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Pulitzer Prize Winner Says U.S. Has the Most Unfair Modern Economy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the rich keep getting richer (and don’t even realize it), poverty around the world, Stephen Colbert heads to CBS, and Pacifica tries to put a network back together again.

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Pulitzer Prize Winner Says U.S. Has the Most Unfair Modern Economy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the rich keep getting richer (and don’t even realize it), poverty around the world, Stephen Colbert heads to CBS, and Pacifica tries to put a network back together again.

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Climate Change Affects the Poor

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‘Doing the Best I Can’

Joe White is a 36-year-old married father of four in Camden, N.J., and one of many men whom sociologist and Truthdigger of the Week Kathryn Edin got to know as part of her five-year investigation into fatherhood in the inner city. He talks about surviving the streets and raising children in a 12-minute video.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Dr. Kathryn Edin (Video)

Over decades of studying the lives of America’s poor, the Johns Hopkins sociologist has combined analytic rigor and compassion for others to defy popular prejudice and discover the hidden causes of mass behavior.

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Paul Ryan’s Excuse to Do Nothing About Poverty

Blaming poverty on the mysterious influence of “culture” is a convenient excuse for doing nothing to address the problem.

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Francis’ Anti-Imperial Papacy

When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope a year ago, only a few expected that he would confront so many challenges simultaneously.

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Lying Again? Scholars Detect Deception in Ryan’s Poverty Report

For months, Washington has eagerly awaited the latest version of “compassionate conservatism,” promised by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his publicists.

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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.

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A Tale of One of the New ‘Have Nots’

“I used to have a house. I used to go on vacations. I used to shop at department stores, get my hair done and even enjoy pedicures. Now, I don’t. I’m a member of the American ‘Used-to-Haves,’ ” Kathleen Ann writes at The Huffington Post.

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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.

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Year Six of Hope and Change

It was a bittersweet briefing that told us exactly where the Obama administration finds itself at the dawn of its sixth year.

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Fighting Poverty the Republican Way, With Fresh (and Not-So-Fresh) Ideas

Listening to Republican politicians these days as they talk (and talk and talk) about poverty and inequality can be a poignant experience.

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War on Poverty

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Inequality

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Income Inequality

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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?

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Economic Recovery

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‘What I Learned About Freedom From Hitchhiking Around America’

“To be ‘free’ in America is at risk of becoming meaningless,” Amien Essif, who hitchhiked from Denver to Portland, Ore., writes in The Guardian. “Our choices are increasingly limited to just two: to exploit or be exploited.”

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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.

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Leveling the Playing Field

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‘PBS NewsHour’: ‘Money on the Mind’

A UC Berkeley study published earlier in 2013 showed links between wealth and selfish, anti-social behavior. The damning results are worth repeating. Compared with their poorer counterparts, wealthier participants consistently took more candy from children, cheated at games for petty cash prizes, lied during negotiations, stole at work and endorsed unethical behavior.

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Income Inequality

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Congressional Christmas

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Christmas and the Poor

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GOP Christmas

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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.
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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.

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McDonald’s Advises Workers How Much to Tip Their Pool Boys and Au Pairs

McDonald’s once again displayed its utter ignorance of the lives of its low-wage workers in an online advice column recommending seasonal tipping rates for luxury services. And on the same day those workers joined a nationwide walkout protesting poverty wages. Yes, Ronald McDonald is a clown, but still ...

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Report: ‘Fast Food CEOs Rake In Taxpayer-Subsidized Pay’

While fast food workers stage a one-day strike, a report from the Global Economy Project shows how the industry’s CEOs have subsidized their own multimillion dollar salaries with taxpayer funds in addition to saving money by paying employees low wages. Report author Sarah Anderson explains.

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Poverty Wages in the Land Of Plenty

The holiday season is upon us. Sadly, the big retailers are Scrooges when it comes to paying their staffs.

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Wall Street Santa

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Unspeakable: Washington Ignores Homeless Epidemic

The hardship of families and children is an overlooked national disgrace.

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A Pope’s Pointed Message

The full implementation of Obamacare matters. Raising the minimum wage matters. Reforming a financial system “which rules rather than serves,” Pope Francis noted, matters.

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The Exorcist

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Pope Against Tyranny of Markets

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Pope Francis: Unfettered Capitalism Is a ‘New Tyranny’

Though he may not come down strongly on discrimination against the LGBT community or women, if there’s one thing this latest pope knows how to condemn it’s greed. In the pontiff’s first major publication, he tells the 1 percent to spread the wealth, for God’s sakes.

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‘Why I Make Terrible Decisions’

Mother, wife, student and worker of two jobs Linda Tirado writes from experience about how and why the poor kill themselves with what more fortunate members of society mistakenly regard as simple bad decision making.

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 16, 2013 READ MORE


Colbert: ‘Eyes Wide Shut to Other People’s Suffering’

According to Stephen Colbert, a self-proclaimed member of the 1 percent, “it’s hard to get away from everything when you own everything.” But, much to the relief of the “upper middle stinkin’ rich,” a South African hotel has found a new way to lure wealthy clients by commodifying poverty with its luxuriously fabricated Shanty Town.

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Congress Diverts Funds From Poor to Military

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Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE


Food Stamp Cuts

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Posted on Nov 9, 2013 READ MORE



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The Connection Between Poverty and Education

Google the phrase “education crisis” and you’ll be hit with a glut of articles, blog posts and think tank reports claiming the entire American school system is facing an emergency.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Jobs, Hunger and the Shrinking American Way of Life

There’s some sobering news Friday about the still sputtering economy, and the repercussions of errant federal policies on the nation’s future. It doesn’t bode well, and everyone from single impoverished mothers to Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman are worried. So why does nothing get fixed?

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE



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In the Battle for Tax Subsidies, Big Oil Beats Renewables and the Poor

A collection of articles and studies questions our commitments to a better world. As Big Oil rakes in near-record profits and massive tax subsidies, renewable energy ventures remain under-subsidized. And some 50 million Americans remain mired in poverty.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE


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