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Monica Potts

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Monica Potts is an Arkansas-based writer, currently writing a book about the women of her rural hometown.

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And, reverting to partisan form, are also likely to vote for the Republican slate of candidates Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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A 2008 program to help tens of thousands on housing waitlists is finally set to be funded, but House Republicans have other plans. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Illustration by Steve Brodner

Her attitude—unabashedly feminist, casually in charge—was captured most effectively toward the end of her stint as secretary of state. Can she keep it as a candidate? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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In the rural area around Cumberland, the obesity rate is almost 29 percent, nutrition is poor and food insecurity is high. With a waiver from the federal government to experiment with preventive care, state officials hope to reverse those trends. Read more

Economic Policy

Why the failure of the Paycheck Fairness Act this week can't be ignored.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The number of military families seeking food assistance has risen; even more need the help but are afraid to ask. Something's wrong.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Criminalized and discarded, falling at the bottom of every statistic, they want something better.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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The Ozarks—land of hillbillies and a few vast modern fortunes—are the setting for recent literary thrillers. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

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The House Budget chair released his cherry-picked report on the state of poverty-prevention programs on Monday. Here's what he overlooked.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

87,000 people have gotten insurance through the state's Medicaid expansion—now that it's working so well, GOP legislators are trying to get rid of the plan.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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A recent study adds to the mounting pile of evidence that a child's early years are critical for determining later academic success. Poor kids are falling far behind.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The new Farm Bill, which goes before the Senate today, proposes to cut a program that gives assistance to the neediest.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The representative from Wisconsin is heading into 2014 by positioning himself as an advocate for the needy. Will the label stick? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

A suggested provision in the farm bill would leave ex-offenders without access to food stamps.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

New York is helping low-income families pay down debts and cover expenses. But don’t expect this program to go national. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Federal money that goes to the states to provide cash and job training assistance to the nation's poorest is drying out because of the shutdown. That's a huge problem.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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It seems that food stamps are always in danger of facing the chopping block. Here are the numbers on the program’s effectiveness. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The House decides to cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which could leave millions of impoverished families without food. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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New numbers from the Census Bureau show how tough this country is on women. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

For most Americans, life expectancy continues to rise—but not for uneducated white women. They have lost five years, and no one knows why. Read more

Health and Social Policy