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What really happened on Capitol Hill this week, and a look ahead to the budget battles on the horizon. 

The median income of people over age 65 is less than $20,000. The solution is not to cut that further.

Dollar bill

“Debtpocalypse” is merely the latest installment in a tragic, forty-year story of the dispossession of American workers. 

Jonathan Kozol

Paul Tough and Jonathan Kozol examine how decades of family-unfriendly policies have heightened the stress experienced by many children at home and school.

Jesse Jackson and Gambian president Yahyah Jammeh

The reverend sat down with The Nation to talk about his humanitarian trip to Africa and poverty in America.

Prison

Seven years after Katrina, poor people accused of crimes are being denied their right to counsel and left to languish behind bars.

The Federal Reserve can grow employment tremendously, without the need for any legislation. 

How did we became a nation that fails to help its most needy citizens, and what can be done?

Payday loan office

How government and corporations use the poor as piggy banks.

Homelessness

To restore the American Dream for the 99 percent, we must first bring the “invisible poor” out of the shadows.

Blogs

The great progressive senator fought an often lonely battle to prevent banks and credit card companies from rigging the system against working families. His ally then is running for the Senate now.

October 25, 2012

In the second presidential debate, Governor Romney used the word poverty without saying anything of substance about it. President Obama didn’t use the word at all but managed to talk about issues that matter to low-income people.

October 19, 2012

American voters care about rising inequality in the US. So why don’t presidential candidates seem to? 

October 16, 2012

There were no questions asked about poverty in the first presidential debate. Here are fifteen suggestions for tonight.

October 16, 2012

Past experience with block granting the social safety net paints a dismal picture.

October 15, 2012

Hundreds of thousands of protesters in more than thirty countries flooded the streets over the weekend to protest debt and austerity.

October 15, 2012

In Wisconsin, a new proposal four years in the making would reduce poverty in the state by at least half—if only there were the political will.

October 12, 2012

Despite a federal obligation to do so, the swing state’s public service agencies are accused of not providing their clients with voter registration forms.

October 9, 2012

In the first presidential debate, not a single question about poverty and neither candidate showed the slightest inclination to talk about it either.

October 8, 2012

Fewer families in poverty are receiving assistance today than they were before welfare reform. 

October 4, 2012