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Arthur Delaney

Down, Not Out: Unemployed In Ohio

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

UPDATE 9/8/10: Marvin Bohn told HuffPost that after 25 months of unemployment, he scored a gig this summer as a dining chef with a catering company. ...

Jobless Forced to Sell Food Stamps on the Black Market to Survive

Seth Wessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seth Wessler

Welcome to the post-welfare world, where Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich's 1996 welfare reform meets the great recession and double-digit unemployment.

Arthur Delaney

Debtors' Revolt: Former Bank Of America Employee Boards The Bandwagon (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A former Bank of America employee has joined the fledgling "debtors' revolt" movement. "I was an assistant branch manager for Bank of America for two...

Arthur Delaney

Texas Man Plans To Camp On GOP Rep's Lawn If Congress Fails To Extend Unemployment Benefits

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If Congress fails to pass an extension of unemployment benefits, Ricky Macoy of Quinlan, Texas plans to take it out on the Republican Party by camping...

Arthur Delaney

Loving Couple's Divorce Official

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Mary McCurnin and Ron Bednar's divorce papers have arrived in the mail. The Rancho Cordova, Calif. couple wasn't having marital trouble -- they still ...

Arthur Delaney

Debtor's Revolt: Woman Refuses To Pay Off Bank Of America Credit Card (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For years, Ann Minch of Red Bluff, Calif., has carried a balance of several thousand dollars on her Bank of America credit card, making minimum monthl...

Arthur Delaney

Uninsured And Sick, Student Begged For His Life

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Freddie Effinger started feeling what he called a "bizarre pain" in his upper thigh during the summer of 2007, just before his third year at the Unive...

Arthur Delaney

Loyal Employee Burned By Bankruptcy Considering Revenge Default On Mortgage

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Linda Amick worked for a big telecom firm for 24 years, climbing the ranks from lowly systems analyst making $14,000 a year to senior management. "It...

Arthur Delaney

Underinsured But Cancer-Free Thanks In Part To Charity Help

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

After a breast cancer diagnosis, Virginia Pivik of Denver underwent a mastectomy in October 2007 and began chemotherapy and a year-long Herceptin regi...

Arthur Delaney

Loving Couple Divorces To Stay Afloat Financially

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For Mary McCurnin and husband Ron Bednar, money trouble has followed health trouble. In 2003, the couple declared bankruptcy after their insurance cov...

Arthur Delaney

Eligible For Help Under Obama Plan But Still Facing Foreclosure

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Donna Whitaker applied for a mortgage modification on April Fools' Day. The joke was on her: Her bank, JPMorgan Chase, lost her paperwork and then den...

Arthur Delaney

Rebecca Johnston, Mother Of Four Featured In Obama Infomercial, Is Headed To Boot Camp

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rebecca Johnston, the mother of four featured in Barack Obama's 30-minute campaign infomercial last fall, will be shipping off to boot camp next Wedne...

Arthur Delaney

Unemployment: An Awful Waste Of Time

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.01.2012 | Business

UPDATE 3/1/2012: Brian Gagnon emailed HuffPost to say that after nearly four years of unemployment, he landed a production job similar to the one he l...

Arthur Delaney

Mary Duffy Speaks Out At Jackie Speier Town Hall

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At a town hall event on Sunday in San Mateo County, Calif., Rep. Jackie Speier (D) broke from the question-and-answer format to ask a specially invite...

Arthur Delaney

Plugging Along At 62 With Lots Of Debt, No Job And No Credit

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

James O'Connell of California wrote the Huffington Post in response to an item about credit card companies tightening payment requirements for cardhol...

Arthur Delaney

Unemployed Due To Illness, Glad To Be Alive

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Faye Harris, 52, recently emailed the Huffington Post about losing her job as an accountant at Emory University Hospital in April. Reached by phone, ...

Arthur Delaney

"I Never Thought I Would Be In This Spot At This Age": Emails From The Unemployed

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Unemployed people send me emails every day. They write in response to the series of articles I've been writing about other unemployed people, folks ...

Arthur Delaney

No Health Insurance Due To Lack Of Enema

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

David Wheeland of Libertyville, Ill., lost his health insurance when he quit his job to care for his mother and uncle in 2007. He didn't plan for the ...

Arthur Delaney

Letters From The Jobless: "I'm Not Exactly Sure Where I Went Wrong"

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

People send me e-mails every day in response to items I've written about unemployment that ask for readers' stories. It's a simple thing: people are r...

Arthur Delaney

Unemployed -- And Crossing Her Fingers For A Health Care Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Health insurance is mighty important to three-time cancer survivor Mary Duffy, of Redwood City, California. So when she lost her job in June 2008, she...

Arthur Delaney

Recession And A Fire Reunite Estranged Father And Son

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Christopher Hardin, 54, wrote the Huffington Post to say he'd found a bright side to long-term unemployment. He'd become friends with his estranged fa...

Arthur Delaney

Down, Not Out: Unemployed And Happier Than Ever

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Dixie Redfearn of Nevada City, Calif. wrote the Huffington Post to say her 30-year journalism career ended when she lost her job more than four months...

Arthur Delaney

Down, Not Out: Laid-Off Journalist Tries The Back-To-School Strategy

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Jennifer West lost her job as an editor over a year ago. She couldn't find a new gig. Now she's in school to get a master's degree in childhood specia...

Arthur Delaney

Surreal Unemployment At 55 [UPDATE]

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.15.2011 | Business

Story updated below. For Steve Dittmann, 55, unemployment has been surreal: "It's like there's two worlds out there: People who are still worki...

Arthur Delaney

Obama's "American Stories": Families Profiled In Campaign Ad Struggling Six Months Later

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Election Day neared last fall, the Obama campaign went big with a 30-minute television ad that profiled four American families struggling to keep a...