United States

Millions of Americans live in extreme poverty. Here’s how they get by.

by Dylan Matthews Washington Post May 13, 2013

The decline of extreme poverty — defined by the World Bank as living on less than $1.25 a day, which is derived from the average poverty line in the world's poorest countries — in recent decades has been nothing short of remarkable. As Howard Schneider noted here last week, not only has the per...

Federal contractors employ more low-wage workers than Wal-Mart and Mc Donald’s combined, new study indicates

by Jim Tankersley and Marjorie Censer Washington Post May 7, 2013

Federal taxpayers employ more low-wage workers than Wal-Mart and McDonald’s combined, a new study calculates.The report from a public policy organization Demos, set to be released Wednesday, estimates that taxpayer dollars fund nearly 2 million private-sector jobs that pay $24,000 a year — about...

Working for hours on end under a punishing sun, the pickers are said to be crowded into squalid camps, driven without a break and even cheated of wages.  Photo: Grant Blankenship/New York Times

Workers claim race bias as farms rely on immigrants

by Ethan Bronner New York Times May 6, 2013

VIDALIA, Ga. — For years, labor unions and immigrant rights activists have accused large-scale farmers, like those harvesting sweet Vidalia onions here this month, of exploiting Mexican guest workers. Working for hours on end under a punishing sun, the pickers are said to be crowded into squalid c...

There may be millions more poor people in the US than you think

by Erin McClam NBC News May 3, 2013

It is responsible for an estimated half-trillion dollars in federal spending every year, is hated by nearly everyone who studies it and is based on an American lifestyle older than the space program....

Shift to a service-driven economy delays job recovery

by Jim Tankersley Washington Post May 3, 2013

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Proposal for changes in food aid sets off infighting in Congress

by Ron Nixon New York Times May 2, 2013

WASHINGTON — A proposal by the Obama administration to overhaul the international food aid program has set off a jurisdictional fight among members of several House and Senate committees, threatening to derail the most significant change to the program since it was created nearly 60 years ago....

Suicides soar in past decade—annual total surpasses car crash deaths

by Timothy W Martin Wall Street Journal May 2, 2013

The number of deaths caused by suicide has risen precipitously in the last decade, surpassing those caused by car crashes and even some of the most fatal diseases, according to a government report released Thursday....

A section of a half-mile long concrete wall, six feet tall and a foot or so thick, now covered with murals, built in the 1940s is shown in Detroit, March 28, 2013. The wall was built with a simple aim—to separate blacks and whites.

Detroit race wall located on Birwood Street that once separated whites and blacks now haven for art

by Jeff Karoub Associated Press/Huntington Post May 1, 2013

DETROIT -- When Eva Nelson-Mc Clendon first moved to Detroit's Birwood Street in 1959, she didn't know much about the wall across the street. At 6 feet tall and a foot thick, it wasn't so imposing, running as it did between houses on her street and one over. Then she started to hear the talk....

A food fight over Food for Peace

by David Rodgers Politico April 24, 2013

After a decade of foreign wars, who’d have thought Washington would now be fighting over something called “Food for Peace”? Yet almost half the House Republicans voted against funding the Eisenhower-era icon in the previous Congress. And Wednesday found Rajiv Shah — the bright young star at ...

Lonnie Briglia, 60, paused to compose himself as he told of the losing battle with the bank to save the family home in Port St. Lucie, Fla. “It’s like life is a big doughnut and I fell through the hole,” he said. He’s inside the small trailer he bought for $750 after losing the family home to foreclosure, and he has been on the fence about whether he would take part in SNAP but said might do it if desperate.

In Florida, a food-stamp recruiter deals with wrenching choices

by Eli Saslow Washington Post April 24, 2013

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