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Stephen Colbert: ‘Poor Doors’ Latest in Trend to Help ‘Haves’ Not Have to See the ‘Have-Nots’

The “Colbert Report’s” super-wealthy host explains why a New York building with a “poor door” for its less well-off residents makes total sense.

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Paul Ryan: Obama’s Approach to Poverty Perpetuates the Problem (Video)

It should come as no surprise that Rep. Paul Ryan wouldn’t cotton to the Obama administration’s take on targeting poverty in these times of economic unrest and income inequality.

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2.2 Billion People Are Poor

According to a new United Nations report, almost one-third of all humans are living in poverty, or very close to it. But there’s something else that should alarm us.

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Poor Poor Hillary

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The Politics and Economics of Inequality: A Lecture to the Top One-Tenth of 1 Percent (Video)

Here’s a lecture I gave recently at this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival. The irony of talking about inequality with an audience composed almost entirely of the richest one-tenth of 1 percent of Americans was not lost on me.

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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?

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Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.?

A New York Times data analysis venture looked at six basic measures to get a picture of the quality and longevity of life in each county of the nation. The toughest place to live was Eastern Kentucky—“land of storybook hills and drawls.”

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Do You Know How Many People Are Poor in Today’s World? Neither Does the U.N.

Oxford economists recently discovered that the United Nations has been miscalculating worldwide poverty numbers by an astounding 400 million people.

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To Be Poor or Not to Be

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The Three Biggest Right-Wing Lies About Poverty

Rather than confront poverty by extending jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed, endorsing a higher minimum wage or supporting jobs programs, conservative Republicans are taking a different tack.

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Fourth of July Creek

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Fourth of July Creek

Far from big cities or either coast, the characters of Smith Henderson’s first novel are the working poor in sparsely populated towns that few escape and no one ever moves to.

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Social Disregard Guides Anti-Teacher Ruling in L.A.

To those who won a lawsuit in Los Angeles on Tuesday “declaring all sorts of job protections for teachers ‘unconstitutional,’ ” teachers unions are at the center of the California school system’s problems—not poverty or inequality—Michael Hiltzik writes at the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE



Voting in Mississippi, 2014 and 1964 (Video)

Mississippi used its new voter-identification law for the first time Tuesday—requiring voters to show a driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID at the polls.

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War on Poverty

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Pierre Omidyar: ‘The New Face of an Old Imperial Tradition’

The eBay and First Look Media founder (shown) is a walking contradiction when it comes to his “progressive anti-state image” and his actions to further the “global neoliberal agenda”; Facebook may wield control over votes in elections; meanwhile, more than half of congressional members are millionaires and have no idea what it’s like to be poor. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



A Grim Existence in the Sewers of Eastern Europe

Beneath Bucharest’s ornate architecture, Baroque palaces and tree-lined boulevards lies a decades-old city of suffering made of filth, frigid temperatures, addiction and disease.

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Why the Left Should Look to Jackson, Mississippi

A new political and economic model is emerging, and it is not appearing where we might suspect it would.

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The One Percent

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Kevin Durant Remembers Where He Comes From

The most moving part of NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant’s tearjerker acceptance speech was the thanks he gave his mother, who, under difficult circumstances, raised four children without a spouse or, sometimes, food.

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An Apartheid of Dollars

There are many sides to whistle-blowing. The one that most people don’t know about is the very personal cost, prison aside, including the high cost of lawyers and the strain on family relations, that follows the decision to risk it all in an act of conscience. Here’s a part of my own story I’ve not talked about much before.

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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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Climate Change

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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.”

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 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.

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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.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE


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.
Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE


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