Education

Performance-Based Funding Could Hurt Community Colleges

Blog Post by: Jill Silos-Rooney , on December 11, 2013

A new movement in higher education seeks to base school funding on pre-determined performance standards. This idea has some promise, as America’s college education rates lag behind our international peers. But, as blogger Jill Silos-Rooney investigates, much more research needs to be done before implementing these new standards.

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Workers & Economic Inequality

Dismissal of Mulhall Good for Labor

Blog Post by: Moshe Marvit , on December 11, 2013

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled to dismiss the Mulhall v. Unite Here Local 355 case in a lucky break for labor groups. Fellow Moshe Marvit discusses the decision and what it means for unions at In These Times

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Education

East Mediterranean Pipeline Dreams

Blog Post by: Allison Good , on December 11, 2013

Blogger Allison Good presents her original reporting on the potential for East Mediterranean natural gas cooperation -- but, even with U.S. interests, this pipeline dream might never wake up. 

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Workers & Economic Inequality

A Streetcar Named Disaster

Blog Post by: Jacob Anbinder , on December 10, 2013

Atlanta is a notoriously car-dependent city. But less than a year from now, downtown drivers in Georgia’s capital will have a new rival for the road: the Atlanta Streetcar. Blogger Jacob Anbinder writes about the inherent issues with cities spending more on less efficient streetcars than mass transit. 

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Education

The Liberal Debate on Affirmative Action

Blog Post by: Halley Potter , on December 9, 2013

Policy associate Halley Potter provides a primer on the main liberal arguments for and against race-based affirmative action. This primer is in preparation for TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg's upcoming discussion on the future of affirmative action with Havard's Randall Kennedy and the New Yorker's Nicholas Lemann

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Social Insurance

Republicans Get Medicaid Costs All Wrong

Blog Post by: Harold Pollack , on December 9, 2013

Fellow Harold Pollack's latest for the Washington Post's "Wonkblog" calls out Republican analysts who have some troubling suggestions in lieu of Healthcare.gov, proposing to alter health coverage for low-income Americans. 

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Foreign Policy

America Looks Away from Suffering Syria

Blog Post by: Morton Abramowitz , on December 7, 2013

TCF senior fellow Morton Abramowitz published a stunning call-to-action in the Washington Post detailing the extreme need for humanitarian aid to Syria and the complications that need involves. Largely, America has ignored the dire situation in Syria, preferring to keep on the sidelines.

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Additional Focus

#TCFBest: December 6, 2013

Blog Post by: Jessi Stafford , on December 6, 2013

#TCFBest has been sporadic since the beginning of the holiday season (sorry!), but it’s back today with a tribute to revolutionary Nelson Mandela, who passed away yesterday. Stateside, fast food workers are fighting for a fair wage and, in related news, recipients of unemployment benefits may see empty stockings this Christmas if Congress doesn’t act quickly to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation.

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Workers & Economic Inequality

The Case of the Disappearing Worker: Part Two

Blog Post by: Michael Cassidy , on December 6, 2013

Contrary to popular belief, the issue with the labor force participation rate (LFPR) is not the dramatic disappearance of 720,000 workers from the labor force in October. Blogger Michael Cassidy's second article of a two-part series talks about the consequences of a shrinking labor force.

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Foreign Policy

Internal Carbon Price Should Incentivize U.S.

Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on December 6, 2013

Estimating the future cost of carbon emissions is considered essential to future operations for many private companies, and should incentivize the United States to take action, writes policy associate Neil Bhatiya.

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