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America's New Poverty: The Poverty That Must Be Defeated

Frank Islam | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

In this 50th anniversary year of the initiation of the War on Poverty (War), there has been much discussion about the war and its relative success and failure. There has been far too little attention paid, however, to America's new poverty.

Celebrate President's Day With Rare Photos Of Presidents With Celebrities Of Their Time

The Huffington Post | Hilary Miller | Posted 02.17.2014 | Celebrity

What better way to celebrate President's Day 2014 than with a look back at our last 14 men in office and their famous friends? Let's be honest (for ol...

The 10 Richest U.S. Presidents

24/7 Wall St. | Ashley C. Allen | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket, according to most political pundits. The pr...

Pete Seeger: Beating Flagpoles Into Ploughshares

Michael Winship | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

Not only was it sad to hear the news yesterday morning of Pete Seeger's passing but startling to realize that it was 45 long years ago that we first met. It was in 1969, at Georgetown University, when I was a callow college freshman and he already was a legend among folk music lovers and political activists.

It's Time to End Child Poverty in Rich America With Urgency and Persistence

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty, the United States is still not a fair playing field for millions of children afflicted by preventable poverty, hunger, homelessness, sickness, poor education and violence in the world's richest economy with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $15.7 trillion. Every fifth child (16.1 million) is poor, and every tenth child (7.1 million) is extremely poor. Children are the poorest age group and the younger they are the poorer they are. Every fourth infant, toddler and preschool child (5 million) is poor; 1 in 8 is extremely poor. A majority of our one- and two-year-olds are already children of color. In five years children of color who are disproportionately poor, nearly 1 in 3, will be a majority of all children in America and of our future workforce, military and consumers. But millions of them are unready for school, poorly educated and unprepared to face the future.

The Real Culture of Income Inequality

Steven Conn | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Yes, Mr. Brooks, the problem of income inequality is a cultural problem. But it is a culture created in the cossetted right-wing think-tanks of Washington, not in struggling neighborhoods around the country.

Tackling Child Poverty: Having That Vision Thing

Bruce Lesley | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Nobody -- no matter their political ideology -- should find it acceptable that 22 percent of our nation's children live in poverty

Mike Duggan: Detroit Rejected or Detroit Recovered?

David Alexander Bullock | Posted 03.15.2014 | Detroit
David Alexander Bullock

Mayor Duggan cannot rest his laurels on mere trash pick up and snow removal. He has got to attack poverty in Detroit head on.

Christie's Bridge Problem Shows Foolishness, But Voters Won't Remember

Brian Jencunas | Posted 03.11.2014 | College
Brian Jencunas

Luckily for Christie, few voters are paying attention to politics this far away from a national election, so the bridge-closing won't hurt his all-but-certain 2016 political campaign.

50 Years Later: The War on Poverty Needs an Update

Michael Green | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Michael Green

Fifty years ago the President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, delivered the State of the Union address that would put poverty reduction at the center of federal policy-making for a generation, declaring the beginning of a "War on Poverty" still being fought to this day.

LBJ's Unfinished Race War

Derrick Darby | Posted 03.10.2014 | Black Voices
Derrick Darby

Poverty has always been colorblind and is not contained by geographical borders. But it is also true that while poverty affects us all, it disproportionately impacts people of color in America.

From War on Poverty to War on Working Poor

Rep. Frederica Wilson | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Rep. Frederica Wilson

This week marks two anniversaries. It's not only the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's declaration of the War on Poverty but also the 1,100th consecutive day of the Republican House of Representatives' refusal to vote on a single serious piece of jobs legislation.

Is America Ready for a New War on Poverty?

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We know how to reduce poverty. Within a decade after President Johnson declare a War on Poverty, we cut the nation's poverty rate in half. We should commit ourselves to cutting it in half once again by 2025.

Re-Learning the Lessons of the War on Poverty

Martha J. Bailey | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Martha J. Bailey

Critics are right that the War on Poverty has been expensive, but wrong to call it a failure. Yes, poverty is still with us, but many of its often forgotten programs were landmark successes.

The War On Poverty Is Our Moral Challenge Now

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.07.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Even as we've made progress against poverty, we've fallen back on other fronts. Employment, especially long-term unemployment, is at record highs for the modern era. Higher education is increasingly expensive. We are living in an increasingly inequitable economy.

Media Matters

Murray Fromson | Posted 03.08.2014 | Media
Murray Fromson

This being just five days into the new year, I hate to start off with some negative complaints, especially because my unhappiness has to do with the incomplete reporting.

50 Years Since LBJ's War on Poverty: A New Battle Cry

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Rep. Gwen Moore

I hope we all take a moment, on this 50th anniversary, to recall that once upon a time, our political leaders proudly worked to end poverty -- instead of proudly campaigning on promises to erode anti-poverty programs. We must reawaken our desire to help those in need and open our eyes to the reality of life for the poor.

50 Years From the War on Poverty -- Win or Lose?

Martha Burk | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

The truth is that as a country, we're getting stingier, not more generous with the poor. And the difference between the very rich and the rest of us has grown astronomically since President Johnson declared his war.

Health Care Law Is Not The First New Program With Launch Woes

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Although multiple problems have snarled the rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, it's hardly the first t...

A Tale of Two Roll Outs

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The United States today is confronted with a crisis that endangers perhaps even more immediately the welfare of the American polity. And that is the lamentable state of health care in the United States.

Did President Obama Just Realize Income Inequality Is a Problem?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Five years into his presidency, with the Republicans in control of the House of Representatives, Obama has almost no possibility of passing meaningful legislation addressing income inequality. In a strange way, this is why he is speaking about it now.

When Presidents Die, Power Transfer Can Be Fraught

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — As President John F. Kennedy lay dying 50 years ago at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Vice President Lyndon Johnson was hurri...

Ask What You Can Do For Your Country

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I hope, as we remember a young President, that we will renew our commitment to building with urgency and persistence a just America where every child is valued and enabled to achieve their God given potential regardless of the lottery of birth.

November Days of Drums

Michael Winship | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

While many will recall the sound of muffled drums as Kennedy's horse-drawn funeral caisson was moved through the streets of Washington, I'll remember Friday, 2 p.m., and the echo of drums in a dark and empty school auditorium.

The 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Part Three): Legacies

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

One of the reasons why the Kennedy assassination continues to affect millions of people the way it does, even fifty years later, is the sense that we are still fighting the same battle today.