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US plans to curb military assistance to Egypt

by Abigail Hauslouhner and Ernesto Londoño Washington Post October 9, 2013

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Protestant and Catholic leaders gathered across the street from the US Capitol Wednesday, October 9, to read Scripture to remind Congress of the importance of being responsive to the needs of poor people, many of who are being hurt by the government shutdown. Photo: Sojourners.

Faithful Filibuster: Christian leaders read Scripture, exhort Congress to care

by Katherine Burgess Religion News Service/Washington Post October 9, 2013

RNS () — Under a cloudy and drizzly sky, across the street from the U.S. Capitol, David Beckmann read passages from the prophet Isaiah....

Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. Photo: Astrid Riecken/Washington Post

Marian Wright Edelman marks 40 years of advocacy at Children’s Defense Fund

by Krissah Thompson Washington Post September 29, 2013

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House approves GOP plan to slash food stamp funding

by Ed O'Keefe and Niraj Chokshi Washington Post September 19, 2013

House Republicans narrowly approved a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s food stamp program Thursday that would slash about $39 billion in funding over the next decade, cut aid to about 4 million Americans in the next few years and shift the burden of providing aid to some of the nation’s poor to...

The mismeasure of poverty

by Sheldon Danziger New York Times September 17, 2013

THE Census Bureau reported yesterday that the poverty rate in America held stable between 2011 and 2012, at about 15 percent. According to the official measure, poverty today is higher than it was in 1973, when it reached a historical low of 11.1 percent....

Household income, poverty rate are flat for first time since recession, census shows

by Carol Morello Washington Post September 17, 2013

Three years into an economic recovery, falling household incomes and rising poverty rates have leveled off, suggesting the deep slide caused by the recession has finally bottomed out, new census statistics released Tuesday show....

15 percent of Americans living in poverty

by Steve Hargreaves CNNMoney September 17, 2013

Years after the Great Recession ended, 46.5 million Americans are still living in poverty, according to a Census Bureau report released Tuesday....

A home health aide in Miami. Under the old rules, such workers were not paid overtime. But that will change on Jan. 1, 2015. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

US to include home care aides in wage and overtime law

by Steven Greenhouse New York Times September 17, 2013

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it was extending minimum wage and overtime protections to the nation’s nearly two million home care workers....

House GOP seeks to cut food stamps by 5 percent

by Derek Wallbank Washington Post September 13, 2013

House Republicans are planning to vote soon on a bill that could push millions of people off food-aid programs that have expanded since the economic downturn, potentially burdening charities that help feed the hungry....

AFL-CIO has plan to add millions of non-union members

by Steven Greenhouse New York Times September 6, 2013

Richard L. Trumka, the president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., has a bold plan to reverse organized labor’s long slide: let millions of nonunion workers — and perhaps environmental, immigrant and other advocacy groups — join the labor federation....