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Rep. Paul Ryan misused data to show poverty programs don’t work, say economists he cited

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) misrepresented or misunderstood the data he cited in his exhaustive critique of the federal safety net, said some of the economists he cited in his 204-page report. The former vice presidential candidate relied heavily on academic research for his report, “The War On Poverty: 50 Years…

U.S. ‘lower class’ booming even as poverty rate holds steady

US poverty rate steady at 15 percent, but ‘lower class’ is booming (via The Christian Science Monitor) A group of boys walk past a partially collapsed row house in Baltimore in April. According to new census data, the nation’s poverty rate stood still at 15 percent in 2012, the sixth…