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Ten Noteworthy Moments in U.S. Investigative Journalism
Barton Gellman October 21, 2014

TCF senior fellow Barton Gellman’s investigation of the NSA joins Sy Hersh’s My Lai massacre reporting, the publishing of the Pentagon Papers, and Woodward and Bernstein’s Watergate story on the Brookings Institution’s list of top ten moments in American investigative journalism.

In early June 2013, The Post and The Guardian broke nearly-simultaneous stories about National Security Agency surveillance activities being conducted on U.S. citizens and foreign officials. Both sets of articles, led by Barton Gellman at The Post and Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian, along with Laura Poitras and Ewan MacAskill, initially relied on a confidential source who was a former NSA analyst and then-employee at a private sector consulting firm. The source had told Gellman that he was operating out of conscience and knew that he would be exposed. That person was Edward Snowden. Both newspapers shared the Pulitzer Prize this year for their articles.

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Centers for Damage Control
Harold Pollack October 21, 2014

Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish quotes TCF fellow Harold Pollack’s defense of the CDC.

Despite the CDC’s budget problems and its recent stumbles, it is a more effective, better-led organization than it was during the Bush years, when five out of six former agency directors publicly criticized the CDC’s managerial hijinks, low morale and lapses from scientific integrity. At that time, the CDC ranked 189th out of 222 federal agencies in workforce morale. It now ranks 49th out of 300 federal agencies on such measures. That’s a striking improvement.

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Does Yosemite have a privacy problem? Not exactly
Barton Gellman October 21, 2014

TCF senior fellow Barton Gellman is quoted in a Verge article on potential privacy issues with Apple’s latest operating system.

The biggest concern is that a user might accidentally search their own computer for a sensitive file—in Post reporter Barton Gellman’s example, “secret plans Obama leaked me”—and unwittingly reveal that search term to Apple more broadly.

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The Resurgence of the Public Education Nation
Greg Anrig October 20, 2014

In Truthout, Sarah Jaffe devotes a paragraph to TCF vice president for policy and programs Greg Anrig’s research on Cincinnati’s schools.

Greg Anrig of the Century Foundation presented his research on the Cincinnati model for urban schools, where a community school system brings in service providers who give dental care, health care and other wraparound services in the schools, where teachers are actively involved in running all aspects of the school, and where the community is deeply connected to its school.

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On Fiscal Policy, USC Professor’s Viewpoint Is Moral and Farsighted
Edward D. Kleinbard October 20, 2014

The Los Angeles Times’ Michael Hiltzik reviews TCF fellow Ed Kleinbard’s new book, We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money. Writes Hiltzik:

Kleinbard’s ability to make the complexities of fiscal policy comprehensible permeates “We Are Better Than This.” So does his impatience, even anger, with the partisan sophistry that passes for much of fiscal and economic discussion in Washington. That’s clear from the very title of his book, as well as chapter headings identifying inequality apologists as “Defenders, Deniers, and Dissemblers,” or providing “A Field Guide to False Fiscal Crises.”

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Yes, Ebola Is Scary. But the System Is Working.
Harold Pollack October 20, 2014

TCF fellow Harold Pollack writes in Politico that while Ebola is a disaster in Africa, but a pretty containable threat here in the United States that "requires a calm, methodical response."

The words “calm and methodical” don’t quite match what we’re seeing. If you’re just tuning in, you might believe that America has lost its mind. Consider:

Cable TV and social media repeatedly fuel collective stupidity and fear.

Read the full article at Politico.

New York: Best Mass Transit in the Country?
Jacob Anbinder October 17, 2014

Writing at Real Clear Policy, TCF policy associate Jacob Anbinder questions the received wisdom that New York City's public transit system is the best in the country.

But not so fast, spoiled New Yorkers. Salt Lake’s relatively modest transit network actually outperforms its New York counterpart on one essential measure: providing access to a high percentage of the region’s jobs. That’s according to data in the Access Across America report, the latest by transportation planner David Levinson and the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota.

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Four Questions Every Candidate Should Answer on Climate Change
Neil Bhatiya October 17, 2014

TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya writes for The Hill that climate change keeps tripping up candidates ahead of the 2014 midterms. He offers four substantive questions that all candidates should have to answer.

As much as I—and other climate-change-conscious-voters—would love it if this were not a pressing and potentially catastrophic issue, that’s not the case. Climate change is coming. Asking candidates (as well as our elected representatives) serious questions about how they plan to tackle it is a duty not only to ourselves, but to future generations of Americans.

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Yeah, Why Are Those Bums Getting Paid So Much?
Michael Cassidy October 17, 2014

TCF policy associate writes in U.S. News that baseball salaries can tell us a lot about income inequality.

In America, we tend to think of income as a reward for skill and hard work. Those who are rich earned it, while those who are poor are equally deserving of their fates. That’s the beauty of capitalism: You get out what you put in. If you don’t like it, work harder.

But baseball shows us this view of the world is demonstrably flawed. Pay has preciously little to do with performance. Instead, being a top earner means having a good season immediately preceding free agency in a year where desperate, rich teams are willing to award outsized long-term contracts.

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How Economists With Bad Ideas Wreck Your Life, America’s Economy, and the World
Jeff Madrick October 17, 2014

TCF senior fellow Jeff Madrick talks to Lynn Stuart Parramore at Alternet about Jeff’s new book, Seven Bad Ideas. Says Madrick:

Adam Smith’s invisible hand is really the hub of the wheel: the other ideas are all spokes. It argues that if we all follow our self-interest and the government stays out of the market—for instance, it should not regulate prices—then the interaction of buyers and sellers will result in the greatest prosperity for all.

The invisible hand suggests that all wages will be established at fair levels and that regulation of financial markets can be minimized because free markets will lead to the "right" price for securities or commodities or currencies. On and on. But this is only an idea, if a beautiful one. It tells us how a market may work, not how it actually does work. Long after Adam Smith wrote about the invisible hand, as the economics profession became increasingly ideologically conservative, economists came to accept it as a rule, not a hypothesis.

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