The Century Foundation (TCF) is pleased to announce the creation of the Janice Nittoli “Forward Thinking” Award. Each year, TCF will provide a stipend of $7,500 to support an individual under thirty years of age in the research and writing of a policy paper on a topic that is central to TCF’s agenda.READ MORE
Most presidents lose support by year six in office, but President Obama’s allies are walking away from his leadership in strange new ways, argues TCF fellow Michael Cohen in The Guardian.
On the campaign trail, it has become a game of political obfuscation for Democratic candidates when they are asked about Obama. In Kentucky, Senate challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes refuses to say whether she voted for the president and can barely find it in herself to say a good word about him. Kay Hagan, senator for North Carolina, could come up with only a single example of the president’s strong leadership (the cleanup of the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, of all things), and in Alaska, when asked if he’d voted for the titular head of his party, senator Mark Begich said that he had—but that it didn’t matter since the president was “not relevant”. And these are Obama’s political allies.
But the distancing goes beyond politics. Democrats are walking away from Obama’s accomplishments—and none more so than his signature achievement, Obamacare.
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NSA leaker Edward Snowden on Saturday defended his disclosure of reams of classified information and said his actions were worth fleeing his seemingly idyllic life in Hawaii and ending up in hiding in Russia, where he was joined by his girlfriend in July.
“It was about getting the information back to people so they could decide if they cared about it, and on that account … I could not have been more wrong in thinking that people wouldn’t care,” he told a New Yorker Festival audience Saturday afternoon via webcast from an undisclosed location in Moscow.
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With a weekend coming up, and perhaps time for some more leisurely reading, I highly recommend taking advantage of The New Yorker's apparently still-continuing policy of letting the magazine's content all hang out for free online and reading a riveting and extensively as well as minutely reported account by Patrick Radden Keefe of what's described on the contents page as “the biggest-ever hedge-fund scandal”: “The Empire of Edge: How a doctor, a trader, and the billionaire Steven A. Cohen got entangled in a vast financial scandal.”
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Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker staff writer, provides insight to his interview with Rosemary Martoma, the wife of Mathew Martoma about her husband's 9 year prison sentence for insider trading while at Steve Cohen's former hedge fund SAC Capital.
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