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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Ron Haskins
Four years after the official end of the U.S. recession, the nation's poverty rate and median household income showed little positive movement in 2012, according to new data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Facing a showdown with congressional Republicans on the federal budget this month, President Obama has seen his economic campaign for the middle class get swamped by media coverage of the crisis in Syria.
One of the nation's most liberal universities has announced it has successfully completed its quest to hire a conservative professor.
President Obama focused much of his State of the Union address on the economy, but he spent roughly a third of his speaking time Tuesday night on a laundry list of issues, including climate change, gun control, immigration and ease of voting.
The first State of the Union address of President Obama's second term is shaping up as a conservative's nightmare come true.
Some 74 family and marriage specialists appealed Tuesday for an end to the fighting over gay marriage, saying both gay and straight marriage-supporters are needed to address the breakdown in America's marriage culture.
Either Washington Times reporter Seth McLaughlin, who wrote "Vet of 1990s welfare shift faults both sides in clash" (Web, Wednesday) is a closet liberal, or he is poorly informed about the political leanings of various think tanks around Washington. Otherwise, he would not have presented the views of a representative of the Brookings Institution (Ron Haskins) as unbiased comments on the dispute between the Democrats and Republicans on the president's rewriting of the welfare reform law.
A former senior House GOP aide who helped write the landmark welfare-to-work laws in the 1990s challenged Mitt Romney's assertion that President Obama's wants to weaken work requirements for welfare recipients — but he also questioned whether the White House is overstepping its authority by giving states the chance to experiment with their welfare programs.
In the first full calendar year after the Great Recession, the U.S. poverty rate jumped past 15 percent, the highest in 17 years, as a new historical high of 46.2 million Americans fell below the official poverty line, the Census Bureau said Tuesday.
"He's been very partisan on almost every major occasion where he gives speeches on inequality," said Ron Haskins, a specialist on welfare issues at the left-leaning Brookings Institution. "Democrats love this agenda."
Ron Haskins, senior fellow at Brookings Institution, said that at least one site in the Building Strong Families program worked wonders with fragile families and those lessons should be used in new programs.