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Girls and Shameless

Girls’s Hannah and Shameless’s Fiona are both penniless twentysomethings finding their way through big cities, but Hannah has a college degree—and a safety net.

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.

Blogs

What some leaders in the fight against poverty are thinking about this Thanksgiving.

November 21, 2012

A new report from the Half in Ten campaign demonstrates—once again—that we know what to do to dramatically reduce poverty. The question remains: Will we do it?

November 21, 2012

Everything you need to know about our so-called “Fiscal Cliff” and the janitors in Cincinnati who are truly living on the edge.

November 16, 2012

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