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According to a special report from the U.S. Census Bureau, 46.2 million Americans are now living in poverty. The number of those living in poverty in America has grown by 2.6 million in just the last 12 months, and that is the largest increase that we have ever seen since the U.S. government began calculating poverty figures back in 1959. And, yet, when we watch these political debates, you rarely hear anyone talk about doing something about it.

Dr. Cornel West is sounding the alarm, and joined Roland Martin on Washington Watch to talk about it.