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The Three Square Food Bank's provisions on Nov. 12, 2013 in Las Vegas

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The Three Square Food Bank's provisions on Nov. 12, 2013 in Las Vegas

Farm Bill’s Food Stamps Reflect Decades of Savvy Politics

One of the most contentious points in the long-delayed legislation to set U.S. agricultural policy is a seemingly unrelated issue: Food assistance for the poor. Today the House passed a nearly $1 trillion “farm bill” that cuts food-stamp spending by...

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U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson delivers the State of the Union address before the joint session of Congress in the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. on Jan. 12, 1966.

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U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson delivers the State of the Union address before the joint session of Congress in the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. on Jan. 12, 1966.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 1966

The first televised response to the president’s State of the Union address by the opposition party came in 1966. Delivering the White House’s annual message that year, President Lyndon B. Johnson noted the “brutal and bitter conflict in Vietnam” while...

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President Lyndon Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, center left, leave the home in Inez, Ky., of Tom Fletcher, a father of eight who told Johnson he'd been out of work for nearly two years, in this April 24, 1964, file photo.

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President Lyndon Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, center left, leave the home in Inez, Ky., of Tom Fletcher, a father of eight who told Johnson he'd been out of work for nearly two years, in this April 24, 1964, file photo.

War on Poverty Remembered

“Daddy was a conservative,” said Lynda Johnson Robb, LBJ’s daughter, at a congressional commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his “War on Poverty” at the Capitol Visitor Center this morning. “He wasn’t for handouts, he was for hand ups,” she...

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A 'tent city' in Camden, New Jersey. Camden has at least three 'tent cities,' where many of the homeless in the Southern New Jersey region live.

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A 'tent city' in Camden, New Jersey. Camden has at least three 'tent cities,' where many of the homeless in the Southern New Jersey region live.

American Spells of Poverty Continue, 50 Years into Johnson’s ‘War’

While progress has been made since President Lyndon Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty” 50 years ago, the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression has made economic hardship more commonplace in recent years, according to a Census Bureau...

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In this Sept. 4, 2013 file photo, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, right, greets Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio at the Staten Island ferry terminal in New York. Both men were campaigning at the terminal at the same time.

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In this Sept. 4, 2013 file photo, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, right, greets Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio at the Staten Island ferry terminal in New York. Both men were campaigning at the terminal at the same time.

Goldwater vs. Sandinistas in N.Y. Mayoral Race: 2013, Really?

New York City’s next mayor will assume office on New Year’s Day 2014, which is why it’s surprising to hear Democrat Bill de Blasio describing his opponent, Joseph Lhota, as a Goldwater Republican, after Lhota called de Blasio a pro-Sandinista...

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Bryan Cranston, left, and Aaron Paul perform in a scene from "Breaking Bad" at an undisclosed location in this undated photo released to the press on July 11, 2011.

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Bryan Cranston, left, and Aaron Paul perform in a scene from "Breaking Bad" at an undisclosed location in this undated photo released to the press on July 11, 2011.

Breaking Bad to LBJ: New Role

“Breaking Bad” actor Bryan Cranston is trading drug peddling for power grabbing. He plays Lyndon Johnson in the historical play “All the Way” at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. The play, which debuted at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in...

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the Long Island Association fall luncheon at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Oct. 18, 2012 in Woodbury, New York.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the Long Island Association fall luncheon at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Oct. 18, 2012 in Woodbury, New York.

Cheney Headed for Hell: Congressman

Further proof that the rifts in Washington are not all partisan: A Republican congressman unhappy with some of the wars the U.S. has waged suggests that former Vice President Dick Cheney, one of the champions of the U.S. invasion of...

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Obama signs in Newark, New Jersey, in this file photo.

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Obama signs in Newark, New Jersey, in this file photo.

New Jersey: Obama’s 58% Best By Democrat Since 1964

President Barack Obama won 58.3 percent of the vote in New Jersey on Nov. 6, the best showing by a Democratic presidential nominee in 48 years, according to an official count of votes released today. Obama’s vote share in New...

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