Race and poverty round-up: income inequality in the State of the Union, paid protest and food stamps

What’s moving in the world of race and poverty, on Chicago Muckrakers weekly.

In President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union before the November elections, he called rising income inequality “the defining issue of our time.”

Two people say they were paid to protest in support of the contentious school closings on the city’s Southside, found the Chicago Sun-Times.

Newt Gingrich plays on the race card again, attacking food stamp users and calling President Obama the “best food stamp president in American history,” Colorlines reported.

A new crackdown by the Chicago Police Department will target neighborhoods on the South and West sides, the Chicago Tribune reported.

A federal settlement with big Wall Street banks over their role in the mortgage crisis bypass an investigation and grant them civil immunity, The Nation wrote.

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