Poverty

Terrible Ten in Congress

Terrible Ten in Congress Terrible Ten in Congress

Do we invest in affordable housing, or a mortgage interest deduction on vacation homes? Congress’s “Terrible Ten” force the poor to sacrifice for breaks for the r...

Sep 27, 2011 / Blog / Katrina vanden Heuvel

Fighting Poverty Now

Fighting Poverty Now Fighting Poverty Now

Last week's poverty figures made the media take notice of our historic poverty rate. Here's what we should do about it.

Sep 19, 2011 / Blog / Katrina vanden Heuvel

Say Hello to the Highest Poverty Rate in 17 Years

Say Hello to the Highest Poverty Rate in 17 Years Say Hello to the Highest Poverty Rate in 17 Years

The Republican plan for greater austerity—large spending cuts on all levels of government—would only exacerbate the pain suffered by lower-income families.

Sep 13, 2011 / Blog / Jamelle Bouie

Jon Stewart Does Obama’s Job for Him Jon Stewart Does Obama’s Job for Him

Dismantling the right’s “class warfare” hysteria, Jon Stewart dares to speak the “p” word.

Aug 19, 2011 / Blog / Leslie Savan

Controversy Dogs Tavis Smiley and Cornel West’s Poverty Tour—but Media Attention Does, Too Controversy Dogs Tavis Smiley and Cornel West’s Poverty Tour—but Media Attention Does, Too

Did the Poverty Tour succeed in dramatizing the magnitude of poverty’s impact on America—or simply draw attention to its organizers' criticisms of Obama?

Aug 17, 2011 / Habiba Alcindor

Can Teachers Alone Overcome Poverty? Steven Brill Thinks So Can Teachers Alone Overcome Poverty? Steven Brill Thinks So

The journalist blames teachers unions, not economic inequality, for students’ failure to achieve.

Aug 10, 2011 / Feature / Dana Goldstein

Rha Goddess: Opportunity Now—Foreclosures Rha Goddess: Opportunity Now—Foreclosures

"Me? At a foodbank? Reaching for cans of spam? I'm as lily white as they come! And whats even more disturbing is I'm not alone. There are plenty of formerly known as middle class w...

Aug 8, 2011 / Video / The Nation

Rha Goddess: Opportunity Now—Jobs Rha Goddess: Opportunity Now—Jobs

"I believe I could do a really good job for you. If you give me the chance."

Aug 8, 2011 / Video / The Nation

Melissa Harris-Perry: Black Families Devastated by the Recession Melissa Harris-Perry: Black Families Devastated by the Recession

Melissa Harris-Perry explains the political history, and dangers, behind today's widening economic gap between the races.

Jul 12, 2011 / Video / MSNBC

Edward Glaeser: How Can Cities Reduce Our Carbon Emissions? Edward Glaeser: How Can Cities Reduce Our Carbon Emissions?

Dense cities are a lot more energy efficient than decentralized sprawl, argues Harvard professor and urban advocate Edward Glaeser.

Jun 17, 2011 / Video / The Nation Video and On The Earth Productions

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