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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....

15 innovations making school lunches healthier and more sustainable

by Seyyada A. Burney Worldwatch Institute August 15, 2012

As summer draws to a close, it’s time for kids to go back to school. Sadly, this often means a return to terribly unhealthy school lunches filled with fried chicken, pizza pockets, sugary drinks, and high-calorie snacks. School food can jeopardize the health and well-being of America’s next gen...

Training cutbacks thwart jobless

by Paul Davidson USA Today August 10, 2012

Companies have dramatically cut training programs for new employees, experts say, worsening a skills gap that's keeping them from finding qualified job candidates and pushing up unemployment....

decades on, US starts cleanup of Agent Orange in Vietnam

by Thomas Fuller New York Times August 9, 2012

DA NANG, Vietnam — In the tropical climate of central Vietnam, weeds and shrubs seem to grow everywhere — except here.Forty years after the United States stopped spraying herbicides in the jungles of Southeast Asia in the hopes of denying cover to Vietcong fighters and North Vietnamese troops, a...

US added 163,000 jobs in July; unemployment rate ticks up to 8.3 percent

by Peter Whoriskey Washington Post August 3, 2012

The United States added 163,000 jobs in July but the monthly unemployment rate nonetheless inched up to 8.3, a contradictory pair of figures that illustrate the muddled state of the economy....