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Cory Booker Faces Challenges in First Days on Food Stamp Budget

Cory Booker Faces Challenges in First Days on Food Stamp Budget

Cindy Ord/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) — Chickpeas and lettuce. No coffee. That’s what Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker had for breakfast on his second day living on the food budget of an average American receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nu…

Cory Booker’s Food Stamp Challenge Starts with a Grocery Bill

Cory Booker’s Food Stamp Challenge Starts with a Grocery Bill

Cindy Ord/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Cory Booker posted a photo of a crumpled receipt Monday morning to Facebook and Twitter.  The Newark, N.J., mayor wasn’t filing expenses; he was showing supporters what he’ll be eating for the next w…

Ga. Woman Seeks Apology After Being Slammed for Using Food Stamps

Ga. Woman Seeks Apology After Being Slammed for Using Food Stamps

Courtesy Cindy Nerger(NEW YORK) — Is a $15 gift card enough to compensate for public humiliation at your local grocery store? According to one Georgia woman, the answer is absolutely not.Cindy Nerger, 28, who relies on food stamps to feed her family, …

Who’s Getting Fat Off Food Stamps?

Who’s Getting Fat Off Food Stamps?

Ciaran Griffin/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A record number of Americans — 46.7 million, or nearly one in seven — now use the food stamp program, according to the Department of Agriculture.  The annual cost of SNAP (the Supplemental Nutriti…

Number of Ph.Ds on Public Aid Triples in US

Number of Ph.Ds on Public Aid Triples in US

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The life of an academic who pays hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition and lives off stipends and scholarships is becoming more financially treacherous. A skyrocketing number of Americans with Ph.Ds say they ar…

Florida Senator Wants to Keep Food Stamp Users from Buying Sweets

Florida Senator Wants to Keep Food Stamp Users from Buying Sweets

Hemera/Thinkstock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — In an attempt to cut down on purchases of junk food on the government’s dime, Florida Sen. Ronda Storms is sponsoring a bill that would prohibit the use of food stamps to purchase sweets.The Republican lawmaker s…

Newt Gingrich Defends Food Stamps vs. Paychecks Charge

Newt Gingrich Defends Food Stamps vs. Paychecks Charge

Peter Foley/Bloomberg/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Newt Gingrich defended his critique of President Obama as the “greatest food stamp president” in history, dismissing the president’s charge that Gingrich was tapping into “worst in…

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