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Millions Living In Staggering Poverty

According to the National Poverty Center, millions of Americans are living in Third-World conditions:

Using the 1996-2008 panels of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), we estimate that in mid-2011, 1.65 million households with 3.55 million children were living in extreme poverty in a given month, based on cash income.

How do they choose to define "extreme poverty?" The term describes a person living on $2 or less per day.

In America.