| Sep 2, 2013
| 12:23 PM
NEW DELHI — India passed into law Monday an ambitious program to provide nearly free food to some 800 million Indians. Supporters hailed it as a long-overdue fix for the nation’s rampant poverty, while critics slammed it as a shameless and...
| May 17, 2013
| 1:55 PM
Go to a busy street in your community and count the next 25 adolescents who walk, bike, skateboard, stroll or saunter past. Odds are that two of those 25 kids (8.3% to be exact) would own up to having experienced 14 or more days in the last month that...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 7:44 PM
It’s back to the drawing board as Congress voted against its farm bill Thursday in an unexpected defeat for legislation relied upon to set U.S. food policy. Some conservative Republicans thought the bill didn't curtail enough spending, while many...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 9:09 PM
Let us now praise one of the many legacies that prove that, in addressing its citizens' economic dignity, the America of the Thirties was smarter and more humane than the America of today.
The example at hand is the minimum wage law.
| Jun 14, 2013
| 9:24 PM
As a member of Congress, Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) is proud to stand up for the principles of limited government and individual responsibility.
The first-term congressman expresses skepticism about such safety-net programs as food stamps, regarding...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 3:23 PM
A day after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Health Department went to court to defend its proposed cap on the sale of super-sized sodas, a published study has offered evidence that Bloomberg's plan would reduce average calorie intake among those...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 1:57 PM
A new report on the senior population found a majority of elderly women, blacks and Latinos are precariously close to poverty, according to the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute report released Thursday.
The report comes as lawmakers are considering...
| May 8, 2013
| 6:47 PM
California has the highest number of working poor families in the nation, but the state does an ineffective job of providing educational opportunities to boost them out of poverty, according to a new report released Wednesday.
The report, Working Hard,...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 8:22 PM
Telana Starks was watching her niece play in a sandbox Monday afternoon in Lafayette Park when I asked if she was following the presidential campaign. She said she hadn't really been paying any attention, which was interesting because the candidates...
| Nov 3, 2012
Why do many poor people spend money in ways that seem to squander their already limited resources, like buying lottery tickets? It's not necessarily that they're less savvy about financial matters, but a lack of funds appears to affect the way people...
| Nov 17, 2012
| 4:58 PM
Some people are pretty good at being stuck in traffic. They gab on the phone, listen to music, chalk up the inconvenience as inevitable.
Generally speaking, I sweat, curse and think miserable thoughts. And I'm on the road a lot, which has...