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Fighting Inequality in Two Americas

Dan Arel | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Dan Arel

We are living in two Americas at once. While we are arguing about the word God on a dollar bill, the religious right is dismantling secularism one brick at a time.

How to Fix Hollywood's Gender Age Wage Gap

Paige Morrow Kimball | Posted 04.13.2014 | Women
Paige Morrow Kimball

In Hollywood or in the corporate world we're still paid less, we keep hitting the glass ceiling and we continue to try to climb the proverbial ladder. (This is for those who may have lived under a rock for the last 100 years.)

A Plan for Tackling Inequality: What's Needed Now

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Winnie Byanyima

Each nation and region has its own circumstances, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. But we know that in countries which have successfully reduced inequality, progressive taxation has been an important tool, enabling governments to invest in good quality health care and education for their poorest citizens.

Inequality Is So Bad Even The Super-Rich Are Getting Left Behind

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.11.2014 | Business

Believe it or not, 99 percenters, the 1 percent feels your pain: It suffers from inequality, too. An extremely comfortable inequality. But still, ineq...

Why President Obama Should Veto the Farm Bill

Carl Gibson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

In the passage of the current Farm Bill, Congress literally just took $9 billion in food stamps from hungry and poor families and gave it out to big agribusiness giants in the form of more corporate welfare. President Obama could send the bill back to Congress and refuse to sign it until Congress properly funds the food stamp program.

I'm a Member of the American 'Used-to-Haves'

Kathleen Ann | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Ann

I'm not a "Never Had." I know what it's like to pay bills on time and have a little left over. I remember vacations and pedicures and going out to dinner. As a "Used-to-Have," I know exactly what Corporate America, lobbyists and politicians have taken away from me.

A Radical Way To Fix The Inequality Plaguing American Justice

The New Republic | Noam Scheiber | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

Maintain and refine, maintain and refine. That’s how progressives talk about the welfare state these days. After nearly a century of expanding gover...

BOTH SIDES NOW: Frum-Shrum Debate if SOTU Blah or Sets Up GOP for Fall in Fall

HuffPost Radio | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2014-02-03-BothSidesNowLogoPlaincolhirescopy1.jpgDavid ('Axis of Evil') Frum & Bob ('Dream will never die,') Shrum clash over whether Obama got traction with 'Give America a Raise!' Are his unilateral actions unconstitutional or inevitable? And will GOP agree to reforms that encourage more minority/young voters?

Hopeless Inequality (or Feeble Politics)?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Obama's plea, 'Give America a raise,' was the most effective applause line of the evening. Even Republicans were compelled to cheer. But his order raising the minimum wage on government contractors will help a few hundred thousand workers and add less than a billion dollars to household purchasing power. He declined to use other executive powers to compel contractors not to violate basic labor laws.

Transcending the Tension Between Climate Change and Inequality

John Fullerton | Posted 03.31.2014 | Green
John Fullerton

The tension can be simplified into a question: Is inequality more important or is climate change more important?

With Racial Disparities Aplenty, We Still Need Black History Month

Eric Cooper | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

We've made progress, to be sure. Americans have elected an African-American president not once, but twice. Yet stereotypes remain and we have cold, hard data -- on incarceration, poverty and educational attainment, among so many other things -- that prove the point.

Are 'Globalization's' Costs Inevitable?

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

You hear often that we "live in a global world now." It's inevitable -- a force of nature -- so don't fight it, they say. This is endlessly repeated, as if we weren't in a "global" world when the first camel crossed a border or the first sailing ship crossed a sea.

A New War On Inequality

Carla Thompson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
Carla Thompson

For far too long, some political leaders have looked at education and economic inequality as two disconnected factors that keep children and families from achieving the elusive American dream.

Elizabeth Warren Explains Why Income Inequality Has Gone Up Under Obama

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently stopped by HuffPost Live to talk about economic policy. See what she had to say about income inequality in th...

The State of the Union Address -- Taking the Longer View

David Coates | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
David Coates

No politician these days gets any traction from the exploitation of bad news, unless he/she is currently out of power and, like the GOP, trying to work their way back in. Democratic presidents concerned with their legacy are not in that position; which is why all we can legitimately expect of any State of the Union Address these days is some sort of claim for progress in the immediate past, plus an equivalent case for more progress in the year to come. That, in truth, is most of what we heard from President Obama on Tuesday evening. Fine rhetoric well delivered, mildly progressive goals modestly pursued, and a strong statement of the continuing importance of American exceptionalism and American power. But just because a president cannot do a full and honest stock-taking of our overall condition, that doesn't mean that we shouldn't.

Cities Tackle Inequality

David Morris | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
David Morris

A growing number of cities are moving into the power vacuum left by a dysfunctional Washington and too-cautious state governments to tackle inequality.

The Robots Aren't the Problem, Politicians Are

Sean McElwee | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

A spectre haunts us -- the spectre of robots. Technology has always been disruptive, but how the gains are distributed is the real issue.

Mr. President: To Reduce Inequality, Good Job Creation Is a Must

Sabina Dewan | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Sabina Dewan

Obama's goal is the right one. Inequality endangers democratic institutions, limits economic mobility, and -- as recent research has shown -- can be damaging to economic growth.

Drinking to the State of the Union for Women

Martha Burk | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

For years I played the "drinking game" during the State of the Union speech, but it got so I couldn't make a dent in a single glass of wine when it came to counting the number of times the word "women" was uttered.

Tonight's State of the Union Should Also Offer Economic Opportunity for People With Drug Law Felonies

Alexsandra Smith | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Alexsandra Smith

As it stands today, felony drug offenders face significant obstacles to joining the economy.

Mr. President, Don't Back Down on Trade in the State of the Union

Amy Liu | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Amy Liu

Despite demonstrable success in job creation and business growth, there are indications the president may sidestep the importance of trade in this year's State of the Union address. That would be a mistake.

Sordid Tale of Bob McDonnell Totally Explains Income Inequality

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

These arrangements enrich some politicians and CEOs while impoverishing everyone else. The resulting rising income inequality is deliberate, not an accidental slip of some clumsy invisible hand of the market.

Live Together or Die Lonely and Mean

Xiu Min Li | Posted 03.26.2014 | San Francisco
Xiu Min Li

Preserving the communities and neighborhoods we live in is the responsibility of all of us. We must recognize the kind of society and community we wish to build.

What a Wall Street Banker Says About Our Society

Sean McElwee | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Could it be that as a society, we are addicted to growth? There are numerous indications that this is the case.

Winner Take All: Soaring Inequality in the U.S. and Why It Matters

Tim Koechlin | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Tim Koechlin

For more than three decades, the U.S. has been suffering from a crisis of inequality. The Democrats have not taken this crisis seriously enough. The Republicans seem hell-bent on making it worse.