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09/05/2013 04:02 pm ET Updated Nov 05, 2013

A Different Type of Poverty

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Five decades since President Lyndon B. Johnson began his so-called War on Poverty, poor Americans continue to struggle. In "The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives," Sasha Abramsky, a freelance journalist and lecturer in the university writing program at the University of California-Davis, tells the story of America's poor today. Abramsky recently spoke with U.S. News about defining poverty, identifying its causes and addressing the problem. Excerpts:

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