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President Obama and Pope Francis exchange gifts during a private meeting at the Vatican. (AFP PHOTO POOL/ GABRIEL BOUYS)

President Obama And Pope Francis Find Common Ground And Divisions

The two focused publicly on their mutual respect and shared concern for the poor.

03/27/2014

A December economics report finds that nearly half of US families live below 250 percent of the federal poverty level, and more than half (54 percent) of working-age families with children under eighteen earn less than $60,000 each year.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Report: Nearly Half Of US Families With Children Live Below 250 Percent Of Poverty Level

A December economics report finds that nearly half of US families live below 250 percent of the federal poverty level, and more than half (54 percent) of working-age families with children under eighteen earn less than $60,000 each year.

12/04/2013

A homeless man sleeps under an American Flag blanket on a park bench on Sept. 10, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Census Measure: Number Of Poor People In US 3 Million Higher Than Official Count Of 46.5 Million

The number of poor people in America is 3 million higher than the official count, encompassing 1 in 6 residents due to out-of-pocket medical costs and work-related expenses, according to a revised census measure released Wednesday.

11/06/2013

About 46.5 million people, or more than 1 in 7, were in poverty in 2012. That is not statistically different from 2011. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Census: More Than 1 In 7 Americans In Poverty, Unchanged Since 2011

About 46.5 million people, or more than 1 in 7, were in poverty in 2012. That is not statistically different from 2011.

09/17/2013

Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

AP Poll: 4 In 5 US Adults Struggle With Poverty, Joblessness

Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.

07/28/2013

An American flag hangs over the New York Stock Exchange (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Help Shrinks As Poverty Spikes In The US

Antonio Hammond is the $18,000 man. He’s a success story for Catholic Charities of Baltimore, one of a multitude of organizations trying to haul people out of poverty in this Maryland port city where one of four residents is considered poor by U.S. government standards.

04/01/2013

File photo of a soup kitchen. (credit: Getty Images)

Census: U.S. Poverty Rate Spikes, Nearly 50 Million Americans Affected

As President Barack Obama is set to begin his second term, new statistics on America’s poverty rate indicate that nearly 50 million Americans, more than 16 percent of the population, are struggling to survive.

11/15/2012

Mitt Romney (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

Opinion: Romney Denigrates 47% Not Paying Taxes As He Uses Loopholes Trying To Do The Same

Mitt Romney, if you want to talk about mooches and freeloaders that take advantage of the system then grow a spine and show America your tax returns. Let’s see what you really pay as a percentage. Let’s see what deductions you take. Let’s see how addicted to federal benefits you are.

09/21/2012

A view of a home in Deposit, New York. The Southern Tier of New York, an area which borders Pennsylvania and is predominately rural, has been struggling for decades with both high unemployment and chronic levels of poverty. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

US Poverty On Track To Rise To Highest Since 1960s

The ranks of America’s poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century. That means gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s are being erased amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.

07/22/2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at Somers Furniture on May 29, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nev. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Romney: US Not Fulfilling Its Duties In Helping Poor

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says the government has “a moral commitment” to help every American help themselves. But he says that, right now, the country isn’t fulfilling its duties.

06/07/2012

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