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Ben Carson’s Affordable Housing Act Is A Direct Attack On America’s Poor

by Kate Harveston Affordable housing has always been a target for the GOP, since the golden days of Ronald Reagan, and his famous “welfare queen” speeches during his 1976 presidential campaign. Something in this image — widowed or unmarried women living luxuriously off welfare fraud — resonated …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Ben Carson And The Sinister Motivations Of Republican Economics

One of the most pervasive myths about poverty in right wing circles is that people who are unable to lift themselves out of it aren’t working hard enough. Some of the most militant advocates of this philosophy are those who come from poor backgrounds themselves, and insist that anyone can do what …Continue reading Continue […]

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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…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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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…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Use These Apps to Get Immediate Help for the Homeless

“Apps for homeless people” might sound a bit weird. But cheap smartphones, outreach programs, and youth homelessness mean that many people have a phone but no home. (As of 2011, almost two thirds of homeless youth owned a cell phone.) And in several cities, they can use mobile apps to find food, shelter, and other…Read […]

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Trump Goes to War on Medicaid Because Poor Americans Aren’t Suffering Enough

With crumbling public education, crumbling infrastructure, low wage, insecure jobs and sky rocketing health care costs survival for the poorest Americans can only be managed on a day to day basis. Australian professor Philip Alston, a United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Rand Paul Thinks Recovering From His Injuries Was “A Living Hell”? Try Doing it Without Insurance

Just a few weeks after voting to strip million of Americans of their healthcare, Rand Paul wants those Americans to know just how tough he had it after his neighbor beat the snot out of him back in November: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday called the recovery from a November attack outside of his […]

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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 […]

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Some College Students Qualify for SNAP Benefits

If you’re a low-income college student, and you’re working at least 20 hours a week or have a household dependent under 12, you might be eligible for free groceries through SNAP. Check the USDA student eligibility requirements and general SNAP requirements to see if you qualify. In 42 states, you can apply for SNAP…Read more… […]

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Welcome to an American City Where the Government Barely Exists

On Woodward Avenue in Highland Park, Michigan, a historical marker stands in front of a derelict industrial building. It reads, “Here at his Highland Park Plant, Henry Ford in 1913 began the mass production of automobiles on a moving assembly line…Mass production soon moved from here to all phases of American…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How to Give Poor People Money In Order to Save the World

Paul Niehaus is the cofounder and president of GiveDirectly, a direct cash transfer program rated as one of the most effective anti-poverty charities in the world. He is currently putting together the largest basic income experiment ever designed. We spoke to him about the politics and perils of changing how the world…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Give Poor People Money In Order to Save the World

Paul Niehaus is the cofounder and president of GiveDirectly, a direct cash transfer program rated as one of the most effective anti-poverty charities in the world. He is currently putting together the largest basic income experiment ever designed. We spoke to him about the politics and perils of changing how the world…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Your Cancer Risk Depends, in Part, on Where You Live

Of every 100,000 Americans, 451 of us will get cancer in a given year. But that varies depending on where you live: some counties have higher cancer rates than others. And those rates match up pretty well with this map of environmental quality, which you should check out now—because it may be the last of […]

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