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Medicaid Works: 10 Key Facts

Edwin Park | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics
Edwin Park

Medicaid provides health coverage to low-income families and individuals, including children, parents, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities.  Here are ten key facts about how Medicaid helps millions of Americans live healthier, more secure lives.

Living Up To Promises Made to Families In DC's Budget Negotiations

Judith Sandalow | Posted 05.20.2016 | DC
Judith Sandalow

It's time to stop pretending children can succeed when their parents don't.

ASPCA at 150: The Next Steps in Preventing Animal Cruelty

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 04.18.2016 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

While our historic milestone provides plenty of reasons to take pause and commemorate our past, the urgency of our cause demands that we continue to look ahead. To that end, the ASPCA is at the forefront of three relatively new areas of animal welfare concentration where the potential for saving lives is nearly limitless.

When it Comes to Your Career...DREAM BIGGER! 3 Things to Think About

Garrett Mintz | Posted 03.29.2016 | College
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Garrett Mintz

When it comes to deciding your career, don't be afraid to think big! Almost every college student has a similar amount of career experience, give or take an internship or two. That is to say, not that much.

A Federal Budget That Connects the Dots and Works for All

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

The debates have exposed many attacks on the federal government. But in the midst of all the shouting, the candidates' vision of what the federal role should be is not always clear.

Beyond Rawls' Fiction: The Veil of Ignorance Is Real

Harold Lloyd | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

Whether "liberal" or "conservative," a rational person who admits the veil of ignorance understands the importance of fairness and of general concern for the welfare not only of himself but of others who differ from his present status and characteristics.

Prompt Action Needed to Test Work Incentives for Disability Insurance

Kathleen Romig | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Romig

Last year's budget deal renews the Social Security Administration's (SSA) authority to conduct demonstration projects to encourage work among Disabili...

Are Republicans Proposing to Cut Health Care to Old, Disabled and Other Poor People?

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.11.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Colorado Senate President Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs) told 9News political reporter Brandon Rittiman last month that Medicaid spending is siphoning money from "every other program," including schools and roads.

There Must Be Better Ways To Fight Poverty. The White House Wants To Find Them.

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration wants to spend $2 billion testing new approaches to fighting poverty, with a particular focus on catching peopl...

Telling the Full Story of America's Animal Shelters

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 12.22.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

While some reasonable estimates exist, the true number of U.S. animals sheltered at a national level has never actually been counted, much less shared. This lack of clarity severely impedes our ability to best serve our country's homeless animals.

New Study Spotlights Need To Help People Keep Their Pets

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 12.16.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

One of the most telling discoveries from the study was that people with incomes below $50,000 were significantly more likely than their wealthier counterparts to re-home animals due to cost and housing issues. They were also more likely to re-home all pets in the household at once.

Democrats Want To Try Giving Free Diapers To The Poor

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Diapers are a significant financial burden on America's poorest parents, an essential expense not covered by the array of safety net pro...

The Financial Crisis Facing U.S. Churches

David Briggs | Posted 11.06.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

The Catholic Church continues to grow with the population, with about a quarter of Americans identifying as Catholic. But a steady decline in Mass attendance means fewer are putting money in the collection plate on Sundays.

Survive? Thrive!

Chrissy Gruninger | Posted 10.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Chrissy Gruninger

My deepest wish is for you to learn that the secret to a happy, healthy and harmonious life is the continual journey towards the best possible version of yourself -- showing up in the world as the beautiful, purpose-driven individual you were meant to be.

Facts Don't Support TANF's "Work-First" Approach

LaDonna Pavetti | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
LaDonna Pavetti

In today's increasingly skill-focused economy, work-first approaches that limit TANF recipients' opportunities to increase their skills through education and training hurt their chances of finding jobs and lifting themselves out of poverty.

Doubling of Extreme Poverty Belies Welfare Reform Success Claims

LaDonna Pavetti | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
LaDonna Pavetti

As Congress seeks agreement on overhauling Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), lawmakers must address TANF's dismal failure to help the poorest Americans, many of whom are desperately trying to find work, living on just $2 a day.

How Big Is the Gig Economy?

Steven Hill | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Steven Hill

The gig economy is just one sub domain of what is happening more broadly to the workforce, including just-in-time scheduling and other disruptions to the labor markets, whether as a result of the gig economy, automation and robots, artificial intelligence and other factors.

Today Is Social Security's Birthday! Time to Blow Out the Candles?

Jonathan K. DeYoe | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Jonathan K. DeYoe

Social Security turns 80 years old today. Will it live to see 100? I sure hope so, but according to the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Old Age and Survivors Trust Fund (OASI) reserves are currently on track to be depleted by 2037 unless Congress gets its divided act together.

Sanding Down the Rough Edges of Capitalism Is Not Enough

David Morris | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
David Morris

I recommend we stop using the term "contributions" to describe the campaign spending of oligarchs and start using the term they themselves often use: "investments". The very rich invest to change the rules in their favor.

America's Political Class Embraces Kali

Michael Brenner | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The American institutional landscape is beginning to resemble the physical landscape a natural disaster. This one is man-made, though.

Shared Security: A New Deal for the New Century

Richard Kirsch | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

If Social Security, the minimum wage, unemployment insurance, and the 40-hour workweek laid the foundation for the middle class in the 20th century, what would be the equivalent for the 21st century? The odd couple of a billionaire entrepreneur and a labor leader have come up with what could be a breakthrough proposal for rebuilding the middle class.

Arthur Delaney

How Long Do People Stay On Public Benefits?

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Most poor people who avail themselves of a U.S. government safety net program are off benefits within three years, according to a govern...

Giving up Homophobia for Lent: Queering the Christian "Way of Sorrows"

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 04.26.2015 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

As Lent begins, some LGBTQIA students have been holding prayer vigils throughout southern California on conservative Christian campuses where they are either still enrolled as students or are alumni.

The Least Financially Secure Americans Are Barely Being Heard At The Ballot Box

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

America's most economically vulnerable are also the least likely to vote, according to a new Pew Research report. The analysis divides Americans in...

Safety Net Funds: Why Traditional Advice Is Wrong

Betterment.com | Posted 01.21.2015 | Money
Betterment.com

To prevent your safety net from getting too big, we advise transferring the excess to another goal in order to bring it back down to the correct level every time it gets to be 20 percent bigger than it needs to be.