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Understanding of poverty

From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Poverty in the United States in 2017: In Brief. David Brady (UC-Riverside): Theories of the Causes of Poverty. Americans want to believe jobs are the solution to poverty — they’re not. Social Security, food stamps, and other programs kept 44 million people out of poverty last year. What are the biggest signs that a community’s children will remain poor? David Leonhardt on a one-question quiz on the poverty trap. The Poor People’s Campaign calls


Paper Trail

CNN filed a lawsuit against the White House yesterday after Jim Acosta’s press pass was revoked last week. The Columbia Journalism Review rounds up opinions on the case from Knight First Amendment Institute director Jameel Jaffer, the New Yorker’s Masha Gessen, and CJR writer Jonathan Peters. “When a political leader puts journalists in a position

Syllabi

Outrageous Clarity: The Fictions of Amélie Nothomb

Charlotte ShaneWith Amélie Nothomb’s latest, Strike Your Heart, the Francophone author of twenty-five books seems to have finally found some of the American attention she deserves. (I’m basing this assessment in part

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The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason

In October 2004, the comedian Jon Stewart appeared on CNN’s debate show Crossfire and confronted hosts Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson with the charge that their program was “hurting America” and that Carlson was “a dick.” Two years later, at the 2006 White House

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Sarah Schulman

Sarah Schulman is a native New Yorker, an activist, and, although I'm not sure she would apply the label to herself, a profound philosopher on social relations and blame, All of these streams flow into her recent novel Maggie Terry, a literary detective story about a former NYPD officer struggling with addiction, a tough case, and her ex-partner's theft of her daughter, In a compressed time frame of a few days, Maggie, fresh out of rehab, both loses and finds her place in the new New York.

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Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"

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Extralife

Jessica Hopper

Saturday was the Hold Steady video. It is a good thing not all one hundred people showed up because we had room for about thirty-three total. People later said they did not show because filming video is waiting around for twenty hours to act fake-excited in one-minute spurts.

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