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How My Grandfather's Stories From the Depression Helped Me Survive the Recession

K. Ford K. | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
K. Ford K.

I always assumed I'd belong to the same class too, the one I had identified with since birth. Now I'm not sure if I'll ever be middle class again.

Government Shutdown Harms the Public Health

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lynn R. Goldman

Most serious are the long-term public health and safety consequences of this government shutdown. The CDC, for example, announced a suspension of its annual seasonal flu activities just as influenza season kicked off.

Coordinating Data to Improve Government Programs

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

Data is the tongue of the federal government and too often data and information from one agency's program is incompatible with data collected by another.

IRS Offering Free Tax Help For Modest-Income Earners

AP | By EILEEN AJ CONNELLY | Posted 02.05.2012 | Business

-- Tax laws are so complex many taxpayers don't feel comfortable filing out their own returns, but getting professional help can be expensive. Belie...

Advocates Lobby To Save Hunger Programs From Budget Ax

Posted 11.10.2011 | Religion

By Josef Kuhn Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Anti-hunger advocates are racing to save federal programs that feed needy families from being...

King Solomon and the Debt Deal

Morna Murray | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
Morna Murray

With a debt limit deal that will be carefully dissected in the days to come, President Obama faced a choice that was just about as difficult as King Solomon's: allow the country to default or give in to demands from a small group of radical ideologues.

Ask the Expert: Does the Debt Ceiling Debate Threaten Deposit Insurance?

Richard Barrington | Posted 09.27.2011 | Business
Richard Barrington

Even though FDIC deposit insurance is a federal program, it is not likely to be an immediate victim of a possible federal government default. In the long run though, anything is possible if things reach such a dire outcome.

Protecting the Programs That Protect the Hungry

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

As I listened, I thought about how millions of families across the nation make the same difficult choice every day to stretch their own budgets.

House Passes Bill To Prevent Government Shutdown

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The House passed legislation Friday to head off a government shutdown next week by temporarily extending spending on most federal p...

Who Would Want To Be President in These Times?

Bob Starks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Starks

After all of the cheering and congratulations on Inauguration Day, the new president will have to face the reality of the end of an era of prosperity and American world domination.