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Great Recession

Shahien Nasiripour

4 Million Set To Lose Unemployment Benefits -- Even If Congress Passes Extension

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Even as Congress debates whether to extend emergency unemployment checks for more than six million Americans who are approaching the 99-week limit, so...

The American Jobs Emergency Requires Action

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The vast American middle and working class can't and won't buy enough to get people back to work. They're still under a huge debt load. The only viable source for domestic demand is government. But it's not doing its part.

The 10 Most Overrated Things About 2010

Mark Juddery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Juddery

This has been a vintage year for overrated things and people. Sure, every year is a vintage for that, but as some people have noted, it's especially f...

In North Carolina, a Gutsy Move

J. Michael Welton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

North Carolina is stepping up to put its money where its mouth is. It's not counseling clients to spend and build themselves, nor is it lobbying for financial assistance from the state or federal legislatures.

The Crowd That Had the Party Should Pick Up the Tab

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The next time someone tells you about how the middle class needs to tighten its belt to close the budget deficit, remind them of the CEO who just spent $4,000 for a blouse on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

Crazy Talk Radio Fueling Another "Big Lie"

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

Depending on the radio program, we're either about to become a communist or fascist nation (okay, sometimes both), all because of the suspiciously foreign-looking guy in the White House.

For Wall Street: A Loyalty Oath -- to Main Street

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Carla Seaquist

If Main Street takes another shellacking from Wall Street, expect a revolution mounted by Main Street, one that will make the Tea Party's anger seem, in comparison, tepid.

Distention Deficit

John O'Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John O'Kane

The deficit is now all the rage. Though post-election polls show it's jobs and economic certainty that voters want most, it's the deficit that's getti...

Electoral Defeat Shows It's Time Progressive Bloggers Started Caring About the Labor Movement

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Perhaps after the recent election losses, bloggers will stop viewing elections as the key to challenging corporate power -- and instead focus on creating power in the workplace.

Library Cuts Condemed By Authors

The Guardian | Benedicte Page | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

Writers Philip Pullman, Kate Mosse and Will Self have criticised government cuts that could see up to a quarter of librarians lose their jobs over the...

15 Reasons to Be Optimistic About America (PHOTOS)

John Gerzema and Michael D'Antonio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Gerzema and Michael D'Antonio

2010-11-11-Screenshot20101111at3.57.43PM.pngHere's how the recession has rearranged our priorities, awakened our creativity, and reconnected us to the people and things that really matter.

Quantitative What?! We Need the Gershwins!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rick Horowitz

Quantitative easing, Economy is slow, Quantitative easing, We need a booster. Print a lot of money So commerce starts to flow, Suddenly it's s...

Americans, Your Country Isn't So Great

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

America is not so great. Any discussion of "what went wrong" must be prefaced with that statement. Harsh words, perhaps, but I do not utter them in haste. And we need to say it over and over again until we change it.

Mortgage Banker's Forecast: More Regulation Will Cost Consumers and Taxpayers

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Washington, D. C. is hot, but the rest of the nation is not when comparing our unemployment rates to the nation's capitol. "The largest over-the-month...

California: Caught in the Weeds?

Elissa D. Barrett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elissa D. Barrett

You would think the two California gubernatorial candidates were constitutionally incapable of agreeing on a single issue. Not so! But for others, Proposition 19 has been an intense source of debate.

Vote Anyway: Why Our Families Can't Afford to Stay Home on Election Day

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

Sure, lots of us are frustrated by the economy, the war, and lack of progress in Washington, D.C. But there's too much at stake to stay home on electi...

PHOTOS: Haunting Images Of Post-Boom Las Vegas

The Huffington Post | Ryan McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It's been a long, hard fall for Las Vegas. With an economy tied to consumer spending and the housing industry, Sin City region has gone from one o...

How American Income Inequality Hit Levels Not Seen Since The Depression

Posted 10.19.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters, By Emily Kaiser) - In 2007, when the world was on the brink of financial crisis, U.S. income inequality hit its highest mark sin...

Laura Bassett

Recession Was 'Just A Speedbump' For Richest Households: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The richest 1 percent of U.S. households took a significant hit in the recession between 2007 and 2008, according to recent tax data analysis, but the...

A Day Without the Democrats

Rep. Jim McDermott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jim McDermott

A day without the Democrats will take us back to the financial chaos of the 1930s, forever destroying what little security middle class families still enjoy.

America's Poor: Where Poverty Is Rising In America (CHART)

The Huffington Post | Ryan McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Thanks to the recession, 2009 was one of the worst years for poverty in America in more than half a century. The total number of Americans living in p...

Shahien Nasiripour

Bernanke Preps Markets For Further Fed Action Despite Questions About Impact

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke further prepped Wall Street on Friday for another round of Fed activity to lower interest rates despite the risk...

To the Righteous, Wealth Is a Greater Test Than Poverty

Elissa D. Barrett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Elissa D. Barrett

God encourages prosperity and also requires us to use our good fortune for the good of all. To achieve wealth can be admirable, but to use that wealth justly and for the common good is righteous.

When the Poor Conspire to Keep Themselves Poor

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Crises demand far more than tweaking and nibbling at the edges. Obama squandered a unique opportunity, not realizing that you don't bring a spatula to a gunfight.

The Jobs Crisis: Hard Times and Tough Choices

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Even before the results of the November 2nd elections are in, the U.S. is in gridlock. Politicians know we're facing hard times but they're unwilling to make the tough choices required to jump-start the economy.