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War on Poverty
War on Poverty news and analysis from The Nation
March 31, 2017
A Cruel New Bill Is About to Become Law in Mississippi
Legislation passed this week would enrich a private contractor while throwing people off public assistance.
December 6, 2016
With Ben Carson at HUD, America’s Cities Really Could Become Hellholes
The neurosurgeon has blasted the agency’s work as “social engineering” and “communist.”
November 22, 2016
Get Ready for a War on the Poor
With Donald Trump and Paul Ryan in control of government, crucial antipoverty programs like Head Start, food stamps, and Medicaid are imperiled.
November 9, 2016
Inequality Gave Rise to Donald Trump’s Presidency
But few of the 60 million Americans who cast their votes for Trump want to see a more top-heavy America.
October 14, 2016
Clinton’s New Anti-Poverty Proposal Is Great, but There’s a Catch
Poor families stand to gain a lot—if they earn formal wages.
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September 14, 2016
The Federal Poverty Line Is Too Damn Low
New data on poverty is encouraging, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.
June 24, 2016
Maine’s Governor Is Threatening to End Food Stamps
The move would kick 190,000 people out of the program, and it’s probably illegal.
April 29, 2016
No Plumbing, No Protection: The Story of Milwaukee’s Evicted
Many of the worst symptoms of American poverty are rooted in the instability brought on by eviction, according to a new book by sociologist Matthew Desmond.
April 19, 2016
Art Matters, Even When You’re Poor
I can’t often afford new toys for my son, but I can give him the gift of creativity.
February 9, 2016
The Misdiagnosis of Terrorism
The real violence threatening America is that of our immoral public policy choices, at home and abroad.
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II