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Michael Harrington

Fifty years after the publication of The Other America, imagining that the author would find cause for hope—and dismay—in today's political culture.

Homeless child

Who will speak for the rights of the unborn now that Rick Santorum is gone from the race? 

Research exaggerating the costs of social safety nets has been used for decades to launch unwarranted claims against government programs.

Michael Harrington

The Other America offered a view of poverty that seemed designed to comfort the already comfortable.

School crossing

The new version of the federal education law would further entrench the problems besetting schools that serve poor and minority children.

Republicans in Congress are quietly killing the provisions of Obama’s stimulus act that have kept millions out of poverty.

Food stamps

For all its flaws, the food stamp program helps one in seven Americans put food on the table.

Mother with her child

“When Clinton signed Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, I knew single mothers like me would suffer. Fifteen years later, millions have been kicked off the welfare rolls.”

Meet Ginnina Slowe, resident of the nation’s poorest urban county, where poverty is expensive—especially when you try to get out of it.

Poverty in Nebraska

What the Occupy movement could do for poor people—and vice versa.

Blogs

This week’s Supreme Court ruling is one step toward protecting pregnant workers from the whims of their employers.

March 27, 2015

How do you plan a budget, or arrange childcare, when you’re always on call?

March 11, 2015

The government and the opposition do battle as ordinary Venezuelans weather an economic crisis.

March 2, 2015

We don’t tell students with subsidized loans what to major in, but we like to tell people on food stamps what they should buy.

February 18, 2015

In states from South Dakota to Oklahoma, right-wing representatives are pulling every string to try to keep the poor down.

February 18, 2015

We’ve reformed the social safety net at the cost of human lives.

February 17, 2015

Activists in Fort Lauderdale have just filed a lawsuit alleging that the city’s ban on providing food to the homeless violates the First Amendment.

February 2, 2015

Poverty in France’s Muslim communities should elicit public dismay, and not just because it’s among the factors that may have motivated Charlie Hebdo’s attackers.

January 22, 2015

A Dickensian year when food stamps were cut and bankers got everything they wanted

December 24, 2014

Palestinians in East Jerusalem face not just a wall but a welfare system designed to impoverish and ultimately remove them.

November 4, 2014