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  • Economist: Providing direct cash benefits could cut child poverty in half

    One in five children in America lives in poverty. What if we gave their families cash to pull them out?

  • Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks about educating people on signing up for the new national healthcare coverage plan during a news conference, on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Half of uninsured look to Obamacare exchanges for coverage

    Roughly half of uninsured adults and almost half of people without employer-based insurance had looked at or planned to check out the Obamacare marketplace to see what it offered, according to a new brief from the Urban Institute.

  • Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    GHEI: The Social Security Ponzi scheme

    As of last year, a married couple earning two average incomes would have paid more into Social Security that they could expect to receive from it. If the man lives to the expected age of 82 and the woman to 85, they would get back $556,000 of the $598,000 they paid into the system over their lives, according to the Urban Institute. That's a bad deal, and the ripoff will only get worse without major reform.

  • Millions still go without insurance if law passes

    One of the biggest misconceptions about President Obama's health care overhaul isn't who the law will cover, but rather who it won't.

Foreclosures, as on this house in Woodbridge, Va., have created opportunities for scams. The FBI says Virginia, Maryland and the District are among the top 10 jurisdictions experiencing mortgage fraud.

    CITIZEN JOURNALISM: Mortgage fraud high in area

    A recently released report by the Urban Institute, "Foreclosures in the Nation's Capital," urges a call to action, policy changes and increased oversight by local governments as it provides an assessment of the region's mounting foreclosure crisis.

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