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Poverty news and analysis from The Nation

  • October 1, 2010

    Talking Social Security

    It’s time to get serious about sustaining social security. 

    Katrina vanden Heuvel

  • September 24, 2010

    The Collapsing of the Commonwealth Games

    The 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi are on the verge of a historically unprecedented complete and utter implosion.

    Dave Zirin

  • September 23, 2010

    Is the Drug War a Class War?

    The war on drugs. We keep calling it that, it seems, because we like wars on abstract concepts.

    Laura Flanders

  • September 20, 2010

    Losing Ignition

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

    Amanda Lewan

  • September 20, 2010

    Books, Brilliance, or Burgers

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

    Deric Mendes


  • September 17, 2010

    The Poverty Nation Washington Built

    The massive job losses between 2008 and 2009 were surely the biggest factor in the record poverty numbers the Census just reported. But those harrowing months were neither the beginning nor the end of the problem.

    Kai Wright

  • August 19, 2010

    Conversation: Kai Wright & Tony Romano on Public Housing Access

    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.

    The Nation on Grit TV

  • August 4, 2010

    Food Stamps or Teachers?

    The fight over Congress’s jobs bill has made the GOP’s midterm election strategy clear: stubbornly oppose anything and everything that might improve the economy and hope voters blame Democrats for these tough times come November.

    Katrina vanden Heuvel

  • May 11, 2010

    Economic Recovery Starts With Good Jobs

    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.

    Mike Fishman and Paul Sonn

  • January 29, 2010

    Prankly, My Dear, They Don’t Give a Damn

    You know how you can tell the Age of Reagan has ended? Because at his State of the Union address, Barack Obama didn’t do any of those ordinary-folks-who-make-a-difference shout-outs to the gallery, as every POTUS (that is, Populist of the United States) has since the Gipper’s first SOTU in 1982. But if Obama had called on someone, given the frustrated and hectoring nature of his speech, I bet I know who he would have liked to ask to stand up and take a bow: James O’Keefe, the putative pimp and ACORN slayer.

    Leslie Savan