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What Malia and Sasha Obama's Parents Know About the Value of Language

Nataly Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Nataly Kelly

Mind your manners." "Eat your carrots." "Practice your Mandarin." The first two phrases are often uttered by the average American parents. The last one is heard in far fewer homes.

PLASTIC IS BACK: Credit Card Debt Increased For First Time Since '08

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In December, consumer credit card debt increased for the first time since 2008, according to the Federal Reserve, another strong indication that the A...

Lila Shapiro

Economic Growth Still Not Good Enough To Dent Jobs Crisis

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The American economy sped up in the last three months of 2010, but economic growth is still dramatically short of where it needs to be to make a signi...

Help Wanted! -- (But Not Here)

Dan Rather | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Rather

We're not just creating overseas jobs at an astounding rate, we're off-shoring the innovation and the know-how that we need to lay the groundwork for the future of the American economy.

AP Analysis: Jobs Crisis Still Strong, Economy Will Continue Struggling

AP | MIKE SCHNEIDER and MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Higher unemployment and foreclosure rates, especially in South Atlantic and Mountain states, raised the nation's economic stress in November, accordin...

Ron Paul Talks Gold, 'The Lepriconomy' On 'Colbert Report'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

On the Colbert Report Tuesday night, Rep. Ron Paul and NYT reporter David Leonhardt went mano-a-mano over the value of gold (or, the "lepriconomy," as...

Is America for Sale?

Tom Gerdy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Gerdy

I propose all politicians be issued jumpsuits on their day of election -- a patch will be sewn on the suit for his or her every sponsor. I am sorry for the inconvenience. But if America is for sale, I want to know who is buying.

The Unspoken Solution to America's Problems: The Voter's Guide for November 2

Richard Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Richard Greene

If everyone who wanted America to become clean energy independent by the end of this decade went to the polls on November 2 and voted for candidates that would make this happen, it would happen.

Fareed Zakaria: Restoring The American Dream

Time | Fareed Zakaria | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Some experts say that in every recession Americans get gloomy and then recover with the economy. This slump is worse than most; so is the mood. Once d...

Is Wall Street Zapping America Again?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Rather than helping to finance the day-to-day and investment needs of American business, it takes neither competence nor vision to borrow at the Fed window and use near costless funds investing them in emerging markets.

Third World America: Chronicling the Assault on America's Middle Class...and the Solutions

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

From foreclosures to unemployment to household debt to bankruptcies, the American middle class is under assault -- and America is in danger of becoming a Third World nation.

You're the Economic Expert

Kenneth Kales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kenneth Kales

A fundamental distinction of the American economy, as opposed to others in Europe or Asia for example, is that our economy is dependent on retail consumer spending to fuel growth.

Want Economic Recovery? Focus on Workers

Karen Noble | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Karen Noble

A cure-all might not be in sight, but these actions can help us navigate this tempestuous period in history, not only sustaining less damage but enabling both employees and their companies to thrive.

America vs. Canada

Nelson Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Nelson Davis

I had never heard of something called The Index of Economic Freedom until recently. The 2010 edition of this index published by the Heritage Foundati...

Medicare: Is America the Next GM?

A. Haag Sherman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
A. Haag Sherman

By re-sizing our Medicare system to one we can afford, America can avoid the fate of GM and maintain its competitive position for decades to come.

One Lesson from the 1930s: Financial Regulation Has to Be Bold

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Contrary to what John Boehner says, a big foot needs to be placed on the financial industry to make sure that last year's near collapse can never happen again.

Obama's Big Bang Could Do the Trick

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Francis

What appears to be looming is a massive pre-emptive devaluation of the U.S. dollar as Team Obama readies itself to announce the "Big Bang."

U.S. Economy Battles Host Of Financial Woes

New York Times | Vikas Bajaj | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Almost everything seems to be going wrong for the American economy at once. People are buying less, but most things are costing more. Mortgage rates a...

Wall Street Banks Brace For More Multibillion-Dollar Losses

New York Times | Jenny Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Wall Street banks are bracing for another wave of multibillion-dollar losses as the crisis that began with subprime mortgages spreads through the cred...

Odds Are Growing For Economic Recession

AP | JEANNINE AVERSA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The unemployment rate leaps to a two-year high, record numbers of people are forced from their homes and Wall Street nose-dives again. Such is the fa...