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It takes a hurricane to raise awareness that the
numbers of poor people are growing on George Bush's watch. Will that be
enough for the President to begin to level the playing field?

The Bush budget cuts programs for the hungry.

In American Dream, his masterful new book about welfare reform, Jason DeParle brings together two groups of people who rarely seem to meet: welfare policy-makers and welfare recipients.

Not being "middle class," the poor have been invisible in this campaign.

Hidden in a Census Bureau report on poverty released in late August is a factoid with significant political and social consequences. Poverty has moved to the suburbs.

The main effect of bringing back the draft would be to further militarize the nation.

Advocates are demanding not just equal but decent schools for all children.

Like mushrooms after a spring rain, signs pop up at this time of year in hardscrabble urban neighborhoods across the country, promising quick and easy money.

Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty in his State of the Union Message exactly forty years ago.

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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

As deceptive right-wing attacks on Social Security continue, some Democrats have gone on the offensive—seeking to expand rather than cut the vital program.

July 17, 2014

A new initiative aims to put wages at the heart of the inequality debate.

June 4, 2014

By forcing people on welfare to trade personal dignity for social entitlements, the system seeks to shrink public spending at an unconscionable moral cost.

May 29, 2014

A new study says the change could save lives and improve health statewide—good news for the 40 percent of poor households led by single women.

May 23, 2014

A new bill proposed by the House Appropriations Committee focuses on tackling rural, not urban, hunger thereby focusing efforts on poor whites rather than people of color.

May 22, 2014

A big-city mayor proposes moving toward $15-an-hour. A movement builds.

May 2, 2014

With coal not paying the bills, West Virginia has turned to prison construction.

April 21, 2014