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New Research Documents Growth of Extreme Poverty

New Research Documents Growth of Extreme Poverty

Cross-posted by several other media outlets, including Billmoyers.com and Commondreams.org. A new book by two of our nation’s foremost poverty researchers, Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, reveals the desperate circumstances that hundreds of thousands of children and...

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Why the wealthy always win

Inequalities in income, wealth, and opportunity have risen to virtually unprecedented levels. In Affluence and Influence, political scientist Martin Gilens demonstrates that in policy disagreements between the most well-off and everyone else, the wealthy consistently...

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50 Years Later: Why We Must Remember

50 Years Later: Why We Must Remember

Originally posted on TalkPoverty.org. Cross-posted on BillMoyers.com. This has been a summer of half-century commemorations, wonderful and gruesome. Last week we celebrated the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the greatest and most important advance in civil rights...

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