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House passes ‘miracle’ farm bill

By Andrew Branch
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Government | The House on Wednesday passed an almost $100 billion-a-year farm bill compromise containing a small cut in food stamps and preserving most crop subsidies.

Compromise on meager reforms knits together ‘Frankenstein’ farm bill

By Andrew Branch
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Government | Farm-state lawmakers are pushing for final passage of a massive, five-year farm bill—member by member, vote by vote—as it heads to the House floor…

The state of the minimum wage

By Andrew Branch
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Government | While Washington reporters concentrate on President Barack Obama’s words about income inequality and his recommendations concerning minimum wage laws, state…

Signs and Wonders: Gentrification is not genocide after all

By Warren Cole Smith
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Newsworthy | Gentrification boon. In 1988, riots in New York helped promote the false idea that the gentrification of neighborhoods forced poor people onto the streets and…

Midday Roundup: Bill Gates predicts end to global poverty

By Leigh Jones
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Newsworthy | No more poverty? Bill Gates, Microsoft founder turned philanthropist, makes a bold prediction in his foundation’s annual letter, released today: By 2035,

Signs and Wonders: Tom Coburn considers early retirement

By Warren Cole Smith
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Newsworthy | Coburn’s cancer. Sen. Tom Coburn has been battling prostate cancer for some time, but his fight may have taken an ominous turn. Several news outlets are…

Two plans, one problem, no solutions

By Andrew Branch
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Poverty | Anti-poverty proposals from Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Paul Ryan are short on specifics, long on ideals and government criticism

Jobless bill stalls in the Senate

By Andrew Branch
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Politics | The first part of the Democrats’ anti-poverty agenda stalled yesterday when legislation to resurrect long-term jobless legislation stalled in the Senate.

Midday Roundup: Christie administration busted for punishing opponents

By Leigh Jones
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Newsworthy | Make them pay. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has some explaining to do today after a newspaper printed emails suggesting that members of his administration…

Ideology vs. reality

By Cal Thomas
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Politics | French President François Hollande has been confronted by the glaring light of reality—sort of. On New Year’s Day, as his massive tax increases began…

Signs and Wonders: Even the best intentions can’t end poverty

By Warren Cole Smith
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Newsworthy | Lifting all ships. The interest of the millennial generation in the plight of the poor is admirable, but those of us in the older demographic sometimes wish…

Government attempts to rein in disability fraud

By Andrew Branch
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Government | Facing backlash from scandals and the specter of running out of money, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is making changes in 2014 to curb fraud in its…

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