Tue September 18, 2012
Planet Money

The 47 Percent, In One Graphic

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 5:25 pm

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Mitt Romney's comments regarding the 47 percent of Americans who pay no income tax is getting lots of attention today. Our colleague Mark Memmott explains the context.

Here's a closer look at the numbers.

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Thu September 13, 2012
Around the Nation

Can Marriage Save Single Mothers From Poverty?

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 12:05 pm

New census figures showing a link between single motherhood and poverty have some analysts touting marriage as a means to curb poverty. But others say it's not so simple.

Newly released census figures show a long-standing and glaring contrast: A third of families headed by single mothers are in poverty, and they are four times more likely than married-couple families to be poor. The disparity is on the rise, and as the number of single mothers grows, analysts are debating if more marriages could mean less poverty.

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Wed September 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Poverty Rate Remains Flat, Says Census Bureau

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 5:27 pm

In 2011, the poverty rate in the United States remained steady and the number of uninsured Americans decreased, the Census Bureau said today. That means that more than 46 million Americans lived below the poverty line last year.

NPR's Pam Fessler filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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Wed September 12, 2012

Poverty Numbers Hold Steady, but Median Income Drops in West

Aaron Creative Commons

The U.S. Census bureau is reporting that the number of Americans in poverty held steady at 15 percent between 2010 and 2011. However, real median income of households in the West declined by 4.1 percent, marking the fourth consecutive annual decline in the region.

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Tue August 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Attacks President On Welfare; Obama Team Alleges Hypocrisy

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 4:02 pm

President Bill Clinton signs welfare reform legislation into law on Aug. 22, 1996.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

(Revised and updated @ 5:55 pm ET)

In an attack likely to conjure up for many President Reagan's successful use of Cadillac-driving welfare queens as an issue in presidential politics, Mitt Romney's campaign accused President Obama of using his power to weaken work requirements for welfare recipients.

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