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Researchers can assess your odds based on just four key factors

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

Paul Ryan just lit a spark in the poverty debate.

  • Puneet Kollipara
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  • Wonkbook
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  • Jul 25, 2014
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Lebron's return is bigger than basketball. Much, much bigger than basketball.

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.

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
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Where's the money?

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jan 17, 2014
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Dissecting a common talking point about the war on poverty.

  • Mike Konczal
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  • Jan 12, 2014
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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
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How many people in the United States are poor? It's a surprisingly tricky question.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 8, 2014
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Economists disagree on lots of things about the minimum wage. Except this point.

  • Mike Konczal
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  • Jan 4, 2014
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"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
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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
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There are ways of determining what workers need to live, but H&M stays vague.

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

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

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