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The Toll of the Great Recession – Pew Hispanic Center

The spread of poverty across the United States that began at the onset of the Great Recession of 2007-2009 and accelerated last year hit one fast-growing demographic group especially hard: Latino children.

More Latino children are living in poverty—6.1 million in 2010—than children of any other racial or ethnic group. This marks the first time in U.S. history that the single largest group of poor children is not white. In 2010, 37.3% of poor children were Latino, 30.5% were white and 26.6% were black.

This negative milestone for Hispanics is a product of their growing numbers, high birth rates and declining economic fortunes. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Hispanics today make up a record 16.3% of the total U.S. population. But they comprise an even larger share—23.1%—of the nation’s children, a disparity driven mainly by high birth rates among Hispanic immigrants.

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Of the 6.1 million Latino children living in poverty, more than two-thirds (4.1 million) are the children of immigrant parents. The other 2 million are the children of parents born in the U.S. Among the 4.1 million impoverished Latino children of immigrants, the vast majority (86.2%) were born in the U.S.

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Young Adults Make Gains in Health Insurance Coverage – NYTimes.com

Young adults, long the group most likely to be uninsured, are gaining health coverage faster than expected in the year since the 2010 health law began allowing parents to cover them as dependents on …

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Daily Number: Support for Returning Troops Seen As Lacking – Pew Research Center

More than six-in-ten Americans do not believe that the U.S. government is giving enough support to veterans returning home from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Fully 62% of the general public hold that view while 65% of those from households with veterans who have served since 9/11 say that the level of support is lacking. But there’s a sharp difference between the general public and military households on whether the American people have given enough support to troops. Americans overall are split on the question of whether they give enough support to the troops — with 49% believing that they don’t and 47% that they do. A 58%-majority of those from households with veterans say the public has not given soldiers enough backing. The biggest areas where those surveyed said the government is falling short are medical care (cited by 42%), financial issues (37%) and mental health issues (34%). Read more …Support for Returning Troops Seen As Lacking

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The Republican nomination: The party after Tim leaves | The Economist

WELL, let’s see, what happened during the two weeks I spent away from my desk, defending—successfully, as it turned out—my title as Worst Fisherman on the East Coast and Possibly …

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10 ways to fix the budget – The Washington Post

It’s true: Deficit reduction isn’t an economic panacea. It won’t instantly boost the economy or the stock market. It won’t automatically end financial turmoil. But none of this means that we should …

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