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TANF news and analysis from The Nation
December 14, 2018
Jazmine Headley’s Arrest Exposes the Punitive Design of Public Assistance
Welfare offices are the public face of a system designed to control, surveil, and penalize low-income women.
October 16, 2018
The Poor People’s Campaign Calls Out ‘Policy Violence’
The campaign wants to advance a new understanding of poverty as a traumatic experience inflicted by policy-makers.
November 7, 2016
Want to End Poverty? You Can Do Something About It on Tuesday
Before you vote, ask these questions about your candidates.
June 23, 2016
Nick Kristof Is Still Wrong About Welfare Reform
Raising kids is hard work, and as a country we should acknowledge that.
May 11, 2015
Hillary Clinton Wants to Help Families at the Bottom. So Will She Change Her Mind About Welfare Reform?
Clinton said as recently as the 2008 campaign that welfare reform was a success, but its track record has proven otherwise for the country’s poorest.
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March 11, 2015
Should a Criminal Record Be a Life Sentence to Poverty?
New legislation in the Senate is a first step to giving the more than 70 million Americans with criminal records a second chance.
February 17, 2015
Is Welfare Reform Causing Earlier Deaths?
We’ve reformed the social safety net at the cost of human lives.
September 3, 2014
The Republican Playbook for Cutting Anti-Poverty Programs
Paul Ryan’s poverty plan uses old tricks to make deep cuts.
February 19, 2013
Ten Things You Should Know About #TheRealTANF
TANF authorization expires at the end of March. The program isn’t what you think it is.