‘We Were Left With Nothing.’ Argentina’s Misery Deepens in the Pandemic.

The economy contracted by nearly 10 percent last year, and the country faces a reckoning with the I.M.F. over $45 billion in debts.

#argentina, #blackrock-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #fernandez-alberto-1959, #georgieva-kristalina-ivanova, #inflation-economics, #international-monetary-fund, #international-trade-and-world-market, #macri-mauricio, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #recession-and-depression, #united-states

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Covid-19 Pushes India’s Middle Class Toward Poverty

The pandemic sent 32 million people in India from the middle class last year. Now a second wave is threatening the dreams of millions more looking for a better life.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #income-inequality, #india, #labor-and-jobs, #poverty, #shutdowns-institutional, #unemployment, #wages-and-salaries

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How New Mexico Became the State With the Highest Rate of Full Vaccinations

New Mexico, which has one of the highest poverty rates in the U.S., is a vaccination pacesetter thanks to decisive political decisions, homegrown technology and cooperation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #grisham-michelle-lujan, #native-americans, #new-mexico, #poverty, #vaccination-and-immunization

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A Novel Effort to See How Poverty Affects Young Brains

An emerging branch of neuroscience asks a question long on the minds of researchers. Recent stimulus payments make the study more relevant.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #brain, #children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #poverty, #research

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Biden Plots a Revolution for America’s Children

National pre-K and affordable day care don’t have to be a dream.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #poverty, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A New Child Benefit Could Help Poor Women Stay Home. So What?

Even some liberals are wrongly worried about a no-strings child credit in the Biden rescue plan.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #poverty, #romney-mitt, #single-mothers, #wages-and-salaries, #welfare-us, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #work-life-balance

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Poverty as a Proxy for Race in Voter Suppression

Because Black people vote overwhelmingly for Democrats, Republicans don’t want as many Black people to vote.

#black-people, #discrimination, #minorities, #poverty, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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‘Living Paycheck to Paycheck, Living Diaper to Diaper’

Diaper need causes more anxiety than food or housing insecurity for some mothers.

#babies-and-infants, #baby-foods, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diapers, #food, #parenting, #poverty, #toilet-training

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Raise the Federal Minimum Wage or Abolish It?

It has stagnated at $7.25 an hour for more than a decade. Is upping the minimum wage to $15 the best way to fight poverty?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #food-stamps, #minimum-wage, #poverty, #universal-basic-income

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Small Piece of the Stimulus Has Ambitious Aim of Saving Mothers’ Lives

The expansion of Medicaid is an effort to address the highest maternal death rate among wealthy nations.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #black-people, #maternal-mortality, #poverty, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #stimulus-economic, #united-states, #women-and-girls

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How Shifting Politics Re-energized the Fight Against Poverty

The pandemic and a set of other economic and social forces changed the calculation for Democrats when it comes to government aid. The question now is how long the moment will last.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #brown-sherrod, #clinton-bill, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deese-brian-c-1978, #hewitt-hugh, #poverty, #rouse-cecilia-e, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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Joe Biden Knew He Was Onto Something Long Before We Did

The advent of Covid-19 changed his conception of the presidency for the better.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-depression-1930s, #liberalism-us-politics, #poverty, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden, Champion of Middle Class, Comes to Aid the Poor

President Biden’s new role as a crusader for Americans in poverty is an evolution for a politician who has focused on the working class and his Senate work on the judiciary and foreign relations.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #income-inequality, #poverty, #recession-and-depression, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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What Can Biden’s Plan Do for Poverty? Look to Bangladesh.

As that nation turns 50, its surprising success offers lessons about investing in the most marginalized.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #bangladesh, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #education-k-12, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #united-states, #united-states-economy

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In the Stimulus Bill, a Policy Revolution in Aid for Children

The $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package moving through Congress advances an idea that Democrats have been nurturing for decades: establishing a guaranteed income for families with children.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #georgia, #house-of-representatives, #income-inequality, #income-tax, #parenting, #poverty, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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Treasury to Invest $9 Billion in Minority Communities

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is making Community Development Financial Institutions central to achieving an inclusive economy.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-reserve-bank-of-new-york, #minorities, #poverty, #treasury-department, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yellen-janet-l

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Mexican Women Are Fed Up and López Obrador Doesn’t Get It

Mexico’s president is supporting a candidate accused of rape. Women may need to give up on him.

#lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #morena, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #salgado-macedonio-felix, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls

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Put Working Families at the Front of the Line for Help

A policy that sustains people in joblessness is not ultimately anti-poverty.

#income, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #poverty, #republican-party, #romney-mitt, #unemployment, #welfare-us

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Too Much Choice Is Hurting America

Learning from subprime, health care and electricity.

#conservatism-us-politics, #electric-light-and-power, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #income-inequality, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #poverty, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #subprime-mortgage-crisis, #texas

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Mitt Romney Has a Plan, and Joe Biden Should Borrow From It

Child poverty requires a permanent fix.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #federal-aid-us, #poverty, #united-states-economy

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Where a Vaccination Campaign Faces Skepticism, War and Corruption

A half-million doses arrived this month in Afghanistan, where many insist the virus isn’t real and vaccines aren’t needed. Those who want the vaccine fear that only the well-connected will receive it.

#afghanistan, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corruption-institutional, #india, #poverty, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #taliban, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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Biden’s Is Going Big, and Americans Are With Him

The long-awaited blue wave will come from policy that takes care of people.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #covidien-plc, #democratic-party, #poverty, #the-emerging-democratic-majority-book

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‘There’s No Natural Dignity in Work’

Punishing mothers for needing help cannot be the answer. A generous child allowance might be.

#child-care, #poverty, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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New Zealand to Roll Out Free Period Products to All Students

The program, designed to reduce “period poverty,” will begin in June.

#ardern-jacinda, #education, #menstruation, #new-zealand, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #women-and-girls

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The Plot to Help America’s Children

And what we can learn from right-wing opposition.

#children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #federal-taxes-us, #poverty, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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Why Does Louisiana Consistently Lead the Nation in Murders?

It has problems common to several Southern states, like a high rate of poverty, but also an inheritance of violence.

#crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #firearms, #gun-control, #louisiana, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-orleans-la, #poverty, #prisons-and-prisoners, #southern-states-us

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How a Minimum-Wage Increase Is Being Felt in a Low-Wage City

Is $15 an hour too much, or not enough? Fresno, Calif., may be a laboratory for a debate over the minimum wage that is heating up on the national level.

#california, #fresno-calif, #income, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #minimum-wage, #poverty, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #restaurants, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

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A Year of Hardship, Helped and Hindered by Washington

For Kathryn Stewart, a struggling single mother in Michigan, the past year showed how much safety net programs can help — and how the nation’s fickleness about them can add confusion and uncertainty to fear and worry.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #food-insecurity, #mcconnell-mitch, #pelosi-nancy, #poverty, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Can Biden Save Americans Like My Old Pal Mike?

A childhood friend’s deadly mistakes prompt reflection on our country’s — and my own.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #democratic-party, #homeless-persons, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #mental-health-and-disorders, #minimum-wage, #oregon, #poverty, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries, #yamhill-ore

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Minimum Wage Hike Would Help Poverty but Cost Jobs, Budget Office Says

The Congressional Budget Office said raising the federal minimum wage to $15 would also increase the deficit, potentially helping the proposal’s prospects of being included in relief legislation.

#congressional-budget-office, #federal-budget-us, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #minimum-wage, #poverty, #sanders-bernard, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

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Crisis Spurs Congress Toward Big Measures to Lift Families From Poverty

Lawmakers, including at least one Republican, are focused on providing monthly payments to help families with children make ends meet.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #food-insecurity, #house-of-representatives, #labor-and-jobs, #poverty, #republican-party, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Democrats to Unveil Up to $3,600 Child Tax Credit as Part of Stimulus Bill

The credit would send monthly payments to millions of Americans under certain income thresholds for a year starting in July.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #families-and-family-life, #house-of-representatives, #internal-revenue-service, #law-and-legislation, #poverty, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #taxation, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yellen-janet-l

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Pandemic’s Toll on Housing: Falling Behind, Doubling Up

Eviction moratoriums don’t keep arrears from piling up, and aid to renters may not reach the most vulnerable.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evictions, #federal-aid-us, #landlords, #law-and-legislation, #nonprofit-organizations, #poverty, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #united-states

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In Afghanistan, a Booming Kidney Trade Preys on the Poor

Widespread poverty and an ambitious private hospital are helping to fuel an illegal market — a portal to new misery for the country’s most vulnerable.

#afghanistan, #herat-afghanistan, #kidneys, #poverty, #taliban, #transplants

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Biden’s Economic Plan Is Set to Clear a Senate Hurdle

Democrats agreed to limit direct checks for high earners but rejected several Republican amendments to a budget resolution key to passing the president’s $1.9 trillion rescue plan.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #minimum-wage, #poverty, #republican-party, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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We Are a Nation of Child Abusers

But Biden has offered a way to reduce child poverty by half. That would be transformative.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #house-of-representatives, #poverty, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Helping Kids Is a Very Good Idea

Republicans won’t support the Democrats’ proposal, but they should.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #families-and-family-life, #federal-budget-us, #poverty, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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If Poor Countries Go Unvaccinated, a Study Says, Rich Ones Will Pay

A failure to distribute the Covid-19 vaccine in poor nations will worsen economic damage, with half the costs borne by wealthy countries, new research shows.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-chamber-of-commerce, #international-trade-and-world-market, #poverty, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Suriname Could Be Latest Big Oil Find as Industry Cuts Costs

The small South American country has become a hot prospect for oil companies looking to produce fossil fuels while spending less.

#apache-corp, #brazil, #drilling-and-boring, #exxon-mobil-corp, #guyana, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #petronas-petroliam-nasional-berhad, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #production, #royal-dutch-shell-plc, #south-america, #suriname, #total-sa

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A Message From Martin Luther King Jr.’s Son

If he saw the issues of poverty and income inequality that exist today, he would be greatly disappointed.

#black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #discrimination, #income-inequality, #king-martin-luther-jr, #poverty, #race-and-ethnicity

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When Biden Becomes … Rooseveltian!

Using a crisis to reduce child poverty and make America more truly a land of opportunity.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-insecurity, #great-depression-1930s, #income-inequality, #new-deal-1930s, #poverty, #recession-and-depression, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Disabled Americans Are Losing a Lifeline

Biden can help.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #poverty, #social-security-us, #social-security-administration, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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Under Attack, Andrew Yang Explains His Family’s Escape From NY

Andrew Yang said that his family decided to leave the city during the pandemic in part to help his autistic son “adapt to our new normal.”

#elections-mayors, #new-paltz-ny, #new-york-city, #poverty, #primaries-and-caucuses, #shutdowns-institutional, #yang-andrew-1975

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Biden Picks Dr. Nunez-Smith to Lead Health Equity Task Force

Appointed head of the incoming administration’s task force on health equity, the Yale University scientist “is not sitting in her ivory tower.”

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hispanic-americans, #income-inequality, #krumholz-harlan-m, #medicine-and-health, #minorities, #native-americans, #nunez-smith-marcella, #poverty, #race-and-ethnicity, #st-thomas-virgin-islands, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #yale-university, #your-feed-science

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Starving Children Don’t Cry

For several years, each year was the best in human history. Then 2020 came along.

#africa, #camfed, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #famine, #food-insecurity, #poverty, #vaccination-and-immunization, #yemen

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Jobs, Houses and Cows: China’s Costly Drive to Erase Extreme Poverty

China has spent heavily to help its poorest citizens, an approach that few developing countries can afford and even Beijing may struggle to sustain.

#agriculture-and-farming, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gansu-province-china, #labor-and-jobs, #poverty, #xi-jinping

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The Year We Were Asked to Pick: Your Economy or Your Life

The last 10 months showed us that to curb the spread of the virus, we needed to invest more in our ability to pause the economy.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #gonsalves-gregg-1968, #poverty, #stimulus-economic, #vaccination-and-immunization

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For Covid-19 Vaccines, Some Are Too Rich — and Too Poor

Global inequality is shaping which countries get vaccines first. In South Africa, people’s best chance for vaccines anytime soon is to join an experimental trial.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #medicine-and-health, #poverty, #south-africa, #vaccination-and-immunization

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H. Jack Geiger, Doctor Who Fought Social Ills, Dies at 95

He used medicine to take on poverty, racism and the threat of nuclear destruction. Two groups he helped start won Nobel Peace Prizes.

#black-people, #boston-mass, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #geiger-h-jack, #medicine-and-health, #mississippi, #nobel-prizes, #poverty

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Pastor, Can White Evangelicalism Be Saved?

A conversation about Christmas and faith’s role in building a “beloved community.”

#bible, #christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #food-insecurity, #poverty, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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