Poverty
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Failing freshman economics

Poverty
by Andrew Branch
Posted 8/28/13, 02:50 pm

Mostly fact: Americans have not seen substantive wage increases in years. Mostly fiction: The Economic Policy Institute’s report, “A Decade of Flat Wages,” released Aug. 21. 

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Photo by Love Wins, via Facebook

Raleigh police block biscuits for the homeless

Poverty
by Andrew Branch
Posted 8/26/13, 04:04 pm

Raleigh, N.C.—The city of Raleigh made headlines for the wrong reasons this weekend after police officers allegedly threatened to arrest people for feeding the homeless in a city square.

Love Wins, a Christian charity, set up in Moore Square Saturday morning to hand out biscuits and coffee, as it has for six years on days soup kitchens are closed. With 70 people in line, police allegedly told the workers if they handed out food, they would go to jail.

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Poster-children, poverty, and politics

Poverty
by Andrew Branch
Posted 8/13/13, 01:45 pm

Personal stories connect subjects to readers in ways that statistics can’t by themselves—but with 47 million faces to choose from in examining food stamp use, it’s easy to let anecdotes spin the facts.

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