Trump wants to change how poverty is calculated — to make fewer people eligible for benefits

Trump wants to change how poverty is calculated — to make fewer people eligible for benefits

It’s a subtle but important change. The Trump administration has been incredibly consistent, from day one, about its desire to slash benefits for poor Americans, including Medicaid and food stamps (aka Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP). But with the threat of Democratic filibusters and now a Democratic majority in the House, Trump’s efforts to make those cuts a reality have been repeatedly stymied. That hasn’t stopped the administration from coming up with new attempts,…

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How DNC Chair Tom Perez plans to avoid the chaos of the GOP’s 2016 debates

How DNC Chair Tom Perez plans to avoid the chaos of the GOP’s 2016 debates

With 21 candidates running so far, Perez is staring down a big logistical challenge for the Democratic debates. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has the unenviable job of figuring out exactly how the summer DNC debates will accommodate a 21-candidate field that is growing by the week. Out of that massive group, 18 candidates have so far qualified for the first two debate stages, according to their self-reported numbers (spiritual author and little-known candidate…

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Danielle Steel has published 179 books in her lifetime

Danielle Steel has published 179 books in her lifetime

And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related objects. Welcome to Vox’s weekly book link roundup, a curated selection of the internet’s best writing on books and related subjects. Here’s the best the web has to offer for the week of May 5, 2019. At Vulture, Chad Post considers why it is that America publishes so little translated literature: In an industry — publishing — that loves data about as much…

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South Africa’s ruling party ANC wins reelection

South Africa’s ruling party ANC wins reelection

President Cyril Ramaphosa will have to tackle corruption and the economy. President Cyril Ramaphosa and his party, the African National Congress (ANC), have won reelection in South Africa, maintaining its control of government. The ANC, which has led South Africa’s government since the fall of apartheid in 1994, was expected to prevail in these elections. But corruption and the country’s stagnant economy tested the party’s standing. In the end, it won slightly more than 57…

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