“Why has TANF [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families] left so many needy families behind? Its advocates argue that it reduces dependency and promotes work. Its critics contend that the time limits and work requirements it imposes are too punitive. Yet a careful look under the hood reveals that both of these claims fail to grasp the fundamental nature of what TANF has become.” The Atlantic with a look at what’s changed in the two decades since we ended welfare as we know it.

+ WaPo: How welfare reform changed American poverty, in 9 charts.