<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-winters/oligarchy-and-democracy-i_b_5206368.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business class="colorbox">Oligarchy and Democracy in America</a>

Oligarchy and Democracy in America

Oligarchy has always seemed far away to Americans. We readily invoke the term for Russian billionaires or robed senators in ancient Rome. But that is changing as we grapple with extreme economic and political inequality much closer to home.

It is axiomatic that money is power. The degree of oligarchy in a society depends on how concentrated wealth is in a few hands, and how easily wealth power can be converted into political power.

Surprisingly, the U.S. data on stratification makes us look worse than ancient Rome. The 500 wealthiest Roman senators were roughly 10,000 times as …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jared-bernstein/maybe-quantitative-easing-was-helping_b_5208510.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business class="colorbox">Maybe Quantitative Easing Was Helping a Little More than You Thought</a>

Maybe Quantitative Easing Was Helping a Little More than You Thought

It’s hard to find anyone outside the Fed to say something positive about the impact of their quantitative easing, or “large-scale asset purchase” program. And while there’s certainly some concrete evidence that it had its intended direct impact of lowering longer-term interest rates, there’s less evidence that it hit its broader, indirect target of investment, growth and jobs.

Still, one cannot help but notice the recent slowdown in the housing recovery and one further cannot help but wonder about the extent to which Fed actions to pull back on their LSAPs is implicated in the said slowdown, though …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-connolly/a-new-us-approach-to-russia_b_5193081.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">A New U.S. Approach to Russia</a>

A New U.S. Approach to Russia

The crisis with Russia requires the U.S. to bring along much of the world to effectively isolate Putin’s government. At the same time, the U.S. has to demonstrate that it is prepared to engage in dialogue when warranted.

Given these diverse needs, which may continue for the long term, consider a universal approach to international negotiations that could be applied to Russia today: After private talks fail or stall, the U.S. could encourage public talks.

The principal communications instrument of public talks is a dialogue document. This would be a series of …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/miyoko-sakashita/obama-ate-what_b_5208280.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">Obama Ate What?</a>

Obama Ate What?

Oh no, no he didn’t.

Oh yes. Apparently he did.

Remember the news earlier this week that President Obama, on his trip in Japan, ate at that famous Tokyo sushi restaurant?

Well, turns out that the restaurant serves one of the priciest and endangered fish on Earth: bluefin tuna.

This is a species that’s the poster child for overfishing. Since large-scale fishing began Pacific bluefin tuna (the kind fished in Japan) has declined by a staggering 94 percent. Bluefin have suffered a similar plight around the globe, largely driven by their popularity …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bayo-olukotun/5-things-for-motocross-ra_b_5208379.html?utm_hp_ref=sports&ir=Sports class="colorbox">5 Things for Motocross Racers to Do In NYC</a>

5 Things for Motocross Racers to Do In NYC

The first Supercross race to be held anywhere in the Northeast United States in 27 years will be taking place this Saturday, April 26 at MetLife Stadium. The penultimate round of the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championships has been touted far and wide as a New York Metropolitan Area event, which is true, but it’s taking place in New Jersey. Since I grew up in the Wawa State, I’m claiming it as our own event.

The fact that this will be the first SX to take place in NJ since 1991, which was ironically the year before I discovered …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/24/tom-wolf-plagiarism-_n_5208267.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business class="colorbox">Dem Gov Candidate Tom Wolf Admits Parts Of Policy Platform Were Plagiarized</a>

Dem Gov Candidate Tom Wolf Admits Parts Of Policy Platform Were Plagiarized

Democrat and businessman Tom Wolf, who is running for governor in Pennsylvania, admitted that parts of his “Fresh Start” policy plan aren’t exactly fresh.

Wolf acknowledged Thursday that parts of his plan were lifted verbatim from papers published by Johnson Controls, an international energy equipment distributor that holds contracts with Pennsylvania’s state government.

“I have directed the staff to make sure nothing like this ever happens again and have asked for a new process to be put in place to ensure it does not,” Wolf said in a statement.

“It …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-p-joyce/job-search_b_5179915.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business class="colorbox">The First Thing You Should Do After a Job Rejection</a>

The First Thing You Should Do After a Job Rejection

Rats! You’ve received the dreaded “thank you for your interest but…” letter, and you really thought you were going to get that job. Maybe you were the number 2 or number 3 candidate.

Close, but no cigar. Dang!

What now? Move on to the next opportunity, right? Of course. But first…

Try turning that rejection letter on its head! Convert it into an opportunity. Maybe.

Send a Thank You Note!

Hopefully you wrote thank you notes to the interviewers after the job interviews. (Right?) So, if you really liked the people and the organization …read more

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Q&A with Dorothy Brinton Parker, Andrew Wyeth’s model and friend

By Frances Stead Sellers

Dorothy Brinton Parker, 64, knew members of the Wyeth family well. She lived close to them in Chadds Ford, Pa., spent summers with them in Maine and was included in many of the family’s social events. Dee, as she is known, also modeled numerous times for Andrew Wyeth, including during the summer when the “Helga Pictures” became public.

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carstravelfood/made-in-america-burts-bee_b_5178196.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business class="colorbox">Made in America: Burt's Bees... and Corporate America</a>

Made in America: Burt's Bees... and Corporate America

I am in disbelief that my favorite toothpaste, Burt’s Bees Multicare Flouride toothpaste — something one takes for granted — has been discontinued. But! It’s available online for $22 a tube and even $95 for two tubes.

Most toothpaste made by Corporate America contain sodium laurel sulfate, which scratches the gum and may contribute to canker sores. It is so rare to find natural toothpaste that feels clean and not artificially sugary and gritty.

This was the case long ago when I was an early user of Tom’s of Maine, back when the tube was an …read more

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