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War On Poverty, 50 Years Later

One Family's Story Shows How The Cycle Of Poverty Is Hard To Break

Like her own mother was, Desiree Metcalf is a young, single mom living in poverty. She doesn't have just one or two problems, but a whole pile of them.

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U.S. Offers Aid In Search For Nigerian Girls, But Is It Too Late?

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When Colleges Ditch Coal Investments, It's Barely A Drop In The Bucket

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One Family's Story Shows How The Cycle Of Poverty Is Hard To Break

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Ritual Union Little Dragon

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Vermont's GMO Bill Expected To Face Major Legal Challenges

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Chemists Expand Nature's Genetic Alphabet

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