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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.

A vast impoverished population languishes in the midst of our economy.

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American voters care about rising inequality in the US. So why don’t presidential candidates seem to? 

October 16, 2012

There were no questions asked about poverty in the first presidential debate. Here are fifteen suggestions for tonight.

October 16, 2012

Past experience with block granting the social safety net paints a dismal picture.

October 15, 2012

Hundreds of thousands of protesters in more than thirty countries flooded the streets over the weekend to protest debt and austerity.

October 15, 2012

In Wisconsin, a new proposal four years in the making would reduce poverty in the state by at least half—if only there were the political will.

October 12, 2012

Despite a federal obligation to do so, the swing state’s public service agencies are accused of not providing their clients with voter registration forms.

October 9, 2012

In the first presidential debate, not a single question about poverty and neither candidate showed the slightest inclination to talk about it either.

October 8, 2012

Fewer families in poverty are receiving assistance today than they were before welfare reform. 

October 4, 2012

If Obama and Romney answered these questions, voters would have a deeper understanding of poverty in this country and the next president’s vision for taking it on.

October 2, 2012

Before welfare reform there was the Work First program in Mississippi. It was a distaster for the poor then, just as welfare reform is a disaster for the poor today.

September 28, 2012