Blog Post by: Thanassis Cambanis , on December 4, 2013
On his website, TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis recently wrote an article entitled, "Regional realignment with Hezbollah, Assad & Iran?" prompted by the assassination of a Hezbollah official in Beirut yesterday. Cambanis outlines ways in which we can spot real change after Iran's nuclear deal.
Blog Post by: Kyle Bella , on December 4, 2013
SNAP negotiations are currently under way in the House and Senate under the Farm Bill, which typically wins bipartisan support due to the appeal of farming and agriculture subsidies to a wide variety of constituents. But recent cuts are part of a long-term plan by the GOP to scale back programs like SNAP.
Student loan debt is crushing a generation of youth who, in previous decades, would have benefited from institutional support like the GI Bill and federal subsidies for higher education. Policy associate Benjamin Landy delves into the details of why student loan debt is a problem unique to the millennial generation in this TCF original feature.
Blog Post by: Peter Osnos , on December 3, 2013
This article was originally published in The Atlantic.
This year, Publisher's Weekly awarded their Person of the Year honor to Oren Teicher, CEO of the American Booksellers Association, and the ABA's board of directors, the organization that represents the country's independent book stores—and the accolade is justified.
Blog Post by: Amy Dean , on November 27, 2013
Just in time for Thanksgiving, fellow Amy Dean writes a piece for Al Jazeera America calling on "foodies" to be more proactive for workers' rights. Labor rights activists are asking those already paying special attention to the ingredients of their food to consider how the workers preparing it are treated.
Blog Post by: Zachary Bernstein , on November 27, 2013
Advocates worry so-called "social welfare" groups can raise as much money as they want without the same standard of disclosure SuperPACs or campaign committees are held to, funnelling some of that money into elections. Now, we have clear examples of the secrecy 501(c)(4) groups can take advantage of, due to the release of two tax forms earlier this month, writes blogger Zachary Bernstein.
Blog Post by: Jacob Anbinder , on November 27, 2013
For much of the fall, the Department of Justice seemed ready for a fight in the US Airways-American Airlines merger, claiming it would result in decreased competition and higher fares for air travelers. Last week, however, Attorney General Eric Holder announced a settlement that was, in the words of one New York Times analyst, “basically a face-saver.” Jacob Anbinder delves into the potentially problematic existence of airline hubs.
Blog Post by: Richard D. Kahlenberg , on November 27, 2013
Senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg recently participated in a debate at the Oxford Union Society, a student-run organization which has been hosting such discussions since 1823 on the campus of Oxford University. The debate involved four speakers on each side of the motion: “The House Believes Positive Discrimination is a Necessary Evil.” (Positive Discrimination is the term the British give to affirmative action policies for women and people of color.) Kahlenberg outlines his experience of the debate on the blog.
Blog Post by: Richard D. Kahlenberg , on November 26, 2013
“Fisher v. University of Texas is one of the most important cases on higher education to be heard by the Supreme Court.” This is the beginning of a report by senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg and his colleagues, published in the American Sociological Association quarterly journal Contexts.
Kahlenberg et. al. discuss “affirmative inaction” with each author taking a unique stance on affirmative action in education. Kahlenberg’s portion, “In Defense of Proxies,” hones in on socioeconomic integration in schools and how policies looking only at race might ignore growing class inequalities.
Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on November 26, 2013
This week, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs published policy associate Neil Bhatiya’s review of Richard Haass' book, Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America’s House in Order. Haass is an American diplomat and president of the Council on Foreign Relations, with expertise in foreign relations, international security and globalization.
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