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Brazilians Elect Far-Right
Extremist Jair Bolsonaro As President Brazilians Elect Far-Right Extremist Jair Bolsonaro As President

As if the world needed any more discouraging news, Brazilians have elected a pro-military fascist, Jair Bolsonaro, as their next president.

Report: Work Requirements for Social Programs Are Cruel, Useless, Dumb Report: Work Requirements for Social Programs Are Cruel, Useless, Dumb

A signature Republican proposal is the idea of adding work requirements to social programs like SNAP (food stamps) and even, some propose, to Medicaid. What would this actually mean?

Trump Administration Seeks to Deny Green Cards to Immigrants
Likely to Use Public Aid Trump Administration Seeks to Deny Green Cards to Immigrants Likely to Use Public Aid

Continuing its efforts to target some of society’s most vulnerable people, the Trump administration announced Saturday it will seek to deny green cards to immigrants who are likely to use public assistance, including housing vouchers and food subsidies.

Staggering Number of Americans Can't Meet Basic Needs While Trump Brags About the Economy Staggering Number of Americans Can't Meet Basic Needs While Trump Brags About the Economy

A new study by the Urban Institute published Tuesday found that 40 percent of Americans can’t meet at least one basic need—food, healthcare, housing, or utilities—even as the economy approaches nearly full employment with only a 4.4 percent unemployment rate. Remember this as the president boasts about the stock market

Talking to Homeless People in New Orleans Talking to Homeless People in New Orleans

The Big Easy can be hard. New Orleans has more than 1,300 homeless residents. They can tell you how it is.

The Trump Administration Reportedly Lied to Americans About Domestic Poverty The Trump Administration Reportedly Lied to Americans About Domestic Poverty

Documents obtained by Foreign Policy and the nonprofit crisis journalism website Coda Story show that the Trump administration knowingly lied about poverty statistics in their rebuttal to a UN Human Rights Council report on poverty in America earlier this year.

People Say They're Not Having Kids Because It's Insanely Expensive People Say They're Not Having Kids Because It's Insanely Expensive

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Boy, I’d love to have a kid and fulfill my sole biological purpose on this planet, I just don’t have literally hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend raising and caring for a child?” You’re far from alone! The New York Times’ Upshot on Thursday released the results of a poll,…

Lawsuit Against North Carolina Shows How the Justice System Keeps Poor People Poor Lawsuit Against North Carolina Shows How the Justice System Keeps Poor People Poor

The ACLU of North Carolina, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice have slapped the state of North Carolina with a federal lawsuit over the state’s practice of suspending drivers’ licenses over unpaid tickets.

Ben Carson Wants to Triple Poor People's Rent Ben Carson Wants to Triple Poor People's Rent

For many Americans, the rent is already too damn high, and skyrocketing housing costs are all the more devastating for low-income families. A 2016 report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition found that a person working full-time and earning the minimum wage cannot afford a two-bedroom apartment in any state,…

Before Basic Income, Fix Capitalism Before Basic Income, Fix Capitalism

Finland, a civilized nation near the top of the world, has decided to end its experiment providing a basic income to citizens. This will prompt predictable reactions from predictable factions. But maybe we should spend more time looking backwards, rather than forwards?

Oh Look, Another Cruel Way the Criminal Justice System Screws Over Poor People Oh Look, Another Cruel Way the Criminal Justice System Screws Over Poor People

Did you know that poor people who receive healthcare through Medicaid routinely get stripped of their coverage if they end up in jail—even if they haven’t been convicted of a crime? Neither did I, until this morning.

Why Does My Take Suck So Bad, by Moby Why Does My Take Suck So Bad, by Moby

Electronic dance musician Moby has finally weighed in on whether programs for poor people should be more or less restrictive. What answer, exactly, did the six-time Grammy nominated techno artist Moby land on?

The Last Great Warriors of the Navajo Nation The Last Great Warriors of the Navajo Nation

Four hours west of Albuquerque, over the mud brown desert hills, past the impossibly expansive golden plains strewn with flat-topped mountains pressed on god’s griddle, north of Gallup, New Mexico, “The Most Patriotic Small Town in America,” in tiny Chinle, Arizona, off Indian Route 7, on a dirt-paved side street not…

White House Reportedly Had a Sinister Ulterior Motive for Rolling Out Its Cruel 'Meal Boxes' Idea White House Reportedly Had a Sinister Ulterior Motive for Rolling Out Its Cruel 'Meal Boxes' Idea

The Trump administration does not want to force cash poor families to eat pre-boxed meal rations after all. It just wants them to stop receiving food assistance altogether.

Paul Ryan Assures Fox He's Still Working Hard to Make Life Worse for the Poor and Elderly Paul Ryan Assures Fox He's Still Working Hard to Make Life Worse for the Poor and Elderly

Last week, Congress passed a two-year budget deal to avoid the world’s tiniest shutdown. In it, Democrats got some non-defense spending increases while Republicans got a massive increase in military spending. And, right on cue, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s reaction to this was Paul Ryan’s same reaction to literally…

One Example of the Dystopian Cruelty at the Heart of Trump's Budget One Example of the Dystopian Cruelty at the Heart of Trump's Budget

The budget proposal the Trump administration released on Monday is a lengthy collection of moral horrors, but one section contains a particularly striking example of what is both new and old about this administration when it comes to policies that punish poor people.

Jeff Sessions Quietly Made it Harder for Poor People to Get Basic Legal Assistance  Jeff Sessions Quietly Made it Harder for Poor People to Get Basic Legal Assistance 

The Department of Justice has “effectively shuttered” an office created during the Obama administration to expand access to legal services to people who can’t afford them, according to The New York Times.

A Staggering Number of the Poorest People in the World Live Right Here in the United States A Staggering Number of the Poorest People in the World Live Right Here in the United States

It’s always been difficult to compare rates of poverty across countries, in part because conditions vary so greatly. Normally, the World Bank counts those living on less than $1.90 per person, per day as the world’s very poorest.

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Senator Marco Rubio tweeted this at 7:12 a.m. on Tuesday:

All the Ways the Republican Tax Bill Will Help Rich People While Screwing You Over All the Ways the Republican Tax Bill Will Help Rich People While Screwing You Over

In an age of unprecedented inequality, Senate Republicans still found the gall to pass a tax plan in the early hours of Saturday morning that constitutes an enormous transfer of wealth from the poor to the very wealthy. As The New York Times reported on Friday: “By 2027, people making $40,000 to $50,000 would pay a…

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