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Richest 62 People Are as Wealthy as Half the World’s Population

British charity Oxfam calls for a crackdown on tax havens after its report finds the world’s wealthiest hiding $7.6 trillion from taxes.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE


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Walmart to Close 269 Stores, Most of Them in the United States

The retail giant announced it is working to transfer 10,000 U.S. employees to nearby stores as its CEO says the closings are “necessary to keep the company strong.”

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 READ MORE



New 2015 Wealth Data Reveal U.S. Inequality at Its Ugliest

According to new data, nearly 50 million of America’s 243 million adults are part of the world’s poorest 10 percent.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE



Half of World’s Wealth Now Owned by 1 Percent of Population

A new report by Credit Suisse reveals worldwide inequality to be growing even faster than experts had predicted.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE



71% of the World’s Population Survives on Less Than $10 a Day

A new report from the Pew Research Center explains that the notion of a global middle class is “more promise than reality.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE



The U.S. and Israel Have the Worst Income Inequality in the Developed World

A new report finds that the gap between rich and poor in the developed world is at its highest level in 30 years in most countries—and that the U.S. and Israel are leading the trend.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE


Moochers and Takers









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Envying the Rich









Posted on Apr 28, 2015 ENLARGE


Here Are Some of the Reasons It’s Messed Up to Make the Poor Prove They Deserve Government Aid

Legislators want to limit how citizens in need spend government benefits and force them to give up their privacy and freedom in the process. The Washington Post’s Emily Badger explains why this is evidence of a blatant double standard.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Average American Has No Idea Just How Extreme Income Inequality Truly Is

Most of us suspect the rich have a great deal going for them, but it may be even more obscene than we imagine; it may be unwise for the gay-rights movement to focus too much attention on the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act; scientists have figured out which neurons signal pain and itching. These news items and more.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE



How the Rise of the Working Poor and Nonworking Rich Is Challenging Core American Assumptions

Many believe that poor people deserve to be poor because they’re lazy and that the rich deserve their wealth because they work harder than others. The reality is very different.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE



This Public Alabama Hospital Sues the Poorest of the Poor

More than a century ago, Alabama enshrined a basic protection in the state’s constitution shielding its poorest citizens from being forced to pay debts they couldn’t afford. But a public hospital in the mostly rural southeast corner of the state has found a way around the law.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE



CEO Pay Rose at Twice the Rate of Workers

Experts suggest there’s no better time to be a top-level corporate executive as the median income of CEOs of S&P 500 companies reached $10.1 million at the end of 2013.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 READ MORE


Tony Auth









Posted on Sep 16, 2014 ENLARGE



The Rise of the Nonworking Rich

The real nonworkers are the wealthy who inherit their fortunes. And their ranks are growing.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE



Hillary’s Hardest Choice (and the Democrats’ Dilemma)

What’s the reason for the tempest in the teapot of Hillary and Bill Clinton’s personal finances?

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



‘Somebody Called the Cops on Jesus’ (Audio)

Residents of “an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes” in Davidson, N.C., now share the block with a statue depicting the Son of God as a vagrant asleep on a park bench outside a local church.

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 READ MORE


Ryan Reaches Out









Posted on Apr 7, 2014 ENLARGE


Climate Change Affects the Poor









Posted on Apr 7, 2014 ENLARGE


Climate Change









Posted on Apr 1, 2014 ENLARGE



Warren’s Post Office Proposal: Palast Aims at the Wrong Target

Investigative reporter Greg Palast is usually pretty good at peering behind the rhetoric and seeing what is really going on. But in tearing into Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s support of postal financial services, he has done a serious disservice to the underdogs—both the underbanked and the U.S. Postal Service itself.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren’s Post Office Banking Plan Gains Public Support

A new poll finds significant backing for expanding the post office’s offerings to include financial transactions, with 44 percent of those surveyed favoring the idea.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE


For-Profit Probation Companies Target the Poor

By Donald Kaufman

Here’s a look into the dysfunctionality of for-profit probation companies and the story of Thomas Barrett.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


No Free Lunch









Posted on Feb 5, 2014 ENLARGE


Income Inequality









Posted on Feb 4, 2014 ENLARGE



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Elizabeth Warren Wants to Save the Post Office by Having It Replace Payday Lenders

Sen. Elizabeth Warren endorsed a proposal by the United States Postal Service’s inspector general over the weekend that could prevent the poor from having to shell out billions of dollars in fees and maybe even save the post office from sinking.

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 READ MORE



Ever Heard of Mipsters, #Mipsterz or Muslim Hipsters?

A group of young Muslim women tries to destigmatize head coverings; The Economist is under attack for a cartoon some see as anti-Semitic; meanwhile, a Time magazine cover portrayal of Hillary Clinton has sparked a wave of online outrage. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Take a Guess at How Many People Collectively Are as Wealthy as Half the World. It’s Less Than That

We’ve all heard that 1 percent of the global population owns 50 percent of the earth’s wealth, and yet, now that the actual number of people has been calculated by the relief organization Oxfam, it’s hard not to cringe at the fact.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



David Brooks’ Utter Ignorance About Inequality

Occasionally David Brooks, who personifies the oxymoron “conservative thinker” better than anyone I know, displays such profound ignorance that a rejoinder is necessary lest his illogic permanently pollute public debate.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE


Unaided Unemployed









Posted on Jan 19, 2014 ENLARGE


Welfare Cheats









Posted on Jan 13, 2014 ENLARGE


Charity









Posted on Jan 13, 2014 ENLARGE


Republican Plan for the Poor









Posted on Jan 12, 2014 ENLARGE


War on Poverty









Posted on Jan 11, 2014 ENLARGE


War on Poverty









Posted on Jan 10, 2014 ENLARGE


Bill de Blasio and Mike Bloomberg









Posted on Jan 5, 2014 ENLARGE


Inequality









Posted on Jan 4, 2014 ENLARGE


Income Inequality









Posted on Jan 4, 2014 ENLARGE



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Score a Victory for the Poor and for Constitutional Rights

A federal court ruling in Florida this week that drug testing low-income applicants for public assistance is unconstitutional could set the stage for a larger challenge to the political scapegoating of the poor. Could we be seeing the swing of the pendulum?

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE



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More Hunger and Pain When Congress Comes Back

After allowing food stamp benefits included in the 2009 economic stimulus plan to expire in November, Congress is preparing to make another round of cuts to nutrition aid in January.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE


Leveling the Playing Field









Posted on Dec 24, 2013 ENLARGE


Congressional Christmas









Posted on Dec 18, 2013 ENLARGE


Christmas and the Poor









Posted on Dec 18, 2013 ENLARGE


Back Stabbin’ Santa









Posted on Dec 13, 2013 ENLARGE


GOP Gets Its Scrooge On









Posted on Dec 13, 2013 ENLARGE


GOP Christmas









GOP to the poor: That lump of coal represents the fuel that drives the engines of commerce. Use it wisely and you may rise to become a titan of industry. You'll thank me later.
Posted on Dec 12, 2013 ENLARGE



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Time Magazine’s Person of the Year: The People’s Pope

According to the managing editor of Time magazine, Pope Francis was chosen to grace the cover of its 2013 Person of the Year issue because he “changed the tone and the perception and the focus of one of the world’s largest institutions in an extraordinary way.” But perhaps his most significant contribution this year has been his condemnation of greed and materialism.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE


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