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It's Time to Talk About the Poor | The Nation

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Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry

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It's Time to Talk About the Poor

In 2011, nearly 5.7 percent of Americans struggled to put food on the table. But with an overwhelming focus on the middle class at both national conventions, rising poverty went largely unmentioned. Nation columnist Melissa Harris-Perry and Nation blogger Ari Melber ask, Why has a real conversation about America’s poor been mostly missing from this election?

—Christie Thompson

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