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Hope for American well-being in the next century

The co-founder of a project measuring American well-being sees hope for the next century in spite of poor results Sarah Burd-Sharps, co-founder and co-director of The Human Development Project (HDP), an initiative measuring human well-being in the U.S., is optimistic about the future of this country. Her optimism is not grounded in Americans’ current state [...]

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The alphabet soup economy

Are we in an ‘L’, ‘V’ or ‘W’ shaped recession?

As midterms near, Democrats weigh two hot-button issues

President Obama is contending with two hot-button issues: gays in the military and government spending.

Texas school board approves controversial textbook changes

The Texas education board approved sweeping changes to its state curriculum that would give social studies books a more conservative bent.

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Auto carve-out awaits Senate vote

The Senate’s financial reform bill includes an amendment that would exempt car dealers from new lending regulations.

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Financial reform clears Senate, but some say it’s not enough

The financial reform bill vastly reshapes federal agencies and creates several more, including one to monitor financial markets and another to police lending.

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Bridging the gender wage gap

According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, women who work full time earn about 77 cents for every dollar that men earn annually, despite the fact that women tend to be more educated than working men.  And the numbers are even more discouraging for women of color: African-American women earn 61 cents, and Latinas [...]

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The EU-bailout aftermath

Will the $1-trillion bailout plan work? We took a quick survey of prominent reactions to the ambitious plan.

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Report: Black-white wealth gap is widening

A new report says the disparity in wealth between black and white Americans has multiplied fourfold since 1984.

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As Texas goes, so goes the nation?

Decisions made by the Texas school board on which materials to include in textbooks can have ramifications across the U.S. Or can they? Three experts weigh in.

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Children working on farms at younger ages, report says

More kids are working at younger ages on farms, according to a new Human Rights Watch report, and a bill pending in Congress attempts to change that.

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  Is the Texas school board rewriting history?

Members of the Texas education board open a new front in the culture wars with a push for ideologically driven curriculum standards.