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Could the erosion of the American middle class be a lasting trend?

Could the erosion of the American middle class be a lasting trend?
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The American middle class was a hurting bunch before the “great recession” of 2008 struck—for decades the gap between the rich and poor in this country has been growing at a fairly steady pace and middle class incomes had been largely stagnant. An analysis from Citigroup back in 2005 found that all of the movement […]

More cohabitation, less stability for kids?

More cohabitation, less stability for kids?

The National Marriage Project released a report last Tuesday stating that children in the U.S. are now more likely to have unmarried parents than divorced ones. The National Marriage Project is the combined initiative of two partisan groups in support of marriage, the University of Virginia and the Institute for American Values. The report found […]

Is there a market for healthy fast food? New chain looks to end greasy stereotype

Is there a market for healthy fast food? New chain looks to end greasy stereotype

Everyone says they want to eat healthier but when it comes down to it the temptations of cheap, fast, and let’s face it, delicious foods usually prove too great to resist. After all, one of the guilty pleasures of eating fast food is knowing that what tastes so good is really so bad for you. […]

New study spoils spoilers

New study spoils spoilers

SPOILER ALERT! Norman Bates is the murderous mother. Darth Vader is Luke’s father. The limping thief is Keyser Soze. And don’t cry, but that dude is no lady. Chances are, you already knew these famous film reveals. But if you didn’t, we might have just done you a favor. This, according to a new study […]

Did Piers Morgan sexually harass Christine O’Donnell: what crosses the line?

Did Piers Morgan sexually harass Christine O’Donnell: what crosses the line?

Former Delaware Senate candidate and self-identified Tea Party politician Christine O’Donnell walked out of an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan this week after a line of questioning she found “embarrassing” and later called “borderline sexual harassment.” She made the accusation on grounds that Morgan was asking her questions he wouldn’t have asked a man. "Imagine […]

Forget about Mad Men – it’s mean men (and women) who are rolling in the dough

Forget about Mad Men – it’s mean men (and women) who are rolling in the dough

Brace yourself. Not only is that guy in the corner office a jerk, he’s probably making more money than you, precisely because he’s a jerk. This is according to a new study, “Do Nice Guys–and Gals–Really Finish Last?” conducted by three distinguished university professors and forthcoming in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The […]

The Maid’s Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream

The Maid’s Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream

Meet Olivia. She was born in Los Angeles and taken to Mexico to live with extended family. At the age of three, Olivia was brought back to Los Angeles to live with her mother, who slept in a room just off the kitchen as a live-in maid for a wealthy family. Raised alongside the children […]

Could you have a missing twin…or be someone else’s?

Could you have a missing twin…or be someone else’s?

Stories of babies being switched at birth are typically confined to tabloids or fairy tales, but it is very real for identical twins Anna and Bella, who were separated after being born. In Dr. Nancy L. Segal’s book Someone Else’s Twin: The True Story of Babies Switched at Birth, she explores the accounts of Anna […]

Too real? The dark reality behind “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”

Too real? The dark reality behind “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”

In Bravo’s long running “Real Housewives” franchise vanity and excess share center stage along with the spouses of the super-elite. However, the rose tinted lenses of Hollywood often mask the reality of reality television. Russell Armstrong, who starred in a season of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” along with his wife, Taylor Armstrong, was […]

Raising a child with an uncooperative ex

Raising a child with an uncooperative ex

For the past three decades, the divorce rate in U.S. has hovered around 50% so it’s safe to say that millions of American children have been affected by divorce. Raising a child in the aftermath of divorce can be extremely difficult but doing it with a former spouse who is unyielding and difficult poses particular […]