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5 Reasons Booze Is Deadlier than Heroin and Other Drugs That’ll Land You in Jail
Harold Pollack September 2, 2014

TCF fellow, Harold Pollack has been quoted in am Alternet article about the link betweet alcoholic beverages and crime.

When you think of the “deadliest drug,” what do you picture? Do you imagine dirty needles and pill bottles strewn across the floor? Do scenes from Hollywood's dingiest heroin and crack dens (a la Trainspotting and Requiem for a Dream) flash through your mind?

If so, you’ve been misled.

Alcohol is the most dangerous drug out there. No other drugs—not meth, not heroin, not crack, and certainly not psychedelics like MDMA—even come close. It tops the charts in everything from addiction, to deadly accidents, to the increased likelihood of homicide, rape, partner violence and violence against women in general.

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Mergers like Burger King-Tim Horton’s costing federal treasury
Edward D. Kleinbard September 2, 2014

TCF fellow, Edward D. Kleinbard has been quoted in an article about Burger King moving its headquarters to Canada in the Dayton Daily News.

Burger King’s purchase of Tim Hortons and its plan to shift corporate headquarters to Canada doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get a Double Whopper with cheese any longer. But the merger may cost the federal treasury a few hundred million dollars in corporate taxes.
The move by the U.S. hamburger giant to acquire the Canadian-based doughnut and coffee chain is a vivid example of a growing trend by large American companies such as Eaton Corp. of Greater Cleveland to take advantage of lower corporate tax rates charged by foreign governments, such as Canada, Great Britain and Ireland.

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Arise America - 28/08
Richard D. Kahlenberg August 29, 2014

TCF fellow, Richard D. Kahlenberg has appeared on Arise America to talk about socioeconomic diversity at selective colleges.

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Community college district tries full slate of innovations, all at once
The Century Foundation August 29, 2014

The Century Foundation has been cited in a PBS Newshour story about community colleges.

Hidden at the edge of an industrial park near the Phoenix airport, housed in a handful of utilitarian buildings with no grassy quadrangles or ivy crawling up red brick, Rio Salado Community College doesn’t look much like a typical higher-education institution.

It doesn’t act like one, either.

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Community college district tries full slate of innovations, all at once
Richard D. Kahlenberg August 29, 2014

TCF fellow, Richard D. Kahlenberg has been quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education article about economi diversity in universities.

The New York Times is entering the college-ratings game. Sorta. Kinda.

Next month it plans to unveil "a new ranking of colleges and universities based on their ability to attract underprivileged kids." Or at least that’s how the project is billed on the agenda for the Schools for Tomorrow conference that the newspaper is holding next week in New York City.

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Blowing smoke on corporate taxes
Edward D. Kleinbard August 28, 2014

TCF fellow Edward D. Kleinbard has been quoted in an article about corporate tax inversions on The Chicago Sun Times.

American corporate leaders love to complain about the nation’s high corporate tax rate, one of the highest in the world. This rate, they say, is stifling business investment and encouraging U.S. corporations to move their headquarters to other countries.

It sounds logical. But it may not be true. A scholarly look at global tax payments, coupled with an on-the-ground look at the effect of taxes on business investment, suggests that these corporate leaders not only are crying wolf but may be blowing smoke.

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Big charter change seen in 2 D.C. schools
Richard D. Kahlenberg, Halley Potter August 28, 2014

The Washington Post has featured TCF fellows, Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter's upcoming book, A Smarter Charter.

Two D.C. charter schools you’ve probably never heard of have just been declared vital for our nation’s educational future. The reasons for focusing on these two schools are intriguing and mostly overlooked in the national debate about charters.

A remarkable new book identifies the Capital City Public Charter School and the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, both in Northwest Washington, as among the nation’s best charters in creating diverse student bodies.

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Proposal for Union Membership to be a Civil Right
Richard D. Kahlenberg, Moshe Marvit August 28, 2014

TCF fellows, Richard D. Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit have been quoted in a Tri-States Public Radio article about the Ellison-Lewis Bill.

Progressive Democrats are fighting back against employers that break the law by introducing legislation on Capitol Hill that makes free association with unions a Civil Right.

Democratic Congressmen Keith Ellison, of Minnesota, and John Lewis, the Civil Rights pioneer from Georgia, on July 30 introduced the Employee Empowerment Act, a measure that would shield labor organizing from retaliation like protections against other forms of discrimination. The legislation would make joining a union a legally protected Civil Right by bringing union membership under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act – the same legislation that bars employment bias based on race, gender, religion, national origin, etc.

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Broken levy: How U.S. tax law encourages inversions
Edward D. Kleinbard August 27, 2014

TCF fellow Edward D. Kleinbard has been quoted in an article about corporate tax inversions on The Deal.

An innocuously named species of transaction has inspired a political furor this summer. After a number of U.S. companies announced plans to move overseas in so-called inversion deals, Sen. Carl Levin proposed banning them outright. President Barack Obama called the companies unpatriotic. Because of the controversy, Walgreen Co. backed away from structuring its $18 billion purchase of Alliance Boots GmbH as an inversion, while the possibility that inversions will be barred may be pushing other U.S. corporations to consider doing them.

Read more: Broken levy: How U.S. tax law encourages inversions - The Deal Pipeline (SAMPLE CONTENT: NEED AN ID?)

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Elite schools are still mostly attended by wealthy people
Richard D. Kahlenberg August 27, 2014

TCF senior fellow, Richard D. Kahlenberg has been quoted in a Salon article about the lack of access poor students have to university education.

There are more students from low-income schools with top grades and competitive exam scores than ever, more low-income students going to college than ever, but the number of these students attending elite colleges has stagnated over the last 20 years. As reported by Richard Pérez-Peña at the New York Times, federal surveys tracking attendance at these schools found “virtually no change” in enrollment of low-income students between 1990 and 2012.

Of the nearly 90 schools ranked as “most competitive” by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges, only 14 percent of enrolled students came from low-income households, according to researchers at the University of Michigan and Georgetown University. The research was conducted in 2006, and the number of these students attending elite colleges was the same as it was in 1982.

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May 20, 2014 at 9:00 p.m.TCF senior fellow Barton Gellman is featured in the new FRONTLINE special, United States of Secrets. How did the government come to spy on millions of Americans? In United States of Secrets, a two-part series airing May 13 and 20, FRONTLINE goes behind the headlines to reveal the dramatic inside story of the U.S. government’s massive and controversial secret surveillance program—and the lengths they went to trying to keep it hidden from the public.
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