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America doesn't have a drug problem. It has a poverty problem.

For Americans teetering on the edge of poverty, in other rooms there are other trials.

A minority in the House of Representatives has blocked reauthorization of federal unemployment benefits. If Congress doesn't act quickly, the long-term unemployed will start dropping from the benefits rolls.

What's so bad about big-ticket philanthropy? Nothing—except that it lets the wealthy decide how to spend money that would be the Treasury's.

Camden, New Jersey, stands as a warning of what huge pockets of America could turn into.

Unemployed and stranded on the sidelines of a job crisis.

Nation Writing Contest Winner: Students and workers pay the price in the decline of Detroit's automobile industry.

Finding out that higher education and burger production have a disturbing amount in common.

Thirty thousand people showed up outside of Atlanta in search of Section 8 housing vouchers last week; 62 vouchers were available. It's a powerful reminder that the recession is not over.

Creating jobs that pay poverty-like wages might feel like a quick fix, but if it doesn’t get working families back on their feet, it won’t do much for our economy.

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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

Flexible scheduling is creating an on-call nightmare for working people.

October 15, 2014

Wisconsin's governor refuses to act on behalf of low-wage workers.

October 14, 2014

Human Resources Administration announces changes to a system long critiqued by advocates.

October 8, 2014

The stunning figure represents roughly a quarter of households of military members on active duty, the Reserves or the National Guard. 

August 22, 2014

A new bill would let families on welfare afford this basic necessity. What’s wrong with that?

August 13, 2014

But at least his idea for expanding the EITC is a good one.

July 25, 2014

Mothers like Shanesha Taylor and Debra Harrell are caught in a childcare Catch-22 that we made for them.

July 22, 2014