The federal government is thinking about implementing a new formula to calculate poverty. The new formula would increase the number of poor from 13.2 percent to 15.8 percent. The striking change comes among the elderly, where under the new measure, 18.7 percent of people 65-years-old and over are under the poverty line. That's 7.1 million Americans and an increase from 9.7 percent.
Herb Sturz, founder of the Vera Institute of Justice, is one of New York’s most overlooked social champions. Sam Roberts talks about his new book that profiles Sturz’s quest to tackle some of society’s toughest problems. Plus, Steve Coll decides to read every single word of the 407-page stimulus bill ...
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