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How's That Hope and Change Working Out For Me? Just Fine, Thanks.

Brian Joyce | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Brian Joyce

We're now six years and counting into Barack Obama's presidency, and I have to tell you: That hopey-changey stuff is working out great! Of course, I say that as someone who reads the news and pays attention to the President's accomplishments.

We Must Make Drastic Changes If We Want to Save Our World!

Jackie DeHon | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Jackie DeHon

When a person works full-time that worker must be paid enough to live on with a little to spare. And more and more the only people with much "quality of life" in the U.S. are the wealthiest 1% and those who own and run mega-corporations. We must do something now!

EIU Releases 2050 Economic Forecast: China Dominates

Judah Freed | Posted 06.25.2015 | World
Judah Freed

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in London today released its long-term macroeconomic forecasts with key trends from now to 2050.

Some Homeowners May Never Come up from Underwater

Jorge Newbery | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Jorge Newbery

Remember your childhood summers when you held your breath underwater so long that your head felt ready to explode? For millions of homeowners in America today, being underwater too long has a different impact: they implode.

U.S. Job Openings Hit A Record High

Reuter | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business

(Adds details, background, analyst comments) * U.S. job openings increase to highest level since 2000 * Small business confidence rises to five-...

U.S. Job Openings Hit A Record High

Reuter | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business

(Adds details, background, analyst comments) * U.S. job openings increase to highest level since 2000 * Small business confidence rises to five-...

U.S. Job Openings Hit A Record High

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business

(Adds details, background, analyst comments) * U.S. job openings increase to highest level since 2000 * Small business confidence rises to five-...

Investing in the #1 Economy, China

Natalie Pace | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
Natalie Pace

Part of investing in a new world is discovering exactly what those individuals love. Those countries and industries that are part of the migration of money from West to East will be blessed under the new dominion of China as the world's economic leader.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the presidential race began to resemble 19 Kids and Counting -- fitting, since they're both reality shows many would like to see taken off the air. On Tuesday, Bernie Sanders jumped in. On Wednesday, it was Rick Santorum. Thursday brought us George Pataki. (Talk about your Throwback Thursday!) Yesterday, Martin O'Malley tossed in his hat and next week, Lindsey Graham and Rick Perry are expected to do the same. Not to be out-shined by the new entrants, on Thursday "senior campaign officials" for Hillary Clinton gave a briefing about a rally to be held next month. Can't you feel the excitement? Just another year and a half -- and 241 debates -- left and it'll be over. If only the oncoming flood of clichés, bromides and platitudes could be monetized and exported, our economy, which this week was revealed to have shrunk by 0.7 percent last quarter, would be a juggernaut.

America's Rate of Homeownership Matters to You--Whether You Own a Home or Not

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 05.29.2015 | Business
Garrick T. Davis

Even the most casually informed reader has likely heard at least some of the troubling news and numbers tied to homeownership in America today.

Brutal Winter Took A Toll On The Economy

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.29.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy shrank at a 0.7 percent annual rate in the first three months of the year, depressed by a severe winter and a wid...

Re-Thinking and Re-Imagining Christianity on Pentecost Sunday

Audrey Addison Williams | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Audrey Addison Williams

I am compelled to write about what Pentecost means to me and the potential we have to find a deeper meaning that could offer us a breath of new life, and access to the full power of the Holy Spirit active in daily life.

The Urban Housing Crunch Costs the U.S. Economy About $1.6 Trillion a Year

Citylab | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business

This story originally appeared on Citylab. The dearth of affordable housing options in superstar cities like New York, San Francisco and San Jose (...

What Is About To Crash - The Markets, The Economy? Neither, Even If Greenspan (Who?) Says So!

Terry Connelly | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Terry Connelly

It's late spring, and the Chicken Littles are back. They don't fly but they do cluck.

Hillary Clinton: First Impressions

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

On May 6th, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held her first two fundraising events in San Francisco. I attended an afternoon event, featuring a confident, positive Clinton.

Look to Connecticut for Economic Leadership

Nick Balletto | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Nick Balletto

With social and economic inequality nearing record highs, our nation needs to take real steps to increase the opportunity for upward mobility. Republicans in Congress would be well-served to look to Connecticut as an example, instead of doubling down on failed trickle-down policies

What a Robust Dollar Means for U.S. Businesses - and the Global Economy

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Helen I. Hwang

Recently, the value of the U.S. dollar has risen from strength to strength against a basket of currencies, notably against the euro and the yen. In fact, the dollar has reveled in the longest streak of gains since 1971.

Nearly Half Of States Face Massive Budget Gaps

AP | By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics

ATLANTA (AP) — With the nation's economy at its healthiest since the Great Recession, a surprising trend is emerging among the states — large budg...

Unemployment Rate Dips To 7-Year Low

AP | Posted 05.08.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 223,000 jobs in April, a solid gain that suggests that the economy may be recovering after stumbling at the s...

National Small Business Week: A Reminder to Keep Entrepreneurs Top of Mind Year-Round

John Arensmeyer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

In 1963, President Kennedy proclaimed the first National Small Business Week to honor our nation's entrepreneurs whose innovative spirit and hard work helped make our country great. For more than 50 years, we've carried on the tradition of celebrating small businesses, and for good reason.

U.S. Retail Inventory Moving Slower, Tying Up Cash Longer

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

After several years of turning over inventory more quickly, U.S. retailers are experiencing slower-moving stock, according to preliminary data from Sageworks, a financial information company.

U.S. Economy Growth Has Slowed to Less Than 1 Percent This Year

AP | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER and CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy nearly stopped growing in the January-March quarter, squeezed by a combination of factors that will either fade (...

Is America Like Rome?

Joseph S. Nye | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
Joseph S. Nye

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Given the gridlock in Washington, is America going the way of the Roman Empire? Some analysts argue that the costs of exercising power overseas weakens domestic economies and contributes to their decline because of "imperial overstretch." But America does not fit that theory because defense and foreign affairs expenditures have actually declined as a share of GDP over the past several decades.

Northern Spring, Southern Chills: Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean

Alejandro Werner | Posted 06.21.2015 | Business
Alejandro Werner

Economic growth dynamics vary across the region, broadly along North-South lines. While spring may be in the air for Mexico, Central America, and parts of the Caribbean, the economic climate remains decidedly chilly in much of South America. What is behind these divergent prospects, and how can a sunnier outlook be restored to the entire region?

Janie Velencia

Americans' View Of Economy Reaches New High Under Obama Presidency

HuffingtonPost.com | Janie Velencia | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

Americans are the most positive they've been about the economy since President Barack Obama took office, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday...