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In Memphis today, Senator Clinton called for a Cabinet-level poverty czar. This person would be "solely and fully devoted to ending poverty as we know it, that will focus the attention of our nation on this issue and never let it go."

Why not make this a position that would focus on ending poverty both in the United States and around the world? My CGD colleagues, Steve Radelet and Nancy Birdsall, make a strong case for a cabinet level position on international development . We know that the future of the United States is inextricably linked with the fortunes of the rest of the world, so perhaps the two positions could be combined? Just something to ponder on a day when we remember Dr. King and his legacy.

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