The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.
from Data Dive:
Finally, the U.S. poverty rate is moving in the right direction.
For the first time since 2006, the poverty rate declined last year — to 14.5 percent from 15 percent in 2012 — according to a new report out by the Census Bureau. “Last year's decrease appeared driven by fewer people relying on part-time work, as the survey found an additional 2.8 million Americans were working full-time during the year,” writes Jason Lange.
from The Great Debate:
How expensive are those everyday low prices? How much do things really cost on that fast-food restaurant's dollar menu? The answer is more than you think, but maybe not for the reason you think.
from Reihan Salam:
Paul Ryan has long been known as the GOP’s budget guru. With the release of his new report on expanding opportunity in America -- the most ambitious conservative anti-poverty agenda since the mid-1990s -- he is on the cusp of becoming something much more than that.
from Photographers' Blog:
Gosen City, Lima, Peru
By Mariana Bazo
Life in the settlements on the outskirts of Lima can be very hard, but years of economic growth in Peru have helped benefit even some of its poorest residents. In one shantytown called Gosen City, a cluster of houses that grew up haphazardly around a garbage dump, this change is really starting to show.