Ashraf Khalil, Associated Press

Khalil is a journalist and author based in Washington with the Associated Press covering the District of Columbia with an emphasis on stories of national interest. Khalil spent nearly 20 years covering the Middle East, based in Cairo, Baghdad and Jerusalem. He is a former editor-in-chief of the Cairo Times weekly news magazine, and a former Los Angeles Times correspondent in Baghdad and Jerusalem. Khalil's work has been published in Time Magazine, BBC Radio, CNN, France24 English, Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone Middle East Edition and The Economist. He is the author of "Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation," published by St Martin's Press.
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Can monthly cash payments cut child poverty by nearly half?

Child Tax Credit payments are a key part of Democrats' COVID-19 aid bill passed in March, but for policymakers they are more than just an attempt to help families recover from the pandemic. The monthly checks of up to $300 per child for millions of families are part of an ambitious attempt to shrink child poverty and rethink the American social safety net in the process.

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