poverty

How climate change is affecting the world’s biggest food company

Food is a necessity, but it's also a big business. That might be complicating things.

Wonkbook: How Paul Ryan’s new plan changes the anti-poverty debate

Paul Ryan just lit a spark in the poverty debate.

  • Puneet Kollipara
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  • Wonkbook
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  • Jul 25, 2014

LeBron James’ return is bigger for Cleveland than it is for the Cleveland Cavaliers

Lebron's return is bigger than basketball. Much, much bigger than basketball.

The best case that the war on poverty has failed

Fifty years after the launch of the war on poverty, many conservatives say we've failed the war. Maybe we have failed -- but for different reasons.

A surprising map of where it’s hardest to escape poverty in America

Which parts of the country do you think do the best job making sure poor kids don't grow up to be poor adults?

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jan 23, 2014

A simple test for conservative poverty proposals

Where's the money?

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jan 17, 2014

No, we don’t spend $1 trillion on welfare each year

Dissecting a common talking point about the war on poverty.

  • Mike Konczal
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  • Jan 12, 2014

Wonkbook: A conservative War on Poverty?

Marco Rubio says we've lost the war on poverty. He's got some ideas for what to do instead.

  • Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas
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  • Jan 9, 2014

One in three Americans slipped below the poverty line between 2009 and 2011

How many people in the United States are poor? It's a surprisingly tricky question.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 8, 2014

Economists agree: Raising the minimum wage reduces poverty

Economists disagree on lots of things about the minimum wage. Except this point.

  • Mike Konczal
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  • Jan 4, 2014

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s graph of the year

"There is some sense -- and the president has affirmed this -- that racism is no longer a real threat to mobility, that it is now class. This is wrong."

  • Wonkborg
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  • Dec 26, 2013

Here’s how the safety net has — and hasn’t — reduced poverty in the U.S.

A new study finds that the safety net has cut the poverty rate for seniors and children significantly since 1967. Yet poverty for working-age adults has barely budged.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 10, 2013

H&M says it will pay factory workers a ‘fair living wage.’ It doesn’t say what that means.

There are ways of determining what workers need to live, but H&M stays vague.

Housing aid is maddeningly complex. It doesn’t have to be.

The flagship rental assistance problem is maddening for people in big metro areas. Here's how to fix it.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 30, 2013

The House’s food stamps cuts aren’t just cruel. They’re dumb.

The House GOP wants to bring back "asset tests" for food stamps. That's a terrible, no good, very bad idea.

  • Mike Konczal
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  • Sep 28, 2013

Why are 47 million Americans on food stamps? It’s the recession — mostly.

There's a fairly basic question at the heart of the food-stamp debate in Congress: Why has the program grown so rapidly in the past few years?

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 23, 2013

4 million more people would be poor if it weren’t for food stamps

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that SNAP is the only thing averting poverty for more people than ever.

15 percent of Americans were in poverty last year. But the definition of “poverty” is wrong.

The official poverty numbers don't take into account either government assistance/taxes, or expenses like housing, transportation, medical care, and child care into account. There's a better way to measure disadvantage.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 17, 2013

Mississippians are the fattest people in the nation, and also have the hardest time getting fed

Both obesity and food insecurity have a lot to do with being poor.

This chart might make you feel better about American inequality

The poorest Argentinians and Indians are actually poor. The poorest Americans are solidly middle-class, from a global perspective.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 15, 2013
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