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Middle America

A Strange Journey Into A Near-Deserted Secondhand Store

Annabel Osberg | Posted 07.12.2014 | Weird News
Annabel Osberg

On the fringes of the boarded-up hinterlands of a former industrial section of a small Missouri town stands a building, decrepit yet painted a shade of purple so striking that it seems phantasmal against its drab backdrop of deadened grays and tans.

Where America's Middle Class Can Afford To Buy A Home: Akron

Jed Kolko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

For the middle class today, homeownership is well within reach in some parts of the country, but in others, it's more of a pipe dream than the American Dream. Even after taking income differences into account, homeownership affordability varies hugely across the country.

Experiencing Outside the Beltway

Jana Novak | Posted 08.31.2013 | DC
Jana Novak

There is nothing that hammers this point home more than driving though middle America, stopping at gas stations in small towns and big cities, and getting to see and interact with those who do not live "inside the Beltway."

The Cost Of Delaying Marriage

The Huffington Post | Erin Migdol | Posted 03.18.2013 | Weddings

Men and women are marrying later in life than ever before, but a new study reveals the costs of delaying your "I dos." In a report released Friday,...

Moving to a Fly-Over State? FAQs About the Midwest

Carolyn Bucior | Posted 02.09.2013 | Fifty
Carolyn Bucior

OK, I'll just blurt it out: I am moving to the Midwest. Please calm down, especially you, Mom and Dad. I know you never saw this coming and I suspect you have questions and concerns. I've anticipated some of them below.

Q&A With Jim Gaffigan: 'Hot Pocket' Comedian Reaches Out to Our Wounded Soldiers (VIDEO)

Joshua Kors | Posted 05.08.2012 | Comedy
Joshua Kors

Jim Gaffigan recently spoke with me about why he's reaching out to military families, why becoming famous has been both a blessing and a curse, and why his stand-up doesn't need swear words to hit home.

The Rebirth of Middle America

Jay Pelosky | Posted 05.13.2012 | Business
Jay Pelosky

For the first time in decades, Middle America is beginning to generate private sector interest and investor dollars. While the East Coast works off the financial bubble and the West Coast encounters a defense spending down cycle, the heartland beckons as America's new area of economic opportunity.

Middle America and the Westside Subway

John Mirisch | Posted 09.17.2011 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

Leave it to Joel Epstein to connect his experience of running down an innocent deer in rural Nebraska with the proposed Constellation station of the W...

Bristol Goes Dancing and Has a Tea Party!

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Think about it. Is there a better way to seep into the mainstream than reality television? Bristol Palin's appearance on DWTS is one of the most brilliant tactics of twentieth century political messaging.

White Man's Burden: A History of Nationalism from Leonard Zeskind (VIDEO)

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

Zeskind explained to me in this interview that many of the mainstream mouthpieces bemoaning the disenfranchised white man are pandering to an existent culture ingrained with separatism.

Pilot Season: Trying to Figure Out TV's Next Big Hit

Annie Stamell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Annie Stamell

Could we have predicted that Glee or Modern Family would be hits? Maybe, maybe not. Do people want to see the macro themes of our culture on TV, or are they just looking for escapism?

Autumn Harvests From Around The World

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

With the first day of fall upon us, we put together a tribute to the autumn harvest. From grapes and tobacco found in Bulgaria to coconuts from India...

An American's Traumatic Journey Through A Moroccan Jail

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RABAT, Morocco -- When Moroccan guards came to release Illinois retiree James Douglas Willson from prison, he believed that they'd come to shoot him. ...

An Open Letter to the American Media Regarding the Duggar Family

Chez Pazienza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chez Pazienza

Please, in the name of all that's decent, stop, stop, stop treating the Duggars like they're celebrities. They're religious zealots who won't stop having babies. That's it. Nothing more.

Even Practical Omaha May Be Welcoming Change This Election

The Ballot Box | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Ballot Box

By Brad Davis OMAHA -- This city touts a market area of nearly 1.3 million, but it's still the sort of place where people ask where you went to high ...

Middle Americans Are Not Just White, Christian, Working Class Folk

Tami Winfrey Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tami Winfrey Harris

There is nothing wrong with being Joe the Plumber. I just disagree that Joe is a symbol of the authentic American. And I say this as a Middle American.

McCain's Road To Victory

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mayhill Fowler

In Palin, McCain may have found a way to shift attention away from Bush-McCain associations. "In a normal election," Karl Rove said, "the effect of the vice presidential candidate is minimal..."