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Hunger in the News: Fewer Americans Blame Poverty on the Poor; Child Migrant Crisis

A regular, non-comprehensive roundup of current news links on hunger and poverty issues from around the Web.

"Poll: Fewer Americans Blame Poverty on the Poor," by Seth Freed Wessler, NBC News. "As millions of Americans continue to struggle in a sluggish economy, a growing portion of the country says that poverty is caused by circumstances beyond individual control, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll."

"How the U.S. compares on income inequality and poverty," by Elizabeth Shell, PBS NewsHour. Based on new data on income inequality. PBS NewsHour takes a look to see how the United States compares against the group’s 33 other countries — and its upcoming World Cup matches.

"Foreign Aid Isn't Charity, It's an Investment," by Charles Kenny, Businessweek. "One of the few bright spots of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill of late has been in global development. The House recently passed a bill to support President Clinton’s Power Africa initiative, which is designed to boost access to electricity access across six countries in the region. Both houses also managed to reauthorize PEPFAR –the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief– which provides antiretrovirals to nearly seven million people worldwide. The U.S. still ranks near the bottom of the list among rich countries in terms of the generosity of its overseas development program, but these two pieces of legislation at least suggest that altruism and fellow feeling have not completely evaporated in Washington. Nonetheless, U.S. foreign assistance –and aid programs the world over—still face a real challenge." 

"Michelle Obama vows again to fight delays in enforcing school-lunch standards," by Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post. First lady Michelle Obama vowed again Wednesday to fight attempts to delay enforcement of school lunch nutrition standards, expressing surprise and regret at proposals in Congress that would allow some school districts to seek waivers from requirements that they offer more healthful fare.

"13 facts that help explain America's child-migrant crisis," by Dara Lind, Vox. "The flow of unaccompanied immigrant children across the US-Mexico border — mostly from Central America — is continuing to gain attention as a humanitarian crisis. So here are 13 things you need to know to get a handle on what is actually going on along the border right now; what process the US has in place to deal with unaccompanied kids; and what the government can do now." 

 

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