Jia Tolentino Talks to Samantha Irby About 'Trick Mirror'
The New Yorker staff writer discusses her unpublished first novel, and why Americans are perennially obsessed with a good scam.
The Trump Administration Admits Its Change to SNAP Eligibility Could Worsen Food Insecurity for Millions of People
The rule would slash benefits for those families that do not quite meet the program's poverty threshold, but are still food insecure.
How Trump's Latest Crackdown on Public Benefits Fits Into His Immigration Plans
A new memo could have a chilling effect on both family-based immigration and participation in public-benefit programs.
As More Americans Are Being Lifted Out of Poverty, the Racial Wealth Gap Persists
An annual Federal Reserve Board report found that more Americans are financially secure in 2018. Most of them are white.
Experts Have Wanted to Update the Poverty Line for Years—but Not the Way Trump Is Planning to Do It
Amid attacks on several food security programs from the Trump administration, this proposed change could ignite yet another debate about where we draw the line.
Florida's Medicaid Work Requirements Will Eliminate the Program for the Very Poor
A federal judge struck down work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky, but Republican state legislatures continue to pursue them around the country.
Can Community Investment Trusts Help Slow Down Gentrification?
A new real-estate development in East Portland, Oregon, might provide a model for the rest of the country.
Striking Teachers Won, but Are School-Funding Gains Sustainable and Equitable?
Without higher taxes, and redistribution of funding to poorer districts, #RedforEd victories in Arizona, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and West Virginia may be short-lived.
Tax Breaks Are a Politically Palatable Way to Reduce Inequality
New research finds that race-related resistance toward social spending is reduced when programs feature tax credits rather than handouts.
Non-White School Districts Get $23 Billion Less Funding Than White Ones
A new report finds that funding gaps between white and non-white districts persist across all poverty levels.
Violent Anti-Government Protests in Haiti (in Photos)
The ongoing protests, which have claimed at least nine lives, have been characterized by tire burning, road blockages, and violent crime.
Beside a Vast Graveyard, a New City Rises in Haiti
Haiti's earthquake shattered several cities, but it also birthed another.
A Universal Basic Income Might Hurt Poor People More Than Help
Research finds that paying for a universal basic income would likely mean cutting welfare, food stamps, and the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Mr. Chen's Mountain: Opulence, Prosperity, and the Ever-Widening Gap Between Rich and Poor
The story of a Chinese billionaire who moved back home, setting his mansion down in the middle of his economically depressed ancestral village.
Childhood Poverty Is Linked to Poorer Cognitive Skills in Old Age
Cognitively speaking, there may be no way to recover from a disadvantaged childhood.
A Massive New Study Puts a Pin in One of the Oldest Myths About Mental Illness
Researchers find that those who have a mental illness are more likely to be the victim of a violent crime.
Intensifying Heat Waves Bring Hidden Expenses—Especially for the Poor and Vulnerable
Some of the poorest people in the U.S. end up spending more than 50 percent of their income on energy over the course of the year.
After President Maduro's Controversial Re-Election, What's Next for Venezuelans?
Amid ongoing tumult and the largest mass migration in Latin American history, Sunday's presidential election provided no relief.