Issue: The Poverty Issue

Issue number: 23

Clinton-era reforms mean that our safety net is weakest when we need it most. Read more

Economic Policy

In Gary, Indiana—the former “Magic City” of industrial might—jobs have left, and so has almost everything else. Read more

Economic Policy

The way we determine who needs help blocks many poor people from receiving the assistance they need. Read more

Economic Policy

The problem is worse than we thought, but we can solve it. Read more

Economic Policy


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Fifty years ago, Michael Harrington’s The Other America awoke the nation to the prevalence of poverty in its midst. Read more

Economic Policy


(Patrick Michels)

Capital Idea, an innovative long-term job-training program in Austin, helps lift the working poor out of poverty. Read more

Education in America

Vendors in Los Angeles' MacArthur Park fight for their right to sell. Read more

Economic Policy

Liberals are counting on population trends to doom 
Republicans to a long-term minority. They shouldn’t. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


Chris Wilson

A profile of life in one of the country's poorest counties Read more

Economic Policy

The secret subversiveness of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women Read more


Linda Hirshman's new book tries to uncover how the LGBT movement accomplished so much in such a short span of time. Read more


Half a century later, the battles of the 1960s--and the effects of one great wrong turn by liberals of that time--are still with us. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

Why don't those in power listen to economists Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman? Read more

Economic Policy