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How Republicans love poor people

UPDATED 7/30/2014: Republicans care about poor people! Yes, they do, and to prove it, Paul Ryan (R-WI) is proposing a poverty plan. His plan comes just in time for the 2014 election campaign, and maybe also in time to feature in a 2016 presidential bid. Unlike FDR’s New Deal or LBJ’s War on Poverty, however, this is a plan that will make more people poorer. Paul Ryan loves poor people so much that he wants more of them!

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25 years of counting kids: Income, race and inequality

Some 25 years ago, the Annie E. Casey Foundation began an annual, in-depth report on the well-being of children in the United States. The 2014 report shows our accomplishments — and our shameful failures. The area of education shows both.

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How many journalists does it take?

How many journalists does it take to change a light bulb?

“We just report the facts, we don’t change them.”

I don’t believe that for a minute.

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No break for taxi drivers: New deal helps companies, not cabbies

The Minneapolis city council’s new regulations for Lyft, Uber, and the city’s cab companies offer legalization for the transnational, multimillion-dollar Uber and Lyft “Transportation Network Companies,” some breaks to the city’s taxi companies, and next to nothing for hard-working taxi drivers.

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Rejecting Central American refugees — 1980s to 2014

During the 1980s, hundreds of thousands of Central American refugees arrived in the United States. Like the child refugees fleeing Central America in 2014, they were met with hostility, rejection and deportation. Though entitled to protection under international law, the Central American refugees of the 1980s and the child refugees today do not receive that protection in fact.

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Five things AP didn't tell you about young immigrants

The plight of tens of thousands of children coming from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala is a political football, with slogans substituting for understanding. On July 9, AP published Young immigrants or refugees: 5 things you need to know — but their list omitted crucial information. Here’s essential information you need to know, but wouldn’t find in the AP article.

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Thinking big and small about the Winona fire

There have been so many recent floods and fires that medieval philosophers––those who believed that fire, water, earth and air were the only four “elements”––must be in their heavens and hells wond

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St. Paul is a river town

The Mississippi with the Robert Street bridge in the background.

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Believe it or not: U.S. education system is working

"Faith in the public schools has been steadily eroding since 1973. But are things really this dismal?" The answer, according to an article in the October 10 Education Week, is a resounding NO. Despite constant criticism and flagging public confidence, schools and students are steadily improving — and the number cited by MetaMetrics, an education research firm, back up their positive conclusion.

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Convicted of a crime? Maybe you CAN vote

After all the hand-wringing about illegal voting, turns out that many people who have been convicted of crimes in Minnesota are still eligible to vote. That's one of several interesting bits of information coming out of Minneapolis city council member Elizabeth Glidden's early morning meeting September 28 on challenges facing individuals with a criminal record, and efforts to create fair hiring opportunities for those who have already served their time (more on that after the jump.)

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