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Faith leaders are renewing Martin Luther’s King’s effort to demand better jobs and living conditions for the poor, by organizing demonstrations across the country to highlight the issue of poverty.

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An exhibit at the National Building Museum has been adapted from Matthew Desmond’s 2017 Pulitzer-Prize-winning book Eviction: Poverty and Profit in the American City into an “immersive” experience.

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Matthew Desmond estimates that about 2.3 million evictions were filed in the U.S. in 2016 — a rate of four every minute. “Eviction isn’t just a condition of poverty; it’s a cause of poverty,” he says.

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“… it is a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.”

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The town sign stands in the snow at the entrance to Davos, Switzerland, host to the 48th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum taking place this week. Donald Trump will be among the attendees.

The annual report is intended for the rich and powerful who gather in Davos to talk about world poverty. And it causes the Twittersphere to flare up.

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Across Twitter, people in the development community were outraged that so few women were named on the list.

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There are 767 million people in the world who live in extreme poverty — $1.90 a day or less for daily needs. But you can have more than that and still be considered poor. So the World Bank has now set two poverty lines for middle-income countries.

If you live on $1.90 a day or less, the World Bank says you are extremely poor. Two new poverty lines offer a way to measure poverty in middle income countries.

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