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Peter Edelman

Entries by Peter Edelman

Nicholas Kristof Says, 'I'm No Expert on Domestic Poverty' -- You Can Say That Again

(9) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 11:11 AM

We're used to seeing the truth mangled in the public discourse about poverty, but when it's done by a journalist as respected as Nicholas Kristof, it's surprising bordering on shocking. Kristof put his foot solidly in the mud last Sunday (December 9) when he built his column ("Profiting...

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Gary MacDougal in the NY Times Last Week -- Patent Medicine in the 21st Century

(37) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 7:51 PM

Gary MacDougal, an adviser of yesteryear to Republican Governor Jim Edgar of Illinois, popped up on the op-ed page of the New York Times last week with the longstanding Cato Institute (and Heritage Foundation) line that we spend a trillion dollars on the poor and get nothing for...

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Time and Money: The Story of Single Moms

(4) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 5:21 PM

Jason DeParle's front-page story in the New York Times on Sunday, "Two Classes in America, Divided by 'I Do'," is another instance of his important work covering American poverty over the years. Putting a human face on the story is one of his strengths, and he did that...

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America Has a Class Problem

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 2:39 PM

Michael Gerson wrote about "America's class problem" in The Washington Post on Friday. He was certainly right that we have a class problem but he seems to believe that improving educational opportunities is the sole step needed to solve the problem. If we don't do something about the...

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Reinvigorating the American Dream: A Broader Bolder Approach to Tackling the Achievement Gap

(8) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 9:23 AM

Rising income and wealth inequality has eroded economic opportunity in America. The potential of education to overcome adversity and our collective belief in a fluid social structure continue to be hailed as evidence that everyone has access to a path out of poverty. Yet recent research findings make clear that...

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Chasms of Difference

(18) Comments | Posted September 5, 2005 | 1:04 PM

There are so many lessons to be learned from this terrible tragedy. I want to emphasize just one, but it's a big one. We have seen and heard much about the failure of FEMA and the failure of the federal government generally, and the connections of that failure to budget...

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"America Is Becoming More Virtuous"?

(13) Comments | Posted August 16, 2005 | 4:36 PM

I'm a little slow in responding to David Brooks' New York Times column of August 7 ("The Virtues of Virtue"), because I've been on vacation and trying to free my mind of this sort of thing, but I just can't sit this one out.

"America is becoming more virtuous"?...

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