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The White House may hand out checks to Americans — or a short-term universal basic income — to soften the blow of coronavirus. Here’...

The administration's announcement comes one day after Senator Mitt Romney publicly called for the government to give US adults each $1,000.
An Occupy Fights Foreclosures demonstrator holds a "Get out of jail free card" placard and mock guillotine as she demonstrates against foreclosure practices at a Wells Fargo Bank on May Day in Los Angeles, California May 1, 2013.

Philanthropy is currently a ‘Band-Aid on the open wound of American poverty’ when it should be tackling larger systematic problems

Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, calls for philanthropy to cure the larger systemic problems of racism, poverty, and injustice.

‘A national scandal:’ AOC says the US is ‘in denial’ about the number of Americans actually living in poverty

"We would have to force ourselves to acknowledge that our systems have failed," Ocasio-Cortez said at a House hearing on measuring poverty.
An estimated one-third of Monaco residents are millionaires.

I spent 5 days in Monaco. Here’s what life looks like in a land so wealthy it doesn’t even track poverty rates.

In Monaco, a tiny city-state on the French Riviera, an estimated one-third of residents are millionaires, and poverty is virtually nonexistent.

The 9 states with the worst homelessness crises reveal how bad the housing crunch has gotten in US cities

States like California and Hawaii have the worst homelessness crises and some of the highest housing costs in the US.

This is what poverty looks like in the US right now

Though poverty has slightly declined in recent years, the Census found that there were 39.7 million people in poverty in the US in 2017.
Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee at a news conference after their Nobel Prize announcement.

2 reasons to pay attention to this year’s Nobel Prize in economics: One of the honorees is only the 2nd woman ever to win it, and the team’...

Esther Duflo, her husband and MIT colleague Abhijit Banerjee, and Harvard's Michael Kremer won the Nobel Prize in economics for their work on poverty.
The state of Texas had five of the top 20 most financially stressed cities in the US (including Dallas, pictured above).

The 20 worst US cities for financial stability

These are the cities where the unemployment rates are high and a jarring number of people spend more than 50% of their income on housing.

US income inequality jumps to highest level ever recorded

While the economy has expanded steadily over the last decade, it has disproportionately benefited some of the wealthiest Americans.

‘Two decades with no progress for the middle class’: New census data shows household income is the same as in 1999

The figures suggested rising inequality has continued to undermine progress during the longest expansion on record.