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Obama, Romney Address Poverty in New Videos

Political leaders need to make poverty a priority, a group of Christian political leaders urged Wednesday. On the day that the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual figures on poverty, Circle of Protection announced the release of videos by both of the major parties' presidential candidates, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, addressing poverty.

The Christian Post on September 13, 2012

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What’s in a Lame Duck?

As election season progresses, you are sure to hear more about the lame duck session in Congress. You may be wondering what it all means and why it is relevant to you. 

The Washington Informer on September 10, 2012

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Percentage of Hungry African-Americans Remains

New data recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals that 25.1 percent of African-American households were food insecure in 2011. Food insecure households are those that struggle to put food on the table and often don't know where their next meal will come from. This figure is more than 10 percentage points higher than the overall U.S. food insecurity figure of 14.9 percent.

The Washington Informer on September 6, 2012

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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