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Long-Term Unemployed Losing Benefits
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

For  The Nation ,  Greg Kaufmann  writes: The long-term unemployed now make up over 40 percent of all unemployed workers, and 3.3 percent of the labor force. In the past six decades, the previous highs for these figures were 26 percent and ...

VIDEO: Images from NATO Protests in Chicago
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

From the Chicago Sun-Times: Several thousand protesters spent five hours peacefully chanting, singing and marching against war. At the end, nearly 40 young veterans dramatically took their military medals and ...

Is Bono Really $1.5 Billion Richer with Facebook IPO? (Don't Believe the Hype, He Says)
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

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Bono to the G8: Transparency, 'We Won't Have Food Security Without It'
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

"Crops need sunlight. So does resource extraction. Both need sunlight’s disinfecting glare," Bono told the G8 symposium on food security and agriculture. "Isn’t transparency the vaccine to preve ...

An International “Occupy” Manifesto
Originally Posted: 05/18/2012 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

One of the things which struck me was how strong the GlobalMay Statement, is on the climate and environmental crises. Several days ago a document, the “GlobalMay Statement,” show ...

Apocalypse Fairly Soon
Originally Posted: 05/18/2012 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

European financial crisis. Paul Krugman looks at the European financial crisis and sees Apocalypse Fairly Soon . Suddenly, it has become easy to see how the euro — that gr ...

Watch: Live Feed of President Obama and World Leaders at G8 Global Food Security Symposium
Originally Posted: 05/18/2012 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security, Advancing Food and Nutrition Security at the 2012 G8 Summit, will begin at 8 a.m. The Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food S ...

Making Money Off the Poor
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Barbara Ehrenreich invetigates the growing practice of businesses and government making money off of the poorest in society. Barbara Ehrenreich  invetigates the growing practic ...

Income Inequality Talk Too Hot For TED
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

The  National Journal' s  Jim Tankersley  writes: There’s one idea, though, that TED’s organizers recently decided was too controversial to spread: the notion that widening income inequality is a bad thing for America, and that as a re ...

An Election Between the 1 percent and the 99 percent?
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

For The Nation, Ari Berman argues that President Obama must hold Wall Street accountable. For  The Nation ,  Ari Berman  argues that President Obama must hold Wall Street ...

Is Hope the Key to Tackling Poverty?
Originally Posted: 05/15/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

In the latest edition of The Economist, a new theory on how to tackle poverty: offer hope. In the latest edition of  The Economist , a new theory on how to tackle poverty: o ...

Tony Perkins Says Government "Crowding Out" Anti-Poverty Nonprofits
Originally Posted: 05/15/2012 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council says government is wrong way to handle poverty. In a heated discussion with  MSNBC 's  Martin Bashir , Tony Perkins of the ...

Voters See Brighter Future for Economy
Originally Posted: 05/15/2012 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

The Hill reports on a new poll focussing on the country's economic prospects. The Hill  reports on a new poll focussing on the country's economic prospects: ...

Bishops Assess Budget
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. Catholic Bishops weighed in on the budget again yesterday. A letter signed by Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and sent to Members of the ...

Mother's Week: Undervaluing Women
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

For most of the other 364 days of the year, the lives of women and mothers are undervalued. There is a beautiful story that some Christians have learned to tell about motherhood. ...

Congressman: Food Stamps 'Enslave' People
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

Over at Think Progress, Scott Keys reports on Rep. Allen West's latest comments. Over at  Think Progress ,  Scott Keys  reports on Rep. Allen West's latest comme ...

David Brooks on 'The Structural Revolution'
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

David Brooks examines what he perceives as the coming 'structural revolution' in the global economy. For the  International Herald Tribune  yesterday,  David Broo ...

Borrowing Increases Dramatically
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

Andrew Leonard examines the latest consumer borrowing figures for Salon.   Andrew Leonard  examines the latest consumer borrowing figures for  Salon : "Consu ...

It's Getting Better to Be a Mother in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

For USA Today, Michelle Healy analyzes a new report on the state of motherhood around the globe. For  USA Today ,  Michelle Healy  analyzes a new report on the state of mo ...

Why the Economy Is Where It Is
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

Why are advanced economies so seemingly immune to correct diagnosis and prescription?   Jared Bernstein  of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities takes a look at the e ...

Ph.D. in One Hand, Food Stamps in the Other
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

The Huffington Post reports on the drastic rise in the number of people with advanced degrees who are also reliant on government welfare. The Huffington Post  reports on th ...

Why Getting money Out of Politics is Good for Business
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

Motions on the ballots at the annual meetings of Bank of America and 3M will act as referenda on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case. From  Newsweek M ...

Making Better Use of Food Stamps
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

On the Politico opinion pages, Jason Ackerman examines how food assistance programs could be better utilized. On the  Politico  opinion pages,  Jason Ackerman  examines ho ...

Will We Be Able to Afford Medicare?
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Yes, I know that health-care costs have spiraled out of control. Yes, I understand that the government will not be able to afford Medicare much longer, especially since the ratio of workers to retired people h ...

Graduate from Harvard, MIT... for Free?
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

The Boston Globe reports on a new partnership between Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: The Boston Globe reports on a new partnership between ...

Why Fixing the Economy is Easier Than We Think
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Paul Krugman talks about his new book, and why fixing the economy is easier than we think. In an interview with  Rolling Stone ,  Paul K ...

Pentagon Gains as Billions Cut from Poverty Programs
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

From  Politico : American soldiers learned the hard way not to walk down enemy trails in Vietnam — and certainly not twice. But here come the House Republicans, marching into the sunlight by shifting billions from poverty programs to the Pent ...

Occupy Wall Street Lives!
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

In Lower Manhattan Tuesday evening, there were people everywhere -- mainly white folks, but still diverse; lots of young people but with a significant number of non-young people. And there was a spirit of hope ...

Cornell West and Tavis Smiley on America's New Working Poor
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

From  Salon  yesterday: Last Friday, the U.S. Government announced that 7.2 percent of Americans in the labor force earn so little that they are living in poverty. Reuters noted that the percentage of the working poor is the highest in at lea ...

Colbert Catholics: Father Thomas Reese on Ryan's "Deeply Christian" Budget
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

Georgetown University's Father Thomas Reese finds discrepancies between Catholic doctrine and Paul Ryan's fiscal ministry. "As Jesus said, 'Tough love your ...

May Day and the Occupation
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 11:35am | Type: Blog

Today is May Day – an historic day of protest and action for the working class. This year, in light of the Occupy movement, many are hopeful of the resurgence this day can bring in the fight for national again ...

Not Worth the Gamble
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 9:57am | Type: Magazine Article

Phil Blackwell Internet sales of lottery tickets are shortsighted and wrong. PEOPLE GAMBLE—always have, and a ...

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When a City Can't Afford an Election
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

Apart from the state of public discourse and apathy concerns of the weary voter, another issue is creeping up that could pose a problem for potential turnout—money. If the GOP pr ...

Wendell Berry Earns Highest Humanities Award, Lectures on Economy and Imagination
Originally Posted: 04/24/2012 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

On Monday evening, Wendell Berry delivered the 41 st annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, sponsored by the National Endowment of the Humanities, at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. According to the NEH, this is “the most prestigio ...

Grace on Wall Street
Originally Posted: 04/24/2012 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

Amidst the myriad reasons to be anxious in the morning, we recognize that we are alive for a reason – thanks to mercy and grace – and that the path we are to walk each day is one that serves a higher purpose. ...

Plowshares into Swords
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the House Agriculture Committee cut $33 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps). Under a mandate from the budget resolution pa ...

Catholic Bishops Say Ryan Budget Fails Moral Test
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

A week after House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan claimed his Catholic faith inspired the Republicans' cost-cutting budget plan, the nation’s Catholic bishops reiterated their demand that the federal ...

Ryan Budget is a Present-Day 'Hunger Games'
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

The Catholic Bishops have now come out with their concerns about the Ryan budget and how it abandons the poor and the hungry. Melissa Boteach of Half-in-Ten —the campaign to cu ...

Bless These Shrimps: Faith, Fishing and Gulf Coast Restoration
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

For many years, communities of faith have provided a safety net to fisher families impacted by bad seasons or disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the BP spill. They have also seen firsthand the vital connecti ...

Emancipation Day
Originally Posted: 04/16/2012 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

One-hundred and fifty years ago, April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Emancipation Act, freeing more than 3,000 slaves within its borders. Tod ...

Lobbyists Spend A Lot of Money to Make Your Taxes Confusing
Originally Posted: 04/16/2012 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

I finished up my taxes last night. I didn’t think much of the hour I spent on the phone with my dad making sure I filed correctly. Taxes are always complicated, right? Well, maybe that’s because the folks at Intuit (the publishers of TurboTax) want t ...

Catholic Leaders Say Rep. Paul Ryan Distorting Church Teaching
Originally Posted: 04/13/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

In response to Rep. Paul Ryan’s recent comments justifying the Republican budget plan on Catholic grounds, 60 prominent Catholic leaders today released a statement saying his claims “profoundly distort” Cathol ...

WATER: Clear Gold in the Desert
Originally Posted: 04/11/2012 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

How much water have you used today? You probably took a shower, used your toilet, brushed your teeth, maybe boiled some for a cup of tea of coffee, not to mention being well on the way to the 64 ounces of wat ...

Where Do Our Tax Dollars Go?
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

If you’re finishing your income tax return this week, here’s some food for thought. If you’re finishing your income tax return this week, here’s some food for thought.  The ...

Obama on Republican Budget: 'Social Darwinism'
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

In a lunchtime speech today before hundreds of reporters and editors attending  the annual meeting of the Associated Press, President Obama launched an attack on the House Republican budget passed last week.  “Disguised as a deficit reduction plan, ...

A Mile in Your Shoes
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joel C. Hunter We need to build understanding as well as skills to break the cycle of poverty, because our obligation as Christians is no ...

Banking For the Rest of Us
Originally Posted: 04/10/2012 - 9:30am | Type: Magazine Article

and 2007, the number of banks in the U.S. fell from about 14,000 to 7,000, as smaller banks were bought up, ...

April 2012 Sojourners Magazine
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