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The never-ending war on poverty

By Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette
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Poverty | WASHINGTON—President Lyndon Johnson stood before Congress and declared a “war on poverty” in January 1964. Fifty years later, Congress is still debating…

Why Gawker seems brainless

Why Gawker seems brainless

By Marvin Olasky
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Poverty | The website Gawker on Tuesday featured a story with a grabby lead paragraph: “A new study that traces the effect of government programs on poverty all the way…

Massive disability fraud scheme unravels under congressional magnifying glass

By Andrew Branch
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Government | As the government shutdown rages on, Republicans and Democrats traded compliments in a bizarre scene that unfolded Monday in the Senate Committee on Homeland…

Washington Post blames the economy for disability roll bloat

By Andrew Branch
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Poverty | Millinocket, Maine, used to be the paper capital of the world. The towering mills on the Penobscot River were the epitome of a small-town economy bursting…

House takes bite out of food stamp program

By Andrew Branch
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Poverty | Food stamps are the face of welfare, and House Republicans are determined to force a showdown with the president and Senate over the nation’s social…

Can the Dutch turn it around?

By Marvin Olasky
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Europe | American liberals have proclaimed for decades that the United States should be more like Europe in social welfare policies. That mantra may have to change, as…

TANF flops on family values

TANF flops on family values

By Andrew Branch
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Poverty | When 1996 welfare reform turned Aid to Families with Dependent Children into Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Congress gave the program four…

Homelessness in Puerto Rico and other poverty news

By Andrew Branch
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Poverty | Puerto Rico’s homeless population has risen sharply—as much as 70 percent—in the past two years amid an ongoing economic crisis. Across the island of…

House rejects farm bill

By Andrew Branch
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Congress | The House has rejected a five year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new…

Conflict of interests could fetter Farm Bill

By Andrew Branch
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Welfare | The Senate passed its version of a new farm bill Tuesday, but a portion of the subsidy package threatens to kill the measure in the House as it did last year.

SNAP—and pop goes 1990s welfare reform

By Andrew Branch
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Welfare | Government recruiters have now enrolled a record 47 million people in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. That…

Powerful obscurity

By Emily Belz
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Welfare | Robert Doar may not be well-known, but he made welfare reform a reality in New York City

 
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