Zachary Stickney

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The Poverty Line -- A False Target

Growing up in poor neighborhoods and then running social service programs for 20 years, I heard countless stories about millions of people living in poverty. The percent of those in poverty never seems to change much, hovering around 15 percent, or more, of our population. The poor are depicted as …

Poverty Shrinks Brains from Birth

The stress of growing up poor can hurt a child’s brain development starting before birth, research suggests—and even very small differences in income …

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President Obama's Long-Awaited Immigration Decree

Republicans are crying overreach, but how will the public react to a plan to shield millions from deportation?<p>Ending what seemed like an eternity of suspense, President Obama will announce the executive action he's taking on immigration in a prime-time White House address on Thursday …

St. Louis County Police Chief Defends Aggressive Response To Ferguson Protests

CLAYTON, Mo. -- The head of the Saint Louis County Police, who oversaw the crackdown on protests in nearby Ferguson shortly after a teenager was shot and killed by a police officer there, is defending the way his officers used military-style equipment even during peaceful daytime protests.<p>Chief Jon …

Exposing the great 'poverty reduction' lie | US & Canada

The received wisdom comes to us from all directions: Poverty rates are declining and extreme poverty will soon be eradicated. The World Bank, the governments of wealthy countries, and - most importantly - the United Nations Millennium Campaign all agree on this narrative. Relax, they tell us. The …

Last Hiroshima A-bomb crewman dies

Theodore 'Dutch' Van Kirk, the navigator aboard B-29 bomber Enola Gay that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, has died aged 93<p>The last surviving member of the US crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died.<p>Theodore VanKirk died on Monday of natural causes at the retirement home …

Iranian mother who spared her son's killer: 'Vengeance has left my heart'

The idea she might pardon her son's killer first came to Samereh Alinejad in a dream. It was a message she didn't want to hear.<p>Abdollah Hosseinzadeh was stabbed and killed in a street brawl in the autumn of 2007 when he was only 18. He had known his killer, Balal. The two, barely out of their teens …

The right’s Ayn Rand hypocrisy: Why their “religious” posture is a total sham

<b>Ayn Rand (AP)</b><p>Conservatives booted atheists from CPAC, but love a raging anti-Christian. The reason has to do with economic greed<p>Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig<p>February 28, 2014 12:45pm (UTC)<p>Earlier this week, CNN reported that American Atheists, an advocacy group for atheists and atheism, would have a …

Obama speech highlights gap between his goals and his resources

WASHINGTON — President Obama's sixth speech on the state of the union spotlighted many issues, but more than anything it illuminated the vast gap between his policy ambitions and the tools he has to achieve them.<p>The president made the ambition clear last month, when he referred to a "dangerous and …

South Sudan Faces Uphill Struggle for a Longer-Term Peace

The temporary truce signed on Thursday by South Sudanese politicians may have halted hostilities that, according to United Nations and humanitarian …

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Robert Reich: David Brooks is full of it

The former secretary of labor dismantles the Times columnist’s ideas about the “social problems of the poor”<p>Robert Reich<p>January 22, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.<p>Occasionally David Brooks, who personifies the oxymoron "conservative thinker" better than anyone I …