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A damning silence on poverty

Watch any news program since Paul Ryan was selected as Mitt Romney’s running mate, and chances are, you’ll hear all about his plan to aggressively alter Medicare.

But watch all those shows back to back, and it’s a good bet you’ll hear barely a whisper about Ryan’s more Draconian proposal to cut an astounding $1.4 trillion from Medicaid, the program relied on by millions of low-income Americans.

NY Daily News on August 29, 2012

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Opinion: Remittances and the International American Dream

Almost 2 million young people who entered the United States as children have the opportunity beginning this month to become legal immigrants, fulfilling the aspirations of their families who came to the country without authorization.

National Journal on August 28, 2012

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Analysis Compares African-American Hunger, Poverty with African Nations

A newly-released analysis from Bread for the World explores connections between hunger and poverty in the African-American community to that in Africa. The analysis, titled "Shared History, Shared Experiences: Hunger and Poverty Among African-Americans and Africans," compares hunger and poverty in three African nations to that in U.S. states of similar sizes.

The Washington Informer on August 20, 2012

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Our Fate Is Linked to Helping Others

This is not the time to cut back on international development assistance. For every dollar our government spends, only less than one cent (0.6 cents) is spent on foreign aid. The return on our small foreign aid investment can be measured in the millions of people we are helping throughout the world, and in our country’s economic well-being and national security.

The New York Times on August 15, 2012

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Sister Campbell: Ryan budget ‘antithetical to either scripture or sanity’

Sister Simone Campbell, a Catholic nun and executive director of NETWORK, on Monday blasted Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) over his budget plan.

The Raw Story on August 13, 2012

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MY TAKE — Government has irreplaceable role in helping poor

As our nation’s political leaders continue to debate over how to reduce the deficit, society’s responsibility to poor and hungry people must be given due consideration.

Holland Sentinel on August 8, 2012

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SNAP Faces Potential Billion Dollar Cuts, Could Increase Demand on Local Food Banks

Times are undoubtedly tough, unemployment is high, money is tight and thousands of our neighbors go to bed hungry each night.

Digtriad.com on August 5, 2012

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Capito, McKinley yes on tax bill

West Virginia's delegation to the House of Representatives is split on party lines on the Republican-backed bill extending the Bush-era tax cuts while a coalition of religious leaders criticized the Republican version for its impact on the poor.

Parkersburg News and Sentinel on August 3, 2012

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60 Christian leaders urge lawmakers to help the poor

A coalition of Christian leaders has urged Congress to continue tax credits for the working poor.

NewsNet5.com on August 2, 2012

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Unsure where candidate stands? Check here!

So, you don’t know who should get your vote? Well, there’s always the candidates’ debates. However, should you select the next leader of the free world based on whether he knows how to argue cleverly in public?

Beliefnet.com on August 2, 2012

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Republican Budget Is an Immoral Document

A budget is a moral document. That phrase was coined by the faith community and has become a refrain in the ongoing debates over deficits and budgets. But in this week's House vote on extending the Bush-era tax cuts, we see one more example of the priorities and principles of the broader GOP budget and how they apply to the rich and to the poor. Because of this, we must conclude that the Republican budget is an immoral document -- in the way it treats the poor. I certainly don't believe that all our Republican lawmakers came to Washington to hurt poor people, but it's time for some of them to challenge the dominant forces in their party and face the consequences of such indefensible choices.

Huffington Post on August 2, 2012

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Christian Leaders Blast GOP Tax Bill

A coalition of liberal Christian leaders blasted a GOP budget plan that would extend Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy while slashing key provisions for the poor.

Huffington Post on August 2, 2012

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Farm Groups Want 5-Year Farm Bill, Soon

Only three lobbying groups with interests in farm legislation have told DTN that they definitely favor the proposed legislation that would extend the 2008 farm bill and provide disaster aid, giving rise to rumors that House Republican leadership will be forced to pull the bill Tuesday.

AGFax.com on July 31, 2012

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Religious group seeks ways to end hunger issues in Oklahoma

Making sure all people have adequate food should be a priority for faith communities.

So said members of a group of civic and Christian leaders who plan to gather Aug. 11 to discuss ways to combat hunger in Oklahoma and around the world.

NewsOK on July 28, 2012

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Praying for rain: Atheist critics show how petty and small-minded they’ve become

With the death of the writer Christopher Hitchens, and the withdrawal of Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith, from the front lines into a study of morality and neuroscience, the American atheist movement has a void at the top. A decade ago, atheists were brave, fierce warriors bent on battling conventional wisdom and easy piety. These days, it seems, atheists are petty and small-minded ideologues who regard every expression of public religiosity as a personal affront – not to mention a possible violation of the First Amendment and a sign of rampant idiocy among their fellow citizens.

The Washington Post on July 26, 2012

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PEPFAR's vital role in the fight against AIDS

To a large degree, the International AIDS Conference under way in Washington, DC, is a celebration of life. Yes, the deadly disease continues to loom over our world, with no known cure. But HIV/ AIDS is no longer a death sentence—for those who realize that they have the disease and have access to life saving medicines. After doctors began treating HIV with powerful combinations of antiretroviral drugs in 1996, life expectancies for those infected changed from months to a full, normal span.

The Hill on July 25, 2012

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Protect funding for federal nutrition programs

As members of Bread for the World and volunteers at our local food pantry, we appreciate USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon supporting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps).

The Gazette on July 25, 2012

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Hunger Vigil Says Thanks to Donors, Asks for Support For Food Stamp Funding

The Triad chapter of Bread for the World sponsored a prayer vigil for the hungry.

The vigil at the Department of Social Services gave thanks and prayers for those who have given food to local pantries and to those who are working to fix food stamp software problems.

Digtriad.com on July 25, 2012

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Obama and Romney: Debating the Wrong Issues

The fundamental debate of the 2012 election is nothing new.  The debate of how much power to give the national government goes as far back as the Constitutional Convention of 1787.  The Federalists argued for a real division of power between the national and state governments.  They wanted a centralization of power in a strong national government.  The Anti-Federalists feared a tyrannical national government and argued for greater localized power with stronger state governments.  A stronger national government meant order and uniformity but required higher taxes to support it.  Stronger state governments would protect the rights of the individual by keeping decision making closer to those who would bedirectly impacted by them.

Politic365 on July 21, 2012

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U.S. drought may hit world’s poor the hardest

With more than half of the U.S. under drought conditions, corn and soy farmers are expecting a sharp drop in yields this year. When supplies go down, prices go up – and not just in American supermarkets. David Beckmann of Bread for the World and Brian Fuchs of the National Drought Mitigation Center talk with PBS NewsHour’s Ray Suarez about what drought in the U.S. grain belt might mean for some of the world's poorest people. NewsHour is a partner in the “Food for 9 Billion” project.

Center for Investigative Reporting on July 19, 2012

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