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Occupy Wall Street has already made the concentration of wealth at the top a central issue. Now, it promises to do the same with the realities of poverty.

We are losing the war that has been waged by plutocrats against the poor over the past thirty years as wealth has been systematically flowing from the poor to the wealthy.

Like London, New York suffers from extreme inequality, poverty and lack of opportunity.

Did the Poverty Tour succeed in dramatizing the magnitude of poverty’s impact on America—or simply draw attention to its organizers' criticisms of Obama?

The journalist blames teachers unions, not economic inequality, for students’ failure to achieve.

"Me? At a foodbank? Reaching for cans of spam? I'm as lily white as they come! And whats even more disturbing is I'm not alone. There are plenty of formerly known as middle class white folks up in here with me."

 "I believe I could do a really good job for you. If you give me the chance."

Melissa Harris-Perry explains the political history, and dangers, behind today's widening economic gap between the races.

Dense cities are a lot more energy efficient than decentralized sprawl, argues Harvard professor and urban advocate Edward Glaeser.

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Both spending cuts and tax increases will hurt the vulnerable the hardest and fastest.

November 14, 2012

As more and more Americans struggle to get by with low-wage and part-time jobs, it’s time we stop conflating poverty with unemployment. 

November 13, 2012

Thirteen corporations in Cincinnati earned nearly $17 billion in profits in 2011, but the janitors cleaning their offices still are paid poverty wages.

November 13, 2012

Why are politicians and the media ignoring the struggle of 15 percent of Americans? 

November 1, 2012

For three months TheNation.com has pushed for a substantive conversation about poverty in the presidential campaign. Today the Obama campaign responds.

November 1, 2012

Message from America to low-income women: you’re not mothers, you’re just moochers.

October 29, 2012

Paul Ryan’s speech on poverty and upward mobility was all stories and spin, and no substance. 

October 26, 2012

The Republican vice presidential nominee says he wants to fight poverty. Actually, he’s fighting the programs that have reduced poverty.

October 26, 2012

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