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Budget Cuts Would Leave Many Americans Hungry

Their bellies were swollen and their fragile limbs covered with sores that would not heal. Clothed in rags, these children of the Mississippi Delta huddled in crumbling shacks with empty iceboxes, not a morsel of food to be found. It was a level of human suffering and despair that brought a New York Senator to tears. Walking, stunned, from one hovel to the next, Senator Robert F. Kennedy saw conditions that rivaled what he’d seen in third-world countries.

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...

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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