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How rules and regulation can  shape opportunity.

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Neighborhoods. It's a topic that has come up time and time again here at State of Opportunity. That's because where people live has a lot to do with who they become.

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Wednesday was International Women's Day. It was also "A Day Without a Woman," a protest encouraging participants to skip work or school and avoid spending money to highlight the significant role women play in society.

The global day of protest aimed to accelerate gender parity – especially when it comes to the persistent gender wage gap.

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More than 45 million Americans – nearly 16 million of them children – live below the poverty line.

And poverty isn't just a U.S. issue. It's a global problem, affecting nearly half of the world's population, according to DoSomething.org.

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Having a parent behind bars can be a traumatic experience for a child. Studies show parental incarceration can affect school achievement, health, relationships and increase a kid's risk of going to prison themselves in the future.

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More than 43 million Americans receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - formerly known as food stamps. 

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The 2017 tax filing season begins January 23. But millions of low-income families across the country will face delays in getting their refunds. The delays impact nearly 40 million families claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit.

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Lighting up may become a lot less convenient for smokers who live in public housing.

That's because the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a sweeping rule this week that prohibits smoking in all federally subsidized public housing developments in the U.S.

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When people talk about poverty, the conversation typically revolves around the economic condition of a household.

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More than 60 million people in the U.S. receive Social Security benefits. These payments play a key role in helping millions of Americans stay above the poverty line.

Social Security lifted more than 22 million people in the U.S. out of poverty in 2015, according to a report released this week by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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More than one in five children in the U.S. lives in poverty. That's nearly 16 million kids.

And nearly twice as many experience poverty at some point during childhood.

Research shows poverty is the greatest threat to a child's well-being, and childhood poverty can have lifelong consequences.

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