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  1. children
    The Enemies of America’s ChildrenAs child poverty increases and child-care funding expires, the status of children says much about our political priorities.
  2. the picket line
    The Magic of Barbara EhrenreichThe preeminent journalist, who died last week, understood there were fights worth waging.
  3. the city politic
    New York Is Failing Its COVID-Orphaned KidsThousands of New York City children lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19. They and other at-risk kids still aren’t getting the support they need.
  4. the national interest
    Mitt Romney’s Former Aide Thinks He’s Gone Soft on the PoorWe handle problems all the time without dealing with their root causes.
  5. covid-19
    Families of Color Are Now Facing an Economic DisasterThe pandemic is making America’s existing racial inequalities worse.
  6. inequality
    Congress Is Hanging Single Parents Out to DryThe $600 enhanced unemployment benefits are due to expire. A new report shows how much single parents need that money.
  7. coronavirus
    Kids Are Going Hungry Because of the CoronavirusAs many as 23 percent of families may not be able to provide enough food for their children, due to the high unemployment caused by the coronavirus.
  8. coronavirus
    Donate To a Food BankAnd donate money, not canned food.
  9. state of the union address
    Trump Didn’t “Lift People Off Welfare.” He Cut Them Off.Republicans gave Trump a standing ovation during the State of the Union for slashing aid to the poor.
  10. inequality
    The Workers Who Sign Us Up For Obamacare Can’t Afford Health CareA federal contractor helps people sign up for Obamacare. But it pays poor wages, discourages unionization, and offers expensive health insurance.
  11. grinches
    South Carolina Punishes Poor Parents for ChristmasNew Medicaid work requirements will mostly target moms in poverty.
  12. medicare for all
    Do Americans Want Choice, Or Do They Just Want Health Care?There’s not much reason to think that Americans value consumer choice over affordability, or a guarantee of care.
  13. politics
    Reverend William Barber on the Political Power of Poor People“We have the Republicans racializing poverty and the Democrats running from poverty,” the Poor People’s Campaign leader says. But that can change.
  14. grinches
    Work or Starve, Trump Administration Tells Poor PeopleA new food-stamp rule will harm hundreds of thousands of people.
  15. racism
    We Know Too Much About Trump to Believe He Cares About Fixing BaltimoreTrump’s disparagement of Baltimore and one of its U.S. congressmen, Elijah Cummings, should be viewed in the context of his past racist remarks.
  16. poverty
    Trump Economic Team: Welfare Cuts Poverty. So, Let’s Cut Welfare.A White House report argues that the safety net has nearly eliminated poverty — so we should slash it to teach the poor “self-sufficiency.”
  17. health care
    Why Every Black Woman Deserves a DoulaNew York’s plan to make sure every woman has access to a doula, like I did, is a good idea. But will it work?
  18. Seniors Are More Conservative Because the Poor Die OffSometimes older voters aren’t just naturally more conservative. It’s just that wealthier and whiter people tend to live longer and healthier lives.
  19. Poor People’s Campaign Begins With Protests and ArrestsIn a revival of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy project that brought protestors to Washington in 1968, the protests will continue for 40 days.
  20. 50 Years After His Death, We Are No Closer to Realizing MLK’s Most Radical DreamMartin Luther King Jr. dreamed of an America that would judge all of its people worthy of guaranteed housing, health care, and employment.
  21. The World in 2018 — What Could Possibly Go Wrong?We escaped 2017 without a major global incident. But the other shoe may be about to drop.
  22. Ben Carson Says Poverty Is ‘a State of Mind’Malnutrition is just a mind-set. Homelessness is where the heart is.
  23. This Man Transformed a $5,000 Truck Into Mobile Showers for the HomelessIt serves 60 people every day.
  24. the money
    The Anti-Poverty Experiment That Could Fix America’s Broken Welfare SystemAdvocates on both the left and the right are talking about universal basic income — and its first big test is just about to begin. 
  25. politics
    Bernie Sanders on Primary Losses: ‘Poor People Don’t Vote’As his path to the nomination fades, Sanders may be shifting his campaign to focus more on voter turnout.
  26. from the archives
    The Trump Voter, Before TrumpFrom Pete Hamill’s 1969 New York feature, “The Revolt of the White Lower Middle Class.”
  27. 62 Billionaires Own As Much Wealth As Half of HumanityAnd the planet’s richest one percent now own more than the bottom 99 percent, according to a new report by Oxfam.
  28. Do Your Paul Ryan Homework or Go Without DinnerHow many hoops should the poor have to jump through in exchange for a safety net?
  29. poor sports
    Paul Ryan’s Poverty Plan: The Good, the Bad, and the PaternalisticShould poor people need to create a life plan?
  30. the national interest
    Barack Obama, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Poverty, and CultureWhy did the president urge black people to “get off the couch and stop watching SportsCenter”?
  31. the national interest
    Republicans Have to Hurt Poor Before Loving ThemThe poor are having a moment. The poor get everything.
  32. poverty
    As Poverty in City Grows, So Does Gap Between Rich and PoorUp almost a full percentage point from last year.
  33. sad things
    New York Poverty Rate Keeps ClimbingBad news.
  34. census
    Dreary Census Data Show 1 in 2 Are Poor or Low-IncomeThe census findings paint a bleak picture for lower-income citizens.
  35. poverty
    Struggling to Get By, Even With a JobNearly a third of American households qualify as low-income.
  36. poverty
    South Bronx Is America’s Poorest DistrictThirty-eight percent of residents live in poverty.
  37. the wail of the 1%
    Vice President at ‘Top-Tier Bank’ Doesn’t Know How to Get By on a Million a Year“I don’t mean to sound like a snob or anything but I do have a housekeeper, babysitters, gym memberships, therapists for me and my wife, plus our couples therapist.”
  38. poverty
    Sign o’ the Times: One in Seven Americans Lives in PovertyThe overall poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent, the highest since 1994.
  39. really?
    South Carolina Lt. Governor Andre Bauer Compares His State’s Poor Children to ‘Stray Animals’Andre Bauer is not a highly educated man.