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Walmart's Founding Family Could Literally Buy Every Home In Seattle

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 06.06.2014 | Business

Walmart’s founding family could afford to buy every home in Seattle. Literally. The Walton family's combined wealth of $154.8 billion is enough t...

Shareholders Pressure Wal-Mart for Lobbying Disclosure

Al Norman | Posted 07.26.2014 | Business
Al Norman

The heirs of Sam Walton control more than half of the total 3.23 billion outstanding shares in the company. Last year, of the four shareholder resolutions listed on the Proxy Ballot, none garnered more than 17 percent of the voting shares. This year, of the three shareholders resolutions, only one is new: "Request for Annual Report on Lobbying."

Can Portlandians Starve Wal-Mart?

Al Norman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Al Norman

It will take a couple of years to see if Tigard can truly starve out their Wal-Mart. The fact that Tigard First has a 12 month head start to gather pledges surely casts a shadow over this place that Wal-Mart wants to call home. But once the doors open--will those pledges stick?

The Marriage of the Giants: Big Data and Big Box

David Sable | Posted 12.28.2013 | Business
David Sable

Twitter and Royal Mail go public in a similar time frame, and while nothing about them seems similar at all, maybe their futures are more linked than not.

The Koch Brothers Are My Brothers

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

If I ever run into Charles (MIT 1957) or David (MIT 1962) at one of their regular Palm Springs get-togethers for the ultra-conservative wing of the .001 percent, I'll make sure to give them the secret handshake, quietly mutter "Phi Kai Phi" and sing a few refrains of one of the fraternity's drinking songs.

"Unwinding": The Power and Limitations of Story

Michael Jinkins | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

Many people seem to have lost confidence in the structures that previously gave meaning to and provided the organizing principles for social life, whether civic, educational or religious, political, legal or moral, and which communicated core values from one generation to another.

What I Learned on the Bus to Bentonville

Al Norman | Posted 08.10.2013 | Business
Al Norman

Thirty-six years after Wal-Mart was founded, an organized group finally went into Mr. Sam's neighborhood to make it clear that the will of the people was to drive Wal-Mart out of hometown America. That's what brought us to Bentonville.

Keep Hope Alive

Lester & Charlie | Posted 04.02.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Hey, in this country of inflationary inequality, gerrymandering, hanging chads and corporations that are people too, my friend -- the lottery seems to us like the last bastion of true democracy!

Wal-Mart Discovers 'Made in America' -- Again

Al Norman | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business
Al Norman

We can be sure of one thing: Wal-Mart has promised before that it would Buy American -- and it didn't. Like Sam Walton's promises 20 years ago, Bill Simon's rediscovery of American manufacturing in 2013 isn't worth the paper his press release was printed on.

Waiting on Walmart: Understanding Retail at the National Retail Federation Expo

Stuart Appelbaum | Posted 01.11.2013 | Business
Stuart Appelbaum

Retail jobs are a crucial source of income for the families of workers in this sector, so why are there currently more than one million retail workers and their family members living in or near poverty? That's not what economic recovery looks like.

Pushed Over the Fiscal Cliff by Wal-Mart

Al Norman | Posted 01.19.2013 | Business
Al Norman

If America goes over the Fiscal Cliff, we will find Wal-Mart waiting or us at the bottom with a check-out register.

Shopper Assaulted Over Wal-Mart Pumpkin

Al Norman | Posted 12.29.2012 | Crime
Al Norman

Rockey Carter is asking Wal-Mart for an apology. But he is unlikely to get one.

Walmart: 50 Years of Gutting America's Middle Class

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 09.04.2012 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

While the big-box business model Sam Walton pioneered half a century ago has been great for Walmart, it hasn't been so great for the U.S. economy.

Alice Hines

Justin Timberlake, Bill Clinton Shill For Walmart At Annual Meeting

HuffingtonPost.com | Alice Hines | Posted 06.01.2012 | Business

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- What do Taylor Swift and Bill Clinton have in common? It's not the folksy accents, though, perhaps those helped them score t...

Alice Hines

Flirting With Arrest And Aerosmith At Walmart's Shareholders Meeting

HuffingtonPost.com | Alice Hines | Posted 06.01.2012 | Business

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- "Fifty years of Walmart, baby. Can you handle that?" Words that never before escaped the mouth of Aerosmith's Steven Tyler se...

Say Goodbye to the Wal-Mart Greeters

Al Norman | Posted 04.02.2012 | Business
Al Norman

The fun is over. Sam Walton's "greatest idea" is dead -- apparently a victim of the recession -- several thousand Wal-Mart greeters are coming in from the cold, to circulate around the store, helping customers find cheap Chinese underwear, and other useful functions.

Occupy Wall-Mart: Save America. Live Better.

Al Norman | Posted 02.04.2012 | Business
Al Norman

The encampments against corporate greed in the financial districts of America could just as well have appeared outside of Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. There is no better example of corporate exploitation in the world.

Wal-Mart Heiress Stands Firm As Art Museum Set To Open

Posted 01.07.2012 | Arts

At this point, Alice Walton knows how to brush off the critics. After unveiling plans for the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in her hometo...

Dukes Puts 'Em Up Again

Martha Burk | Posted 12.28.2011 | Business
Martha Burk

Remember Dukes v. Walmart, the case that the Supreme Court threw out because the company claimed it was too big to be sued for sex discrimination. Well, like Freddy Krueger every Halloween, it's ba-a-a-ck.

School Choice Advocates Hope To Build On Gains

| Bill Lueders | Posted 11.25.2011 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. This is the third of a three-part series by Bill Lueders exam...

How The Walmart Family Heirs And Others Are Changing The Face Of Education

| Bill Lueders | Posted 11.20.2011 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. This is the first of a three-part series by Bill Lueders exam...

The Myth of The Million-Dollar Idea

Thom Ruhe | Posted 11.12.2011 | Small Business
Thom Ruhe

Founders like Brian Scudamore remind us that rather than breakthrough ideas accelerated by loads of venture capital, it is often simple solutions to everyday problems, combined with years of persistence and business-building, that lead to entrepreneurial success stories.

Walmart Heir's Mega-Museum

Posted 08.20.2011 | Arts

A piece in next week's New Yorker will shed some light on Alice Walton, art collector and daughter of Walmart's founder, Sam Walton. Her collection, t...

Struggling Walmart Finds Early Success In Scaled-Down Stores

Posted 08.15.2011 | Business

CHICAGO (Jessica Wohl) - After hitting a couple of easy layups by opening small stores in its home state, Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) is ready to ...

The 10 States Where Walmart Is King

Posted 07.23.2011 | Business

Walmart, the world's largest retailer and the largest company in America based on sales and employees, has tried to argue since the beginning of the r...