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How Does Divorce Affect Kids Outside The U.S.?

Robert Hughes, Jr. | Posted 06.26.2012 | Divorce
Robert Hughes, Jr.

Far too much of the research discussed in the American press focuses exclusively on studies that are done with American children.

Romney-Rosen Firestorm Is Reminder: We Need to Redefine Gender Justice

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

The partisan proxy war waged over the mommy question only underscores the country's lacking vocabulary when it comes to discussing the totality of social and economic barriers facing women.

Arthur Delaney

The Bad Research Behind Georgia's Welfare Drug Testing Law | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed a law last week that will soon require welfare applicants to pay for drug tests and pass them in order to be eligi...

The Equality of Inequity

Daniel P. Malito | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Daniel P. Malito

What we need to do is to stop telling everyone they are equal, and instead tell everyone that while every single citizen is as important as the next, there will always be inequalities in a consumer-driven society such as ours.

Jennifer Bendery

House Republicans Oppose Bill That Would Help Low-Income Moms Stay Home Like Ann Romney | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans emphatically agree with Mitt Romney that stay-at-home moms work just as hard as anybody in the workforce. But when it ...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Senator Says Few Americans 'Really Need Help' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the Senate GOP's leading budget mavens unveiled Wednesday the party's plan for cutting aid to the poor by $440 billion, saying th...

It's Time to Reexamine the Welfare Reform Law of 1996

Ed Koch | Posted 06.19.2012 | New York
Ed Koch

Responsible people shocked by the fraud and outrages that marred the old system of welfare went overboard -- me among them -- in seeking to eliminate the abuses. It is time we examine the subject again and seek a just solution.

Just as We Suspected: Florida Saved Nothing by Drug Testing Welfare Applicants

Rachel Bloom | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Rachel Bloom

We already knew that Florida's welfare drug testing law was a failure; what we didn't know was just how much of a failure it was. Until now.

Ryan Grim

House Bill On Moms Would Take Romney 'At His Most Recent Word' | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A handful of House Democrats, encouraged by the recent bipartisan agreement that stay-at-home moms should be considered just as hard wor...

Lottery Winner On Food Stamps Charged With Welfare Fraud

Posted 04.17.2012 | Detroit

Amanda Clayton, a Michigan woman who won $1 million from the state lottery last year, was arraigned today in district court on felony charges stemming...

Stay-at-home Working Mothers

Karen Mangiacotti | Posted 06.17.2012 | Parents
Karen Mangiacotti

Ann Romney raised five boys -- not for the faint of heart, I tell you. I don't care if the woman had 50 nannies and a housekeeper. The job of holding all of those lives in your heart is huge.

You're on Your Own, Kids

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Who will speak for the rights of the unborn now that Rick Santorum is gone from the race? Let me give it a whirl from the perspective of one whose own unwed mother had several abortions before yours truly was permitted to emerge.

Poor People Turned To Desperate Measures When Welfare Failed Them | Posted 04.08.2012 | Business

PHOENIX -- Perhaps no law in the past generation has drawn more praise than the drive to "end welfare as we know it," which joined the late-'90s econo...

Peter S. Goodman

Child Careless: Without Help, Working Poor Parents Struggling | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 04.06.2012 | Business

SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- Every time she pulls away from her parent's house, leaving behind her 3-year-old daughter, Angelina, as she heads to work at a l...

The Individual Mandate's Conservative Origins

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The individual mandate which was included in Obamacare is so close to what Stuart Butler of the Heritage Foundation initially suggested that we can honestly say there is no appreciable difference between the two. The only real difference is whether Republicans supported the idea or not.

Makers, Takers and $2-a-Dayers

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

The right pushes a delusional narrative of a country divided between "makers and takers" -- productive go-getters versus welfare-hungry sloths. But it's all too clear who the real takers are: the ones who make it harder for everyone else to make a living.

Arthur Delaney

Paul Ryan Wants 'Welfare Reform Round 2' | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics

Congressional Republicans' budget guru said Tuesday that he wants Congress to overhaul food stamps and other safety net programs in the way welfare wa...

Drug-Testing Welfare Recipients: A Trend With No Traction

Rachel Bloom | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Rachel Bloom

Two months into the state legislative session, not a single welfare drug testing bill has passed into law. In fact, in state after state these bills are dying, in part due to the high costs of implementing such laws.

WATCH: Woman Claimed Food Stamps Despite Jackpot Win UPDATE

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 03.08.2012 | Business

Even with an extra million or two, it seems that some lottery winners are still trying to finding ways to save money -- on the government's dime. ...

Under $2 a Day in America, Part 1

Arloc Sherman | Posted 05.05.2012 | Money
Arloc Sherman

Living on less than $2 per person a day is one World Bank definition of poverty for developing nations. Unfortunately, this threshold is increasingly relevant to the United States.

Liberals Need to Choose: Welfare State or Immigration

Alex Nowrasteh | Posted 05.02.2012 | Latino Voices
Alex Nowrasteh

The thinking goes, any increase in immigration will increase the number of people on welfare which will increase taxes for Americans. Very few people would want to pay more taxes in that scenario, so most people are skeptical of immigration.

Janell Ross

Michigan Welfare Cuts Forcing People to Work or Pushing Poverty Under The Rug? | Janell Ross | Posted 02.27.2012 | Business

Last week, while working on a documentary about hunger in Michigan, Russ Russell had an experience that left him speechless. “I was visiting with...

Social Programs Vs. Entitlements: Setting the Record Straight

Tom Murphy | Posted 04.22.2012 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Millions of Americans have been hit hard by the economic downturn and are working hard to escape the trap of poverty. Mischaracterizing social welfare programs makes it hard to adequately understand and address these problems.

Desperately Working to Stay Afloat

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

At one time, the Nations owned a home. But like so many other American families, their standard of living has declined over the past decade even though they are a two-parent working family.

Bachmann Says Lap Dances Are Helping To Bankrupt The Country

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics

The House and Senate both approved a payroll tax cut bill on Friday that would extend unemployment benefits through 2012. But according to Rep. Mic...