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Where the Jobs Are

MoneyTips | Posted 09.01.2015 | Business
MoneyTips

The employment picture in the U.S. has been brightening, but the improvement has not been evenly dispersed across the nation. Whether you have just graduated from college and are now looking for your first full-time job or you are looking for a job/career change, you're interested in finding areas with the greatest job opportunities.

Americans Already Know How to Fix This Economy

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Unfortunately, things are getting harder for workers who want to organize. Many states have passed so-called "right-to-work" laws that do nothing but make it harder to form a union. Others have limited collective bargaining rights.

The China Syndrome: Bubble Trouble

Dean Baker | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

The financial markets have been through some wild and crazy times over the last two weeks, although it appears that they have finally stabilized. The net effect of all the gyrations is that a serious bubble in China's market seems to have been at least partially deflated. After hugely overreacting to this correction, most other markets have largely recovered. Prices are down from recent peaks, but in nearly all cases well above year-ago levels. But the stock market is really a sideshow; after all, back in 1987 the U.S. market fell by almost 25 percent for no obvious reason, with little noticeable effect on the U.S. economy. The more serious question is what is happening with the underlying economy, and there are some real issues here.

Taming the Elephant on Wall Street

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Dave Pruett

We're witnessing, I'm fairly certain, market chaos associated with the end of the era of fossil fuels.

Problems in Finland and With the P-Tech Education Miracle

Alan Singer | Posted 08.31.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

According to the standard narrative, a big part of the success of the Finnish education system is the country's focus on math, science and technology education to prepare its students for 21st century jobs.

Obama Has to Brag More About the Economy

Marvin Meadors | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Now is the time for Democrats to rally and speak in unison about the economic performance under this president, something Republicans orchestrate so well. While not stellar and considering we were on the brink of collapse, Obama's economic performance is praiseworthy.

'Green News Report' - August 27, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.27.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina; NASA warns at least 3 ft. o...

Sharing the Millennial Way

Shannah L. Compton | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
Shannah L. Compton

While the classic American Dream is to own everything, cars, homes, luxury items and such, millennials are creating their own version of the American Dream: sharing with access, without owning.

Paid Sick Days Would Move Women Closer to Equality

Ellen Bravo | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

Our opponents refer to paid sick days as "fringe benefits," an "extra" handed out by employers when they can afford it. But the reality is, sick time should be a basic part of compensation, a minimum standard that keeps employers from docking workers' pay or kicking them out of a job for being a good parent or following doctor's orders.

Post-Katrina New Orleans Is Bouncing Back, But Not For The Better

Amy Liu | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Amy Liu

Most agree that the work to reinvent New Orleans remains unfinished. That's true, especially because post-Katrina New Orleans is trending back toward its old self -- a sluggish regional economy with high inequality and not enough opportunities for its residents. That was certainly not the vision.

Low-Income Workers Have Nowhere Affordable To Live, New Report Shows

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics

Low-income workers and their families do not earn enough to live in even the least expensive metropolitan American communities, according to a new an...

Climate Change This Week: Wind Winds Up, Extinctions Explode and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.26.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Your Meat-Eating Habit Is Killing More Than Just Cows -- says a new report, which cites the land degradation, pollution and deforestation caused by rising global demand for meat as "likely the leading cause of modern species extinctions."

Smart, Comprehensive Approaches Will Reduce Methane Emissions

Kim Glas | Posted 08.26.2015 | Green
Kim Glas

States across the country are ahead of the curve when it comes to reasonable programs to limit methane emissions in the energy sector, and we're already seeing good outcomes for workers, communities, and businesses from strong methane policies in states like Colorado and California.

Liar's Poker in Africa: How Hidden Agendas Drive the Politics of Fish in Mauritania

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.25.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

According to a recent World Bank study, fisheries make up one quarter of Mauritania's natural wealth, but the waters off the country in north-western Africa are being overfished. Foreign operators pull out the lion's share of the catch - sometimes legally, sometimes not; suspicions of corruption abound.

Trumping Frustration is not the Same as Trumping Fear

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 08.25.2015 | Entertainment
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Well, given the economic volatility of the world, we are about to see how agile and adaptive Trump is in calming and dealing with people's fears, which flirts with panic as they rubberneck the stock market numbers worldwide.

Tackling Climate Change Boosts Economic Growth

James Resnick | Posted 08.25.2015 | Green
James Resnick

The basis of future GDP growth rests on a host of assumptions including the condition of the environment, quality of health as well as factors such as population growth and demographics.

Between Hapless and Feckless

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
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Jerry Jasinowski

One of the factors driving the current stock market "correction" is the widespread assumption that the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates at its next meeting September 16-17, a move that would serve mainly to drive the dollar up even further and make U.S. exports even less competitive.

4 Don'ts for Investors During a Correction

David A. Dedman | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
David A. Dedman

I see so many investors that start to watch the financial news every waking moment when we start to have a correction. The more you check your investments and listen to the media, the more volatile it will appear -- further fueling your internal panic buttons.

Five Bottom Line Reasons Why Employers Should Hire Ex-Felons

Mike Green | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Mike Green

There is no city in the nation that's growing faster than the population of 70 million Americans with criminal records. As one of them, former real estate developer R.L. Pelshaw is determined to turn this costly societal burden into an opportunity.

New Report Signals National Emergency for Families

Ellen Bravo | Posted 08.21.2015 | Impact
Ellen Bravo

The U.S. is currently the only major country in the world where mothers aren't guaranteed paid leave after childbirth -- forcing many to return to work before they are ready. Only 13 percent of U.S. workers have access to paid family leave through their employers.

Joseph Stiglitz: How "Deep-Seatedly Wrong" Economic Thinking Is Killing Greece

Lynn Parramore | Posted 08.24.2015 | World
Lynn Parramore

The insistence on keeping wages down, stripping away bargaining power from workers, forcing small business owners to pay taxes a year in advance, and cutting pensions will only hamper demand and lead to a deepening spiral of debt.

China's Market Collapse and Currency Devaluation

Natalie Pace | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics
Natalie Pace

In 2014, the Chinese economy became the No. 1 economy in the world, followed by the European Union and the U.S. The U.S. is now considered to be the third largest economy in the world.

Dow Plunges Amidst Fears Of Global Slow Down

AP | Kelly Chen | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market endured its worst performance in 18 months on Thursday, driven lower by another slump in Chinese shares a...

College Affordability: Comparing the Clinton and Sanders Plans

Heather Gautney | Posted 08.20.2015 | College
Heather Gautney

The Clinton plan is a step in the right direction. But it's not debt free. The Sanders plan offers real solutions to the high costs of college tuition and student debt, and as such, real progress towards the building of a robust democracy.

Islamic Call on Climate Appeals to 1.6 Billion Muslims

Yonatan Neril | Posted 08.20.2015 | Green
Yonatan Neril

The world's 1.7 billion Muslims do not recognize a unifying religious authority like the Pope. Nevertheless, three Grand Muftis, clerics from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Indonesia endorsed the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change and spoke at the Symposium.