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Encouraging Citizenship: A Win-Win for Businesses, Their Employees and Our Economy

Ali Noorani | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Ali Noorani

On this Citizenship Day, we must recognize the many benefits citizenship brings to immigrants and to our country. We are a better place when immigrants follow through, become citizens and become fully accountable in our American democracy.

What Is American?

Ryan Banfill | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
Ryan Banfill

When I was in high school, a fellow teenager asked me, "Why do you speak all proper and s*%t?" I have watched people stare at me as they tried to get to the courage to ask me, "What are you?" Incidentally, it's that same question my children get asked even today.

How You Can Actually Look Forward to Mondays (No, Really)

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 11.16.2013 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Are you mopey on Sunday nights because you dread going to work the next day? If you've lost the passion for your job and feel like you are in a professional rut, it's time to take stock and assess what you really want out of your career.

It's a Soap Opera Running an Airbnb With My Thrifty New England Husband

Cynthia Dill | Posted 11.13.2013 | Women
Cynthia Dill

No one likes to lose and nobody wants their losses hung out to dry. Last November, I did both when I ran for the United States Senate. It wasn't just losing the election. That was no surprise. It was losing by so much. The magnitude was sobering.

Laurie Erdman: How Do We Create More Prosperity?

Laurie Erdman | Posted 11.09.2013 | Business
Laurie Erdman

I believe the American Dream of prosperity is not lost, yet it's been shrouded in "rugged individualism" gone awry. Prosperity is not found in every man or woman for themselves, fighting over the sales items at Ross.

The New American Dream: It's Not What You Think

Adam Levin | Posted 11.06.2013 | Business
Adam Levin

A great number of Americans are redefining the American Dream. That was the takeaway from a recent Credit.com poll, which showed that nearly one in four people between the ages of 18 and 24 defined the American Dream as being debt-free. Shockingly, that's more than those who dream of owning a home.

Why We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage Now

Ben Mangan | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Ben Mangan

This notion that opportunity should follow hard work is at the heart of the American economic ethos. While I believe in the power of markets, I also believe that the current minimum wage fails to meet a basic standard of reasonableness, and violates American values.

A Labor Day Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Let's use Labor Day 2013 as an opportunity to reflect on the men and women whose heads, hearts and hands have made ours the strongest economy the world has ever known.

The March Was Only a Beginning: Measuring Dr. King's Dream

Ben Hecht | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Hecht

Today, we broadly acknowledge that our diversity is one of our nation's greatest assets. But the full name for the 1963 event was "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." And, examined through that lens, measuring progress on achieving Dr. King's dream becomes much more complex.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Dream in Progress

Lauri Lyons | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Lauri Lyons

MLK's most daring acts of faith were his strategical acts of nonviolence. His stance to fight physical power with soul power, was and still is, a radical choice of weapons.

Dr. King's Dream and the Latino Community: 50 Years Later

Janet Murguía | Posted 10.26.2013 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

We have a broken immigration system that has failed them and has failed us as a country. I hope Congress will heed the calls this weekend that true justice includes enacting comprehensive immigration reform.

Grading Colleges on Access to the American Dream

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

America cannot afford to return to the days when only the scions of the wealthiest could attend college. The nation is most prosperous when prosperity is most shared.

Broken Dreams and Bad Promises

Lisa Longo | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Everything is connected. We can all agree on that can't we? For each and every action there is an equal, and equally important, reaction. This realiza...

Why I Support Compassionate, Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Moises Serrano | Posted 10.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Moises Serrano

I came to the United States when I was eighteen months old. As I moved through public school, I knew that I was different from my classmates -- not only was I hiding that I was an undocumented immigrant, but I was also hiding the fact that I was gay.

We Can Close the Gap Between the American Dream and Reality

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 10.17.2013 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

With political will, America has the ability to promote high and inclusive economic growth, create sustainable jobs, enhance productive opportunities for its citizens, improve public services, and arrest the type of inequality that silently eats away at social integrity and cohesion.

The Indentured Future

Steve Cinelli | Posted 10.15.2013 | Business
Steve Cinelli

Red has become the new black as debt provides a temporal increase in consumption, while transferring appreciation from labor to the capital side of the economy. Have we created an environment of investment or indenture?

American Dreams Come True

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

Parwiz Abrahimi is a brilliant, good-humored grad student at Yale who hopes to break new ground in science and medicine. It can be surprising to learn that when he was a toddler, however, his family was struggling simply to stay alive in Afghanistan.

What Does Equality Mean?

John O'Kane | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
John O'Kane

There's no question that many are down on socialism, or most any other "foreign" ism. But few can have a grasp of what it is. They must be driven by a media-stoked fear of the unknown since the alignment of power in this country now is far from socialistic.

Government Must Be Entrepreneurs' Advocate, Not Adversary

Linda McMahon | Posted 09.29.2013 | Small Business
Linda McMahon

The economy grows when small business owners take a risk -- whether it's launching their own start-up or hiring their first employee or building another factory.

Detroit, General Motors and the American Dream

Steven Conn | Posted 09.29.2013 | Detroit
Steven Conn

The city that built cars was also built by and for the car, and that legacy may prove the biggest obstacle to creating a post-automobile future.

Obama: Revive the American Dream

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

In a speech delivered at Knox College in Illinois, Barack Obama launched his final campaign: a campaign to revive the American Dream. It is worth understanding the scope -- and the limits -- of the president's vision.

The Land of Milk and Honey

Lisa Longo | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Ann Coulter asked a question in an essay she published online on July 17th: "Instead of turning every story about a black person killed by a white pe...

4 Ways to Increase Your Financial Independence

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 09.17.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

While total freedom from financial obligation is probably an unrealistic goal for most of us, there are still a few steps you can take that will enable you to gain firmer financial footing and leave you less vulnerable in times of financial hardship.

Tonight on the House Floor: Discussing the Economic Impact of Immigration

Rep. Tony Cardenas | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Rep. Tony Cardenas

We're going to start by changing the conversation. It's time to make immigration reform a reality, and it's absolutely time to let people know what that reality will mean for their pocketbooks.

Suburban Dreams And Nightmares

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 07.17.2013 | Arts

By David Rosenberg What defines the American Dream? And can you find it in a suburban home? Disillusioned with her own life in the Silicon Valle...