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Why We Don't Need A Second 'War On Poverty' (At Least Not Now)

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Rigby

We don't need a national discourse on poverty but a shift in attention away from disadvantage toward an examination of the concentrated advantages provided to those already flourishing in our society. It then becomes clear that it is not only poverty but inequality that plagues the poor.

Higher Education: The Revolution That Really Matters

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 03.14.2013 | College
Robert E. Johnson

The promise of online learning is already beginning to show holes, only a year or two after it was held up as the panacea that will make higher education available to all. The problem is money.

An Economy That's Working

Cylvia Hayes | Posted 03.11.2013 | Green
Cylvia Hayes

f we really lean into this we will simultaneously increase prosperity for our people, reinvigorate the American Dream, and restore this magnificent blue planet. This is the greatest challenge and opportunity of our lifetime.

The Fiscal Cliff: A Box Office Hit for the Governing Class.

Jeff Faux | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Jeff Faux

The latest episode of the political melodrama "Fiscal Crisis" has ended, and the next one -- the vote on the debt ceiling in two months -- is already being promoted. It promises to follow the familiar story line.

Dear Huddled Masses, Please Come to America and Save Us!

Peter Samuelson | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics
Peter Samuelson

To those 885,800 immigrants who arrived this year (up 110,000 from the year before), I say "Thank you for coming! We welcome and cherish your contributions to our economy. Please ignore the right wing nut jobs who want to send you away.

College Is False Promise For Many Poor Students

The New York Times | Posted 02.21.2013 | Education

Angelica Gonzales marched through high school in Goth armor -- black boots, chains and cargo pants -- but undermined her pose of alienation with a pla...

The Fool's Guide to Life After School

David Trumble | Posted 02.18.2013 | College
David Trumble

I loosely consider this "The Fool's Guide to Things You Won't Truly Realize for About 10 Years." And like your futures, they shall be told in no particular order.

President Elizabeth Warren

Stephan Richter | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Stephan Richter

2016 will be the year of the woman in U.S. presidential politics. By electing a woman as president in 2016, the United States can finally leave the era of male-dominated politics at the top to Russia and China. Next, imagine that woman is Elizabeth Warren.

Note to Italy: Please Send Us More Saracenos

William K. Black | Posted 02.05.2013 | Business
William K. Black

Italians have to choose. They can continue to waste the talents of millions of Italians, particularly their young, through Great Depression levels of unemployment. Alternatively, Italy could decide to end its recession, employ its people and create a group of world class universities.

The Rise of the Independents

Judy Frankel | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Judy Frankel

We're going to little league games, antique shows, NASCAR events, the mall, acting as homework helper or cabby to the kids: How can we be bothered to pay attention to politics?

Born to Run: How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Shaping the U.S. Economy

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 12.03.2012 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

Someone might ask 'so what,' but I am asking 'what?' What makes us -- people with accents -- become entrepreneurs here in the United States?

The Latino Vote Goes Far Beyond Immigration

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 01.30.2013 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Is "big" vs. "small" government even a valid question anymore? A robust defense of entrepreneurship and the private sector is still politically popular, but Latinos -- like many younger Americans - don't see this as mutually exclusive with more government.

Restoring Our American Dream

Michael Farr | Posted 11.28.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

Elections are over, politicians continue to bicker, and Greece insists on furthering their already impressive implosion. Thanksgiving may help if it can bring to mind those seminal American values that are the foundation and bedrock of our country.

The Asian-American Dream

Andrew Phu Quoc Nguyen | Posted 01.21.2013 | College
Andrew Phu Quoc Nguyen

Socioeconomic diversity is a good marker of a strong institution. However, social affirmative action pertaining to Southeast Asians has only partially fulfilled its legacy.

Bleeding Competitiveness: Americas New Immigrant Entrepreneurs -- Then and Now (Infographic)

XPRIZE | Posted 01.20.2013 | Business
XPRIZE

By Vivek Wadhwa Vice President of Academics and Innovation, Singularity University. A new Kauffman Foundation study finds that the number of hi...

Twilight of the Old White Guys

Mark Morford | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Mark Morford

This doesn't mean it's going to be easy. This doesn't mean it's going to be smooth or fun or make any sort of cohesive sense. Not by a long shot. And ...

'Shh-Thanks-Givin': My First Thanksgiving in America -- A Former Refugee Remembers

Andrew Lam | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Lam

We had arrived in America with nothing but rags in our backpacks and a few ounces of gold that my mother had tucked into her money belt. An impoverished aunt took us all in. Soon there were 10 people crowding together in Auntie Lisa's tiny two-bedroom apartment in San Francisco.

Next Economy, Buddhist Economy

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 01.12.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

We don't just need more jobs, we also need a rehab of the American dream. To build a new economy we have to let go of the old dream, of that American dream that equates work with necessary evil.

An American Dream for All

Jim Kirsch | Posted 01.12.2013 | Impact
Jim Kirsch

It is my belief that our nation can and will make meaningful progress in putting Americans back to work, and here are four good news reasons why.

Protecting the American Dream Should Be the President's Top Priority

Nitin Nohria | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nitin Nohria

Many people equate the American Dream with the attainment of a set of possessions -- a car and a home or a rising standard of living. Those are certainly desirable, but the more important element differentiating the U.S. economy from most others is social mobility.

We Live in a New World

Ginnie Love | Posted 01.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Ginnie Love

Today I wake and I am not a therapist or teacher, but a student. I am a humble student in awe of the new world in which we live.

The Future Has Voted

Rosario Dawson | Posted 01.07.2013 | Latino Voices
Rosario Dawson

They've come out of the shadows to fight for their families and themselves. And now, the ones who can have shown that they will vote -- and that makes me explosively optimistic about our shared future.

Prosperity, Privilege and Power: My New American Dream

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Jessica R. Dreistadt

If we want prosperity, we need to act with integrity. If we want privilege, we need to share and to serve. If we want power, we need to release our hold on it -- or rather its hold on us. And we need to do so freely, consistently and compassionately.

America Is Awesome

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.25.2012 | College
Michael Shammas

America has problems that should be fixed, but the fact is that in much of the world -- including the war-torn country my parents come from -- people would kill to have our problems.

52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #24, Supreme Court Appointments

Bernard Whitman | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

Electing Romney would be devastating to the future of the Supreme Court and the country. If Romney is elected and Ginsburg retires, over the next four years a real shift in power would occur.