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September 14th, 2011
10:19 AM ET

Number of American's living in poverty breaks records

The percentage of American’s living in poverty rose in 2010 and is now at its highest level since 1993. With long-term unemployment being the main cause of the shrinking middle class, what should the government's role be in getting American's back on their feet?

Don Peck, author of "Pinched: How the Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures and What We Can Do About It", weighs in on American Morning.

Filed under: Poverty
August 8th, 2011
11:21 AM ET

'Poverty tour' aims to give poor Americans a voice

The Great Recession has left 1 in 7 Americans living in households with income below than the poverty level and unemployment is still on the rise in many communities as America's middle class continues to shrink.

In order to bring attention to poverty in the U.S., Princeton professor Cornel West and PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley are on a 15-city "Poverty Tour" aimed at giving poor Americans a voice. The tour is the latest effort by the two to highlight what they see as deficiencies in the Obama administration.

Today on American Morning, West and Smiley join Carol Costello to discuss their criticism of the President and to describe what they have learned during their "Poverty Tour," which kicked off on Saturday.

For more information on Smiley and West's poverty tour, visit

Filed under: Poverty