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More honesty needed about Britain's rising energy bills: Kemp

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's gas and electricity suppliers should itemize customer bills to show how much of the total is related to the fuel costs, transmission charges, company margins and the government's own energy policies. Full story

Mexico's poverty rate dips but little cheer for the needy: report

ZITLALTEPEC, Mexico (Reuters) - Like nearly half of Mexicans who live in poverty, 45-year-old subsistence farmer Oliva Zuniga has little hope of a better life as she strives to meet the rising costs of tending her humble plot of land. Full story

Mexico poverty rate eased to 45.5 percent: development agency

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's poverty rate fell slightly between 2010 and 2012, dropping 0.6 percent to 53.3 million people, although half a million more people entered the ranks of the poor, the government's social development agency Coneval said on Monday. Full story

The American dream? 80% will be near poverty, jobless, or on welfare

A new Associated Press survey finds a deteriorating economy, growing economic inequality, and a disappearing American dream, just as the president looks to re-energize his economic agenda. Full story

The Agenda: Four out of five Americans deal with joblessness

   The Nation’s Lee Fang, The Root’s Keli Goff and MSNBC.com’s Dafna Linzer discuss President Barack Obama’s attempt  to address  the income gap and the feud between entertainers Harry Belafonte and Jay-Z.

Will Paul Ryan’s ‘War on Poverty’ hearing include poor people?

On Sunday's "MHP," Republican Congressman Paul Ryan was offered the chance to hear this week from someone who relies on the benefits he wants to cut. Will he take it? Full story

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  Ruckelshaus: Prepaid cards are 'not a good deal for workers'

Cathy Ruckelshaus of The National Employment Law Project explains to the MHP panel why prepaid debit cards issued by some employers to their employees are not a good deal for the workers.

  Rep. Lee invites mother on food stamps to testify before Paul Ryan

Rep. Barbara Lee tells Tianna Gaines-Turner that Congress needs to hear from her about living on food stamps and trying to support her family within the current confines of federal health and food benefits; then tells Tianna that she is going to ask Paul Ryan, R-Wis., - who is leading a hearing on p

  Rep. Edwards: Ryan ‘failed miserably’ on war on poverty remarks

Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Maryland, joins Martin Bashir to push back on comments made by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, that the war on poverty “failed miserably” and to point out that, in fact, many of the programs are helping the neediest Americans survive.

  Ryan on poverty

The War on Poverty has “failed miserably,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan told NBC News’s In Plain Sight poverty project, and he will be holding hearings on July 31st to figure out what approaches to fighting poverty would be more effective.

  Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon to play anti-poverty concert

The Global Poverty Project's Hugh Evans joins Morning Joe to reveal the details of the second-annual Global Citizen Festival, a free concert in New York City's Central Park to help eradicate poverty. Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer are set to perform.

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Two women cook inside their house in Zitlaltepec, July 26, 2013. Mexico's poverty rate fell 0.6 percent between 2010 and 2012 to 53.3 million people, the government's social development agency Coneval said. Factoring in population growth, the ranks of the poor grew by half a million people in that t