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Great Recession

Jobs Report: First Impression

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.04.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

With today's report, private sector employment has finally regained its pre-recession peak. It has taken more than six years for private sector jobs to recover, an extremely stark reminder of the depth of the downturn and the weakness of what's been a plodding labor market recovery.

Throwing Rocks at the Dark

Craig Giesecke | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Craig Giesecke

Caught between a life they no longer have and a government support system that's constantly under rabid attack, the result the unemployed are facing is anger, and personal and professional inertia.

It Was The Best of Times, The Most Indulgent of Times

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.02.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Young Americans have gotten a fair share of criticism in recent decades. For the harshest critics, it's a generation of narcissistic brats. Have they been spoiled by indulgent, overprotective parents, who lavished their kids with unearned praise? Or perhaps it's something else entirely.

Great teachers have a great impact

Dale Hansen | Posted 04.01.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

Since the start of the Great Recession, public employees have been the target of much disdain and many cuts. One of the sectors hardest hit from these...

Greenspan's Greed and the Federal Deficit

Harlan Green | Posted 03.28.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

We have you to thank, Dr. Greenspan, for those "opportunities for avarice" that resulted from of your unbridled enthusiasm for such policies at that time. It also brought on the Great Recession and record deficit we have today.

"FedUp" Activists Identify the Source of Economic Pain -- The Federal Reserve

Jerry Ashton | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Jerry Ashton

For the first time since the '30s, the 99 percent stood up and pointed out the real culprits -- Wall Street and the politicians they own. People listened, they heard, and began to believe.

Understanding How Americans View the Environment

Steven Cohen | Posted 03.24.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

It is a mistake to think that most Americans, especially young Americans, "don't get it" or don't care about the planet. They do.

So Fannie and Freddie Weren't the Problem...

Harlan Green | Posted 03.21.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

We are learning just how much mortgage fraud was committed by 18 national and international banks and other financial entities that the Federal Housin...

The Recession's Permanent Wounds On My Generation

Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.13.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I went through the first 35 years of my working life having to look up how to spell 'laid off.' For real. It was just one of those brain twerks; to this day, I never type the words 'meditate' or 'environment' right the first time either. But I sure learned how to spell 'laid off.'

Only One Country Recovered From The Recession Faster Than The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

The U.S. economy recovered from the recession quicker than every country except Germany, according to a report released Monday by President Barack Oba...

Janet Yellen's Nemesis--The Great Moderation

Harlan Green | Posted 03.06.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

New Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen has a great task ahead of her. How to combat the results of the Great Moderation, as it was called, that period of l...

Zach Carter

How Bill Clinton's 'F***in' Lie' On The Debt Kneecapped Democrats

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An internal Clinton administration memo, released last week, appears to show economic adviser Gene Sperling decrying parts of a planned ...

The Future of Democracy

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

A recent essay in The Economist examines what's gone wrong with democracy. The last quarter of the twentieth century was a heyday for democracy as n...

Oscar React: The Real 'Wolfs of Wall Street' Are Still Roaming Free

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 03.03.2014 | Business
Dennis M. Kelleher

To the extent that the movie implies that this relatively small time hustler was Wall Street's biggest, worst, most notorious or even a representative wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorcese are howling up the wrong tree.

Joe Moglia's Personal Story (Behind His Success)

Natalie Pace | Posted 02.28.2014 | Business
Natalie Pace

In the first of my two-part interview with Coastal Carolina head coach (and TD AMERITRADE chairman) Joe Moglia, we drilled into the details of Joe's Be a Man philosophy, which, according to him, is what lies at the heart of his success in business, on the football field and in life. Here's what BAM looks like in action.

Be a Man: Success Strategies From a Winning CEO and Head Coach -- Joe Moglia

Natalie Pace | Posted 03.03.2014 | Business
Natalie Pace

He took a college football team that was one of the worst in the country, and made them division champions overnight, two years in a row. Before becoming the head coach at Coastal Carolina, Joe was the CEO and chairman of TD AMERITRADE, where he led the company from a market value of $700 million to $10 billion.

Watch: The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Everyone knows about the military-industrial complex, which, in his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned had the potential to "endanger our liberties or democratic process" but have you heard of the "Deep State?"

An Anthropologist Looks at the United States

American Anthropological Association | Posted 02.21.2014 | Impact
American Anthropological Association

We need to look in the mirror, or be remembered as living in a mirage.

Nostalgia for the Past Won't Cure Greece's Ills

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

With just a few months until the upcoming double elections in Greece, the political system has never been more in a state of flux across the political spectrum.

Land: They're Not Making Any More of It

Anita Verma-Lallian | Posted 02.21.2014 | Business
Anita Verma-Lallian

There is an upswing for raw land. As demand for housing grows, demand for land grows. It's a simple fact of economics and American ingenuity.

Weak Employment Is American Austerity at Work

Harlan Green | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Is economic growth grinding to a halt, even as pundits predicted better growth in 2014? It does look like past austerity policies are still holding U.S. back.

If You Want to Play Doctor, Don't Hire an Insurance Company as Your Receptionist

Barbara Garson | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Barbara Garson

If it was hard for underwater homeowners to distinguish between bankers and bureaucrats while they were losing their homes, it will be even harder for frustrated sick people to untangle the public and private strands so tightly braided into the Affordable Care Act.

Will Your Job Disappear?

Erik Brynjolfsson | Posted 03.30.2014 | World
Erik Brynjolfsson

The improved technologies of the Second Machine Age will create enormous bounty, but shared prosperity depends on more than technology. It also depends on our willingness to reinvent our skills, organizations and policies to keep pace with accelerating technical change.

Capitalists for a Higher Minimum Wage

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Unz has part of the equation right: Raising the wage floor brings up the rest of the economy. But he departs from the progressive view in a key respect: A higher wage floor won't really help workers unless it lifts all equally, built to be as level as it is broad.

I Am The New Working Poor And I'm Not Alone

Dennis Powers | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Dennis Powers

I am the new working poor. The "better life" that my parents worked so hard to make for me, that I worked so hard to improve, had come down to this decision: whether to purchase food for my belly or the medication to prevent another stroke.