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Federal Investigation Finds Corporate Giants Received Billions in Small Business Funds

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Over two dozen investigations have found a clear pattern of blatant fraud and abuse in Small Business Administration-managed programs. It is time for the FBI to step in.

China Versus U.S.: Clashing Monetary Paradigms

Nathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Lewis

It's absurd to accuse China of "currency manipulation." China has a policy of no currency manipulation while the US has a policy of continuous currency manipulation.

Department of Energy Surrenders in Legal Battle for Bechtel Contracting Data

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

On Thursday, May 20, the American Small Business League (ASBL) won its 7th legal battle against the federal government in Federal District Court, Nort...

Mayor Daley: What Can We Do For The 'Forgotten' Middle Class?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicagoans have been badly beaten by the recession. With thousands of workers out of jobs and foreclosures still on the rise, Mayor Daley decided to r...

Foreclosure: A Sociological Disaster

Ronald Ricker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ronald Ricker

Here's the story of a family that had no choice but to stop paying their mortgage. Though they're receiving help from a local nonprofit, it's unknown if they'll be forced out. Their story is one of millions.

Obama Should Focus On Jobs Not Health Care

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

With his push for health care reform, President Obama has made a tragic mistake that could threaten to push our nation's economy over the edge.

Arthur Delaney

Middle Class Losing Health Insurance Faster Than The Rich Or Poor

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It's the biggest "doughnut hole" of them all: Members of the middle class are losing their health insurance faster than any other income group, accord...

Arthur Delaney

Less Than Half Of Americans Consider Themselves Middle Class: Poll

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Slightly less than half of Americans consider themselves middle class, according to a new survey by ABC World News, and four in ten people who think t...

More Americans Worried They're Fall Out Of Middle Class: POLL

ABC News | Gary Langer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A bit fewer than half of Americans count themselves as middle class -- but many of them aren't sure how long it will last: Among people who say they'r...

Metro Inequality: What Cities Can Do About the Shrinking Middle Class

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

Even the good times of the 2000s weren't so good for most of Americans, since a disproportionate share of the gains went to the very highest income earners.

Five Pieces of Evidence the US is Developing a Strong Underclass

Damien Hoffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Damien Hoffman

The US currently has an underclass reaching about 10% of the population. Keep your eye out for these signs that the US is turning into a two-class society,

No Explanation from Schwarzenegger on Opposition to Pro Small Business Bill

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lloyd Chapman

On May 4th I issued a press release and a Huffington Post blog titled "Schwarzenegger Won't Back Bill to Bring Jobs and Contracts to California." I wa...

How the Middle Class Died of Consumption

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Who will comprise the Middle Class in the future? Will there even be a Middle Class? Most likely not one as robust as what we became accustomed to in the three decades after World War II.

What Would Art Vandelay Do?

Ed Gerwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ed Gerwin

Mobilizing our entire government in support of U.S. exports -- from cabinet officers, embassy officials, ambassadors and the President himself -- will help our companies and workers compete.

Kidney Cancer, Medical Bills Force Washington Man Into Homelessness

HuffPost | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

As part of our Bearing Witness 2.0 project, the Huffington Post is rounding up local stories of formerly middle-class families who are now struggling ...

Your Unpaid Internship Ate My Social Mobility

Noah Baron | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Noah Baron

The unpaid internship problem effects all but the most wealthy. The costs involved in an internship, for many of us, are simply too great.

Doing More, Hiring Less

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

Today's employment numbers, which were flat in February, meld well with yesterday's productivity numbers. We are seeing firms doing more and more without increasing hours and headcounts.

Arianna On 'Real Time': The Middle Class Is Crumbling

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

Arianna weighed in on the state of the American middle class Friday during an appearance on "Real Time With Bill Maher." Andrew Ross Sorkin was also a...

Democrats: Harness the Rhetoric of the Tea Baggers for States' Rights If You Want to Pass Health Care Reform

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Obama made a bold move engaging conservative senators on state-run health care. If he keeps this up he may win big time, installing a "hybrid" of federal and state-run solutions for health care reform.

Creating Jobs Now

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

We need to identify targeted actions Congress can take to spark an immediate increase in jobs. The $15 billion job creation legislation passed by the Senate this week is a good first step.

$250,000 A Year Is Not Middle Class Anywhere In America

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Media voices perpetuate these myths of the impoverished wealthy, in part, because many media voices are themselves wealthy -- and there's no more powerful class solidarity than that which exists among the rich.

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama Announces 'Modest' Foreclosure-Prevention Initiative

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In what senior administration officials repeatedly stressed as a "modest" effort, President Barack Obama announced a $1.5 billion initiative to help f...

The Fire Next Time: IRS Plane Assault Hints of Things to Come

Richard M. Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard M. Benjamin

Deplorable though he might be, Joe Stack is not quite a "random bad apple." We ignore his screed, suicide, and crime at our own risk.

Laura Bassett

Rattlesnake For Breakfast, Wedding Rings On Craigslist: Families Cope With Falling Out Of The Middle Class

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

As part of our Bearing Witness 2.0 project, the Huffington Post is rounding up local stories of formerly middle-class families who are now struggling ...

Five Alternative Resentment Options for the White, Mad Hatters

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

In the category of "duh" but still incredibly valuable for being said -- and well-said at that -- is Rich Benjamin's recent article on AlterNet "White...