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Cold, Cold GOP Hearts

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

Today's GOP boasts of its plans to slash government spending and bleed social programs to their core. Can decent Americans of any political stripe really stomach the harsh reality if that rhetoric is put into practice?

PHOTOS: The Poorest States In The U.S.

Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Great Recession increased poverty in 31 of 50 U.S. states last year, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau. These states, which ...

Glenn Beck, Conservatism, and the War on the Poor

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

It will be hard for anything to get done in American politics with a campaign of relentless class warfare being waged by the rich and powerful against those without the means to fight back.

Jason Linkins

Poverty Rate Report: The Day The Media Cared About The Poor | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The worst of the worst when it comes to the way issues like poverty and crumbling infrastructure and massive unemployment are covered is found in the area of political reporting, where these matters take on no larger resonance beyond how they are affecting the campaign season horse race. Millions of Americans are unemployed! Well, who's up? Who's down? It's the millions of unemployed Americans that are "down."

Arthur Delaney

Poverty Rate Rises To 14.3 Percent In 2009 | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The poverty rate rose to 14.3 percent during 2009 from 13.2 percent the previous year as household income stayed flat and the number of people without...

Poverty Rate In U.S. Saw Record Increase In 2009: 1 In 7 Americans Are Poor

AP | HOPE YEN and LIZ SIDOTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The number of people in the U.S. who are in poverty is on track for a record increase on President Barack Obama's watch, with the ranks...

The F Word: Fight Tea Party Voters With Fresh Voters

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Candidates have been in their districts, making nice to likely mid-term voters. They're more scarce than general election voters, and typically a more...

Tea Party Favorite Continues Class War Against the Poor

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

Paladino is taking dehumanization of the poor to its logical conclusion. If it's their fault they're jobless, then it follows that they are somehow lesser beings. We should just lock them away and throw away the key.

A Basket Of Summer Fruit: What God Thinks Of Societies That Fail The Poor

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

This is the heart of God's will for all of us, from our leaders on down: We are to be at work to bring justice to those who are powerless, and to meet the needs of the poor.

The Sometimes Sordid History of the American Quest for Bliss in Marriage

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bella DePaulo

Instead of simply teaching people to have 'healthy' marriages, marriage counseling taught Americans to define marriage itself as a healthy state of being.

PHOTOS: Ann Curry's 'Hidden America,' The Impoverished

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This Sunday on NBC, Ann Curry will anchor a special report on impoverished Americans in Southeast Ohio. "America Now: Friends & Neighbors" was produc...

The New Poverty Measure

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

I think everyone who gets to know young kids knows the look of total disbelief you get when you offer them a quarter (or even worse a dime) and suggest they get some candy.

Microcredit Summit in Kenya and Redemption

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

I now see that the spiritual dimension of microfinance, the redemptive dimension of microfinance as central to my vision for the field. The technical side is important, but only if it serves the transformational dimension.

The F Word: For Poor, America's a Sinking Ship

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Last week in New York authorities announced that at Harlem Hospital Center, the largest health facility in that historic neighborhood, doctors had fai...

Tweeting for Poor Folks? That'll be the Day!

Caryl Rivers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Caryl Rivers

The new media order that is emerging -- the internet with its myriad of bloggers, You Tube, Facebook, Twitter and 24-hour cable -- is even less centered on the poor than traditional media.

Child Care Cuts Force Parents Back on Welfare

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Poor and already vulnerable mothers and children are being hard hit by budget cuts to child care assistance, leaving working parents without child-care help, making them lose their jobs, and forcing them back onto welfare.

What Glenn Beck Doesn't Understand About Biblical Social Justice

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Jesus said that we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. I invited Beck to a civil and respectful conversation about the issues at stake here, but he has chosen a different path.

Bloomberg Shuttering Lifesaving Senior Centers

Stacy Torres | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stacy Torres

Under Bloomberg's grim plan to close at least 50 senior centers by July 1, thousands of seniors will not have a place to eat Thanksgiving this year.

A Step Toward Recovery from Our Oil Addiction

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jim Wallis

Moving toward a "clean energy economy" will require more than just a re-wiring of the energy grid; it will also take a re-wiring of ourselves -- a conversion, really, of our habits of the heart.

What Bill O'Reilly Has Wrong About Farrakhan, Wright and Pfleger

Tamara N. Holder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tamara N. Holder

When you fight for the poor and the voiceless, you take a lot of hits -- not hits from the poor, but hits from those who want to minimize your work. W...

Regulate Nonbank Financial Institutions, Say Consumer Groups

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- While much of the Congressional debate over consumer financial protection has focused on banks, lawmakers have been grappling behind the...

Poverty vs.The Short Rope of Technology

Gil Laroya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Gil Laroya

A quick jaunt on the internet has a way of laying out and exposing the days pressing concerns. What's new, what's hot, what's "relevent". Whether it b...

Changing the Federal Poverty Measure...or Not

Diana M. Pearce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diana M. Pearce

An accurate measure must be created that truly reflects the 21st century realities facing the working poor. Only then can we hope to find who, where and why we still have poverty in the world's richest nation.

Poverty Formula Revised: New Method Doubles Number Of Elderly Poor

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The government took steps Tuesday to highlight the increasing numbers of poor Americans, adopting a revised formula that is expecte...

Let's Get Theological on Health Care and Warfare

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Anyone care to provide a theological foundation for the Republican policy preferences for the rich and for war? I would really like to see it.