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PA Families Bear Brunt of Food Stamp Cut

PA Families Bear Brunt of Food Stamp Cut
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - more commonly, food stamps - is set to see a huge benefit cut, affecting some 22 million children nationwide, and 1.8 million people in Pennsylvania alone. Congress, by inaction, is refusing to extend benefits given during the worst of the downturn of 2008, though prospects for many of US families are still grim.
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Budget Committee Hearing on Poverty Turns Into Nun-Bashing Tournament

Budget Committee Hearing on Poverty Turns Into Nun-Bashing Tournament
As the budget strategy of House Republicans began to unravel Wednesday with the withdrawal from the floor of a major spending bill, Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the Committee on the Budget, appeared unfazed. He had a plan: Blame the poor and the liberals who seek to keep them from going hungry.
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Stephen Colbert Responds to McDonald's Budget Suggestions, No More Jokes Needed

Stephen Colbert Responds to McDonald's Budget Suggestions, No More Jokes Needed
When we first saw the McDonald's preposterous budget suggestions last week, we knew the irony would be just too tasty for comedians to avoid. And now that Stephen Colbert has checked in on the story, there's really no reason for anyone else to try and milk(shake) laughs out the idea that a multi-billion dollar corporation is telling its employees to save $20 per month for health insurance.
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Food for Thought: Who Receives SNAP and What 47 Million Americans Will Do Without It

Food for Thought: Who Receives SNAP and What 47 Million Americans Will Do Without It
In 2011, 20.8 million households received food stamps, and one-quarter of these consisted of an elderly or a disabled person living alone. One-sixth were unemployed single people living alone. The rest were mainly households with children, most of whom are headed by a single parent, and 13 percent of whom have no adult at all. That last group totals 1.3 million households of only children, about 2.6 million children. Lazy freeloaders, all of 'em!
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Poverty, Once Relegated to Cities, Now Plaguing Suburban US

Poverty, Once Relegated to Cities, Now Plaguing Suburban US
In post-World War II America, the sprawling suburbs made possible by full employment, good wages, and an abundance of automobiles were a symbol of prosperity. Large supermarkets, shopping malls and public parks were a sign of American success that few foresaw fading. But now, as the economy struggles to return to pre-recession standards, the suburbs are becoming poorer.
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Farm Bill Would Cut Food Assistance for 170,000 Texans

Farm Bill Would Cut Food Assistance for 170,000 Texans
On Wednesday, the House advanced a farm bill that includes $2 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps). According to the Texas Food Bank Network, these cuts would force over 170,000 Texans off of food assistance immediately and eliminate 482 million meals.
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Flee City: Poor People Relocate to Suburbs

Flee City: Poor People Relocate to Suburbs
According to a new report, the number of low-income people living in suburbs increased 67-percent between 2000 and 2011, altering longstanding perceptions of a rising middle-class fleeing from cities to achieve the American Dream. It's now the poor who are being forced out by the cycle of gentrification to places where, more often than not, the safety nets aren't ready.
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Richest 7% of Americans Grew Wealthier During Recession, New Study

Richest 7% of Americans Grew Wealthier During Recession, New Study
The richest Americans got richer during the first two years of the economic recovery while average net worth declined for the other 93 percent of U.S. households, says a report released Tuesday.
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FDR's Four Freedoms: Diminished and Defiled

FDR's Four Freedoms: Diminished and Defiled
For every $100 owned by a white family, a black family has $2. For every $100 owned by a single white woman, a single black or Hispanic woman has 25 cents.
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World Bank’s IFC Arm Responds to Our Critique of Its Poverty Fighting

World Bank’s IFC Arm Responds to Our Critique of Its Poverty Fighting
Response from World Bank for ProPublica's article, "Can You Fight Poverty With a Five-Star Hotel?," which raises an important question about the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) impact fighting poverty in developing countries. ProPublica's response to this letter is also included.
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