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Flipping America's Switch

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 03.13.2012 | Good News
Stuart Muszynski

Americans, both the "99%" and the "1%," need to focus first on what's going right with our country and then develop plans that embrace our shared values and common hopes and dreams.

Five Myths About the American Dream

Michael Ford | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics
Michael Ford

What is the American dream? We began regular study of how people define and perceive the dream three years ago, and have discovered many misunderstandings worth a second look.

DYING DREAM: Its Harder For Americans To Rise From Lower Rungs

nytimes.com | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

Americans enjoy less economic mobility than their peers in Canada and much of Western Europe. The mobility gap has been widely discussed in academic c...

A Lesson From Occupy Wall Street

Christopher H. Lee | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Christopher H. Lee

Although OWS is largely a shape-shifting cloud of ideas and frustrations, there is one concrete solution emanating from the tents worth noting: bold, visionary investment in America's infrastructure.

How Can We Get the American Dream Back for Our Kids?

Mary Ann Rankin | Posted 02.26.2012 | Education
Mary Ann Rankin

If we want to ensure a chance at a better life for our kids, a good place to start is by making sure that teachers have the tools to help their students reach success, step by step.

Tyler Kingkade

Occupy Wall Street Adjusts To Outside Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.21.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- During a recent demonstration in Washington, D.C., several hundred progressives gathered on K Street were protesting the same outrage bu...

Musings of a Mom-to-Be

Preeti Vissa | Posted 02.19.2012 | Parents
Preeti Vissa

There are things that we all need, from good schools to clean air to opportunities for education and advancement, that individuals can't create by themselves. We must do them together.

Hargitay's Comedic Drama About Reality Show Bought By NBC

Deadline | Posted 12.17.2011 | TV

NBC already has a series set behind the scenes of a sketch comedy show in Emmy-winning comedy 30 Rock. Now the network is looking to pull back the vei...

Majority Say They're Living The American Dream: Poll

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.16.2011 | Business

The economy might be failing, pushing millions of Americans down the earnings ladder, but many people nevertheless say they're living the American dre...

Taking America Down the Rabbit Hole

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 02.13.2012 | Media
Stuart Muszynski

By framing everything as a fight, media encourages all of us to be combative in our interactions. To gain press coverage and political advantage, candidates take the bait. The result of this downward spiral is evident in the divisive politics of today.

The American Dream: The Forgotten Leading Actor

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

As any veteran of social movements knows, no major social reforms succeed in Washington without strong union support and mobilization.

To Gain Workers' Votes, Gingrich Slanders Poor

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

What America needs is someone who will challenge the entrenched interests and big money that now so distorts our politics. Gingrich offers a man who profits from those interests, while preying on, not praying for, the weak.

California Dreaming -- A Museum Relic?

Leo C. Wolinsky | Posted 01.29.2012 | Home
Leo C. Wolinsky

Buck Stahl had no idea he was about to create an iconic symbol for the California dream when he asked architect Pierre Koenig in 1957 to build his home on a sparsely developed precipice in the Hollywood Hills.

WATCH: Florida's Rampant Poverty Forces Families To Live In Cars

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.28.2011 | Business

In a country struggling with rampant unemployment and a disastrous foreclosure crisis, it is Florida that is today home to a third of America's homele...

Arianna Discusses The American Dream At The 'Opportunity Nation' Summit

Posted 11.25.2011 | Politics

On November 4th, Arianna participated in the "Opportunity Nation" Summit in New York City. Fareed Zakaria, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and o...

Thanksgiving 2011: America Trusts God, But Will God Trust America?

Calvin O. Butts, III | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Calvin O. Butts, III

At this time of national Thanksgiving, may we be authentic in thanking our country based on the way we act toward each other. Our faith and values have been and can again become our grounding elements.

Not the America I Envisioned

Jim Worth | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Jim Worth

This country, America, has become ugly, and it's my generation that has made it this way.

The Rise of American Exceptionalism

Richard Geldard | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Richard Geldard

If American voters go to the polls blinded by the myth of American Exceptionalism as no doubt will be spun into TV ads by whoever survives the Republican reality show, we will become a parody of our own myth-making.

Icons R Us: Me, You and Joe Paterno

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 01.16.2012 | Sports
Stuart Muszynski

The fall of college football icon Joe Paterno continues to be America's most-watched story. Why does the chronicle of yet another fallen hero resonate with us? What does this say about the pulse of America?

Parsippany, NJ - Lake Hiawatha Woman: 'We Will Get Our Life Back'

parsippany.patch.com | Posted 11.16.2011 | Home

"I don't know how and I don't know when, but I'm determined we'll get our family back together in our house in this neighborhood."...

A Win for Workers, and for Us All

Randi Weingarten | Posted 01.14.2012 | Education
Randi Weingarten

"As Ohio goes, so goes the nation" has taken on new meaning. The people of Ohio used their citizen veto decisively to repeal legislation that would have stripped police officers, teachers, firefighters and other public workers of their right to bargain collectively.

Hollywood Occupying Hope

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.14.2012 | Home
Brent Budowsky

Find me a few stars of stage, screen and song with the principle and courage that Frank Sinatra showed when he stood up for his brother Sammy Davis Jr. in the 1950's and you can change the world and help end this cold season of hardship and discontent.

Lessons We Can Learn From The Koran-Quoting Miss USA

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 01.11.2012 | Women
Hani Almadhoun

Talking heads point fingers at Muslims for mistreating women, but they don't always practice what they preach when it comes to Muslim women wanting to break free.

An All-American Nightmare

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

How about a moment of silence for the passing of the American Dream? No, I'm not talking about the old dream of opportunity. I'm talking about a far more recent dream. I'm talking about George W. Bush's American Dream.

Amanda M. Fairbanks

Measuring Opportunity For The American Dream: Opportunity Nation

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda M. Fairbanks | Posted 01.04.2012 | Impact

NEW YORK -- As of Friday morning, every state and nearly every county in the U.S. has been given an "opportunity score" to determine where in the coun...