The first food stamps program, created amid the Great Depression, lasted four years.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
SNAP and its precursors have weathered plenty of efforts to shrink the safety net. Its decades of bipartisan support make it likely to survive this one.
This year’s World Economic Forum in Davos honored musician and philanthropist Elton John for his contributions to upholding ‘human dignity.’
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The global elites are paying attention.
A hit from Malcom Jenkins sidelined the Patriots’ Brandin Cooks for the night.
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What happened after Brandin Cooks took a massive blow during Super Bowl LII helps explain why NFL's concussion crisis isn't killing the sport's popularity.
Customers lining up to legally buy recreational marijuana in West Hollywood, Calif.
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The attorney general's memo portended an end to a hands-off approach to this enforcement conundrum. It could backfire.
At least one economist worries we’ll be mostly poorer.
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We asked four of our regular economics writers to examine a key theme they expect to flare up in 2018 and why.
Companies are likely taking notice as more women speak up about workplace harassment.
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Companies have long tended to protect rather than punish high-profile harassers. That may change as the #MeToo movement inspires more women to speak out.
Clearly, the kids have been good.
Santa reportedly rewards children who behave with more presents than their naughty peers. The data suggest the real world isn't as clear-cut.
A tangle of rules govern what to do when a California inmate dies.
If no one claims the remains of cult leader and killer Charles Manson, it's unclear what will happen to his body. Will it find an anonymous California grave or face dissection in an anatomy lab?
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, center, plans to step down at the end of the month.
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The decision by the bureau's founding director to step down this month offers Republicans and the Trump administration a chance to finally gut the bureau they've long despised.
Hundreds of frozen turkeys are lined up waiting to be defrosted, cooked and eaten.
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An economist explains why turkeys defy the economic laws of supply and demand.
The secret settlements that leave the reputations of alleged sexual abuse perpetrators intact are also tax-deductible.
Secret payments in exchange for silence regarding work-related sexual abuse are usually tax-deductible. How about changing that?
The iPhone X’s big new features come with a high price tag.
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Apple's latest iPhone sold out within minutes of its launch, but questions still remain about whether that pace of demand will continue and, if so, whether the company's supply chain will be able to keep up.
The ‘war on cash’ is slowly eliminating paper currency.
A cashless society depends on three things, all of which have failed in recent weeks as a result of natural disasters and security breaches.
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un called Trump a ‘dotard.’
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The latest salvo of insults and threats between President Trump and North Korea's Kim brought the region a little bit closer to war. China, North Korea's closest trading partner, may be the only way out.
Hurricane Irma descends on the Caribbean islands.
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Saturated media coverage of hurricanes like Harvey and Irma can make it seem like disasters happen all the time. Is the frequency of billion-dollar disasters really rising?