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Big Winners and Big Losers in the House and Senate Republican Budgets

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the House and Senate budget proposals for fiscal year 2016, passed with only Republican votes at the end of March, there are big winners and big losers. The big winners are defense spending and contractors and very wealthy people and powerful special interests. The big losers are children, our poorest group in America, and struggling low- and middle-income families.

The Rush To Humiliate The Poor

The Washington Post | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

Rick Brattin, a young Republican state representative in Missouri, has come up with an innovative new way to humiliate the poor in his state. Call it ...

It's Not Just Ferguson

Karen Dolan | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Karen Dolan

When a community issues arrest warrants for more offenses than it has residents, something's deeply wrong. A democratic society that purports "freedom and justice for all" can't coexist with one that profiles and criminalizes poor people and communities of color.

New Measures Help Offenders Who Can't Afford Fines, Legal Fees Avoid Cycle Of Debtors' Prison

New York Times | TINA ROSENBERG | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact

When Jack Dawley returned in 2007 to his hometown, Norwalk, Ohio, after eight years in prison and on parole in Wisconsin, he knew getting by would be ...

The Grand Republican Strategy: We Win, You Pay!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

You never hear the reformocons talk about arithmetic in their speeches. They talk about inequality and upward mobility and the American middle class. They talk about all sorts of expensive new plans, and they never mention that there's a catch.

Child Poverty Exists In Silicon Valley, Too. Here's Who's Helping Often-Overlooked Kids

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact

Jorge Valencia is from Silicon Valley. But his daily life couldn't be further from those "basically swimming in gold" not even five miles away. "Th...

Push for Progress: Children Cannot Wait

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

So many children have lost ground as the trumped-up fear of excessive debt children did not cause has been used by some in Congress to cut safety net programs we know work.

Chris Christie's Strange Justice

Duncan Hosie | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Chris Christie has a new message: I care about the poor. No, really.

Town Rallies Behind Doctor, 88, Who May Lose License For Treating Poor Patients From His Car

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact

A Mississippi community has united in support of a beloved physician whose career is in jeopardy. Dr. Carrol Frazier Landrum, a World War II vetera...

How to End Child Poverty for 60 Percent of Poor Children and 72 Percent of All Poor Black Children Today

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a national disgrace that so many poor children live in the United States of America -- the world's richest economy. It doesn't have to be this way. It's costly. And it's the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.

Millions of Americans Miss One of the LARGEST Tax Benefits Every Year - Are You One?

Mark Steber | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

According to the IRS one in every four eligible taxpayers do not claim their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This often overlooked tax credit is also one of the largest credits available to taxpayers. This year, the maximum EITC is $6,143 and that is a LOT of money to leave on the table.

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Steals GOP's Honeymoon

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most of our article today is going to deal with Obama and his speech, ending with the snappiest portions as this week's talking points. But before we get to that, let's take a quick look at what the Republicans have been up to, as well as some other minor political news of the week.

Women In Poor Countries Stiffed $9 Trillion A Year Because They're Paid, Employed Less Than Men

Reuters | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact

LONDON, Jan 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women in poor countries lose out on $9 trillion a year - more than the combined gross domestic product...

Speak Up and Give Back if You Want the Economy to Improve

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

No one is arguing for complete equality of income. Not even close. We celebrate the success of the One Percent, and rightly so. All we ask, especially in this time of giving, is for the compassion, the humility, the shared experience that existed only a few decades ago.

The Charity Revolution

Daniel Gastfriend | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Daniel Gastfriend

Think back on that promise you made when you chose not to give on the street. When you give this year, how will you make sure you support a program that works?

It's Better to Give Than to Receive

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 02.14.2015 | Good News
Dean Dauphinais

Paying off a complete stranger's layaway account is something my wife and I first did three years ago.

Congress Is Rich: Here's Why It Matters

Sean McElwee | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

While descriptive representation of women and people of color has increased dramatically, the descriptive representation of working-class people has remained stubbornly flat.

Needed: A True Diversity Map for America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Sometimes childhood experiences motivate a lifetime of extraordinary work. That is certainly true for Georgetown University Law School professor and bioethicist Patricia King, a brilliant scholar and one of the most effective leaders you may not know.

Russell Brand Is Wrong: Voting Really Can Change America for the Better

Sean McElwee | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Voting should only be the beginning of political change; it should not be the end. It is, however, necessary.

Recovery of the Rich, By the Rich, For the Rich -- Recession for Everyone Else

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Officially, the recession ended five years ago. But there's something the financial newscasters don't tell you: Unless you're rich, those numbers don't apply to you.

Less Lobster, More Misery: The Republican Poverty Fantasy

Duncan Hosie | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Fantasy makes great television and literature. It also makes poor public policy. Poverty denial molds how many conservatives, and even independents, understand economic deprivation.

What Would the Last 50 Years Look Like Without Rapidly Growing Inequality?

Sean McElwee | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The rich won't be so easy to persuade -- in a massively unequal society, even modest economic growth still benefits economic elites. Don't worry about growth, worry about inequality.

Doritos and Me: A Lifelong Love Story

Ashley Allen | Posted 12.06.2014 | Women
Ashley Allen

Like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Spencer Tracy and Kathryn Hepburn, Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal, Doritos and I have a passionate AND complicated relationship.

Chris Christie's Professed Priorities

Duncan Hosie | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

In Christie's world, taxpayers cannot afford $7.5 million for women's reproductive health care. But these same taxpayers are on the hook for the $7 million bill of his Bridgegate defense lawyers, who charge $350 an hour.

The Invisible Achievement Gap: Students in Foster Care

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Across the country it's back to school time. I hope it is a year full of promise and not disappointment and added stress for all children -- especially those most vulnerable. I also hope this school year begins with a renewed commitment to help every child succeed.