United States

Farm bill compromise will change programs and reduce spending. Bill must now be voted on by both House and Senate.

by Ron Dixon New York Times January 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — House and Senate negotiators on Monday agreed on a new five-year farm bill that will eliminate or consolidate dozens of agriculture subsidy programs, expand government-subsidized crop insurance and cut about $8 billion from the food stamp program over the next decade....

Low wage workers have far more education than they did in in 1968, but they make far less

by Lawrence Mishel Economic Policy Institute January 23, 2014

The minimum wage is 23 percent less than its peak inflation-adjusted value in 1968. This is despite productivity (how much output can be produced in an average hour of work in the economy) more than doubling in that time period. The low-wage workforce has surely contributed to this rise in economy-...

Economic mobility hasn’t changed in a half-century in America, economists declare

by Jim Tankersly Washington Post January 22, 2014

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The U.S. has caused more global warming than any other country. Here is how the Earth will get its revenge.

by Chris Mooney Washington Post January 22, 2014

Last year, we learned what is probably the worst global warming news yet — that we may have irrevocably destabilized the massive ice sheet of West Antarctica, which contains the equivalent of nearly 11 feet of sea level rise. The rate of West Antarctic ice loss has been ominously increasing, and t...

Christopher and Melinda were participants in a program, which the state of Maryland will be expanding this month, designed to strengthen families. Photo courtesy CFUF

Dead broke, not deadbeat: Baltimore rethinks welfare policy

by Alia Malek Al Jazeera America January 15, 2014

BALTIMORE — When Darnell met his sister's friend Charlotte after his release from prison in 1997, he was sure God had sent her. While locked up, he'd often prayed for divine help....

One in three Americans slipped below the poverty line between 2009 and 2011

by Brad Plumer Washington Post January 8, 2014

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Graphic: 50 years of poverty

by Alicia Parlapiano New York Times January 4, 2014

While government programs have kept millions of people, especially the elderly, from falling into poverty, rates remain high for many groups of Americans, including children, blacks and Hispanics....

50 years later, war on poverty is a mixed bag(analysis)

by Annie Lowery New York Times January 4, 2014

WASHINGTON — To many Americans, the war on poverty declared 50 years ago by President Lyndon B. Johnson has largely failed. The poverty rate has fallen only to 15 percent from 19 percent in two generations, and 46 million Americans live in households where the government considers their income sca...

Demonstrators rally for better wages outside a McDonald’s restaurant in New York City as part of a national protest on Dec. 5. Photo: Richard Drew/AP

Majority of Americans want minimum wage to be increased, poll finds

by Michael A. Fletcher and Peyton M. Craighill Washington Post December 18, 2013

A large majority of Americans want Congress to substantially increase the minimum wage as part of an effort to reduce the nation’s expanding economic inequality, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll....

Here’s how the safety net has—and hasn’t—reduced poverty in the US

by Brad Plumer Washington Post December 10, 2013

The authors construct a broader definition of poverty and factor in programs like Social Security, food stamps, and unemployment insurance. Based on that data, the fraction of Americans with incomes below the poverty line has dropped from 26 percent in 1967 to 16 percent today....