Thursday, May 28, 2015
Welfare
This is a woman no stranger to campaigning.

Will Hillary Clinton Run Against Her Husband’s Welfare Legacy?

Bill Clinton’s legacy on welfare reform is complicated, and a new era calls for new reforms.

May 27, 2015
Jesus Wept

First Quote Jesus; Then Punish the Poor

How many people in this country pray for the poor on Sunday and spend the rest of the week complaining that the government is doing something about them?

May 21, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: The GOP Alternative On Iran

The Daily Show looked at Republican opposition to the Iran deal, and what the GOP would want to do instead — with an incredible performance by correspondent Hasan Minhaj.

April 8, 2015
President Obama in Miami

5 Ways Democratic Presidents Kick Republican Butt

The evidence is clear: Democrats make the pie bigger for everyone, while Republicans redistribute to the rich.

March 2, 2015
Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida

Court Ends Florida Governor Scott’s Plan On Drug Tests

Governor Scott’s vindictive, wasteful attack on the poor is finally dead.

December 9, 2014
Rick Scott

Court Deals Blow To Drug Testing Of Florida Welfare Recipients

Another court has rejected Rick Scott’s crusade to drug test welfare recipients.

December 3, 2014
social security

How The Safety Net Cuts Poverty Rates

The safety net is saving Americans — but Republicans are still obsessed with cutting it.

October 28, 2014
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Here’s One Easy Way For Republicans To Reduce Government Dependency

Too bad they’ll never actually do it.

October 20, 2014
Scott Walker. Photo via Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Scott Walker Wants To Revisit Drug Tests For Welfare

Governor Scott Walker is the latest Republican to suggest mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients. As part of his re-election campaign, the Wisconsin governor put forth a 62-page platform, which includes a plan to “require a drug test for those requesting unemployment and able-bodied, working-age adults requesting Food Stamps from the state.” This is not a revolutionary […]

September 16, 2014
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Arizona Republican Resigns After Proposing Sterilization Of Poor Women

Former Arizona state senator Russell Pearce resigned from his position as the Arizona Republican Party’s vice chairman on Sunday, after suggesting that Arizona sterilize all women on Medicaid. “You put me in charge of Medicaid,” Pearce said on his radio show last week, “the first thing I’d do is get [female recipients] Norplant, birth-control implants, […]

September 15, 2014
Housing

After Scrutiny, Chicago Housing Authority Cuts Value Of ‘Super Vouchers’

By Michelle Manchir, Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — Chicago Housing Authority voucher recipients will no longer receive enough assistance to place them in the city’s most luxurious high-rise buildings under a new policy, the agency announced Sunday. The policy targets “super vouchers” that allow low-income recipients to receive up to 300 percent of the U.S. Department […]

August 18, 2014
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Walmart On Welfare

Next time you drive past a Walmart, think about how much in taxes you pay to subsidize the nation’s largest private employer, owned by the nation’s richest family. Your cost this year: $24 if you are single, $49 if you are a couple, and $99 if you are a couple with two kids. And you […]

April 14, 2014
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Another Round Of Food Stamp Cuts Hits States

By Jake Grovum, Stateline.org WASHINGTON — A fresh round of food stamp cuts at the state level are underway, on top of federal food stamp reductions that hit millions of Americans twice since November. In some states, policymakers have imposed additional cuts that jeopardize benefits for hundreds of thousands. The impact of the reductions is […]

March 30, 2014
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Authorities Hunt For Couple Living Lavish Lifestyle While Collecting Food Stamps

By Brittany Shammas, Sun Sentinel FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Andrea and Colin Chisholm III fancied themselves Scottish aristocrats, insisting on being called Lord and Lady and leading a lavish lifestyle fitting of royals. They owned a $1.2 million, 83-foot yacht that was docked in South Florida. They lived in waterfront homes in Minnesota and in Lighthouse […]

March 28, 2014
Farm Bill

Farm Subsidies Reveal Congressional Double Standard

Congress has left me confused. Stunned, actually, as well as bewildered, chagrined and slightly depressed. The GOP-dominated House has passed a bill that defies compassion, mathematics and common sense. OK, so there’s nothing unusual about that. Point taken. But the recent passage of a farm bill, after months of delay, is an especially sharp example […]

February 2, 2014
Paul LePage

Maine Governor’s Welfare Investigation Turns Up Next To Nothing

Maine governor Paul LePage (R) finally has a smoking gun in his effort to restrict welfare programs — at least according to him. According to a much-hyped study conducted by the state department of Health and Human Services, recipients of social programs like SNAP and TANF used money from these programs at places like bars, […]

January 9, 2014

A Monument to the ‘Least of These’

This Sunday on the National Mall, the nation dedicates a monument to, arguably, the greatest American of the 20th century. It is, as Lincoln said at another dedication, altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. When heroes die, it is human nature to wrap their lives in metal, marble and granite. We do […]

August 24, 2011

Between A Velvet Glove And A Straw Pillow

Q: I am 64 years old and have just been laid off. Instead of looking for another job, I’ve decided to retire. But I am struggling so much with my Social Security choices, and I hope you can help. I went to the Social Security office, and they presented me with some options. They suggested […]

August 10, 2011
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