Poverty

What a dollar buys, where

Poverty | Poverty is real, but it's also relative
by Timothy Lamer
Posted 3/14/09, 12:00 am

Poverty is real, but it's also relative. A person living in poverty in the United States, for example, typically has far more material possessions than a person living in poverty in Europe.

Wealth within the United States is also relative. Several media outlets have noted that recent Census statistics show the suburbs around Washington, D.C., emerging as the wealthiest places in the nation. The three wealthiest counties are all in the Washington area, as are 14 of the richest 100 counties. Loudoun County, Va., tops the list with a median household income of $107,207.

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Handouts

Ending poverty-fighting as we know it

Poverty | Christians left and right lobby Obama administration to make war on poverty
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/14/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Scene: A small, Las-Vegas-chapel-size room at the National Press Club. Witnesses: A dozen reporters and a bank of cameras. Date: Feb. 17. Occasion: An unlikely and awkward wedding between left and right activists and analysts such as Michael Gerson, former speechwriter and adviser to President George W. Bush, and Sojourners president Jim Wallis, loud critic of Bush and his faith-based initiatives.

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Iron fist of change

Poverty | D.C.
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/14/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The nation's capital is a city accustomed to centralized power, not only because of federal authority but through a history of heavyweight mayors like Marion Barry, mayor for four terms beginning in 1979. "He may not be perfect, but he's perfect for D.C.," went a campaign slogan for Barry, convicted of cocaine use in 1990.

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