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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…

BAN MARRIAGE BAN MARRIAGE

Welcome to Ban Week, in which Splinter writers build a case for burning it all down.

Food Investing with Ivanka Trump  Food Investing with Ivanka Trump 

Is food a good investment for your family? Special Assistant to the President of the United States Ivanka Trump suggests: maybe.

Ivanka Trump Strangely Quiet as House Republicans Reject Her One Not Actively Harmful Idea Ivanka Trump Strangely Quiet as House Republicans Reject Her One Not Actively Harmful Idea

House Republicans released their tax plan this week, and wealthy heirs should feel very good about it because it provides them with a $172 billion tax cut. But wealthy heir Ivanka Trump may have that feeling diluted by .0000000000000001 percent, because House Republicans also rejected her proposal to double the child…

Apparently It Will Take 217 Years to Close the Gender Economic Gap Apparently It Will Take 217 Years to Close the Gender Economic Gap

A report released earlier this week by the World Economic Forum found that the United States now ranks 49th out of 144 countries in terms of gender equality, which is defined by the organization across broad metrics of health, education, workforce participation, and political participation. In 2006, it ranked 23rd.

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