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Obama, Romney answer faith leaders’ call to address poverty in election (video)

by Sandi Villarreal Villarreal Sojourners September 12, 2012

Christian leaders asked, and the presidential nominees answered. The poverty rate in America is still at a staggering 15 percent and 46.2 million Americans remain in poverty — what is your plan to address the problem? - ...

Outlook grim for middle income workers, report says

by Michael A Fletcher Washington Post September 11, 2012

Middle-income workers have endured a “lost decade” of stagnant wages and are teetering on the brink of another, the consequence of both the recent recession and a long series of policy choices that have eroded their leverage in the job market, according to a report....

New Initiatives in Development Education

by Paula Hirschoff September 7, 2012

Most Americans support U.S. involvement overseas for humanitarian, environmental and other social causes, according to public opinion polls. Many support or work on refugee resettlement, peacemaking, and cultural exchange program through churches, civic groups, and universities. Yet they are not org...

Jobs grow by 96,000 in August; 13,500,000 still unemployed

by Nelson D Schwartz New York Times September 7, 2012

The nation’s employers eased up on hiring in August, making it clear that the economy was stuck in low gear.The pace of job creation, disclosed in government figures released on Friday, fell far short of the stronger showing at the start of the year. It presents a fresh challenge to President Obam...

Poverty Causes Mental Illness and Behavioral Problems, North Carolina Study Shows

by September 7, 2012

(November 27, 2003) An article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in October indicates that poverty causes mental illness and behavioral problems in children with removal from poverty improving their mental health. Since 1993, Jane Costello of the Duke University ...

Ten percent of American households were not able to provide their children with “adequate, nutritious” food at times during 2011, according to a new USDA Economic Research Service report. This translates into more than 16.6 million children — or 22 percent of all American kids — who lived in households that could not adequately feed them.  Photo: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

Ten percent of U.S. households couldn’t adequately feed kids in 2011

by Tim Carman Washington Post September 5, 2012

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A record 46.7 million Americans—or roughly one in five adults—used food stamps in June, the Department of Agriculture reports

by Bonnie Kavoussi Huffington Post September 5, 2012

A record 46.7 million Americans -- or roughly one in five adults -- used food stamps in June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently reported.Food stamp use has spiked 51 percent since October 2008, when the economy was in free fall. The number of Americans now using food stamps is rough...

Communal gardening helps refugees sink roots in a new land

by Tara Bahrampour Washington Post September 4, 2012

When he was 14, their ancestral farm — with its rice and corn fields, vegetables, cattle, horses and dogs — was confiscated under a government policy of stripping ethnic Nepalis of their property and forcing them out of the country. For the next 20 years, the family lived in an overcrowded refu...

Egypt and US near deal on debt relief

by Michael Birnbaum Washington Post September 3, 2012

CAIRO — The United States is nearing an agreement with Egypt’s new government to eliminate a significant portion of the $3.2 billion owed by the economically struggling nation, U.S. officials said Monday. The discussions are the first major negotiation...

The real Romney-Ryan budgets cuts aren’t to Medicare. They’re to programs for the poor.

by Ezra Klein Washington Post August 22, 2012

I was pretty sure that when Paul Ryan got tapped to be Robin to Mitt Romney's Batman, it meant we were in for some serious budget talk. Which was great! I love budget talk....