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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 richest 400 Americans are worth just over $2 trillion dollars, and yet we're still cutting food stamps.

November 1, 2013

The Senate HELP Committee takes up the Older Americans Act--a safety net for seniors living in or near poverty.  

October 28, 2013

It’s time to stop bemoaning the lack of political will to confront poverty, and instead focus on creating the political will.

October 28, 2013

The history of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers shows us just how much can be accomplished with savvy organizing at the grassroots and perseverance.  

October 18, 2013

GOP proposals to defund Obamacare are the equivalent of a death sentence for thousands of Americans.

October 11, 2013

Cut off from federal funding, programs serving abused women may be forced to close. 

October 8, 2013

The state of things for people in poverty—made worse by the sequester and shutdown—should cause awe in every member of Congress.

October 7, 2013

Poverty Day--the one day every year when the mainstream media turns its attention to the poor--was last week. Here are five things you might have missed amidst the frenzy of coverage.

September 27, 2013

The Republican argument in favor of food stamp cuts lives in an alternate reality. 

September 20, 2013

The new Census data on poverty doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know--nothing will change without a formidable political movement.

September 20, 2013