Foreign Policy

Why Americans Hate the NSA but Love the iPhone

Blog Post by: , on October 29, 2013

On Sunday, I joined TCF trustee Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss privacy, the NSA and why Americans are rushing to provide Apple with copies of their fingerprints. Watch the clip below.

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Additional Focus

European Pipeline Navigates Around Russia

Blog Post by: Jacob Anbinder , on October 29, 2013

Across the pond, the E.U. government announced a groundbreaking initiative to bridge longstanding gaps in Europe’s energy infrastructure. Depending on how it’s implemented, it could have a major impact on United States foreign policy as well. 

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Foreign Policy

An Arab Winter Emerges

Blog Post by: Thanassis Cambanis , on October 28, 2013

"A gutted civil society rediscovers its power—and, perhaps, a chance to rewrite the region’s future," fellow Thanassis Cambanis writes in The Boston GlobeCambanis' commentary follows the Arab Spring, what the region looks like today and what possible future Arab societies might have.

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Foreign Policy

West Bank Violence Threatens Peace Process

Blog Post by: Allison Good , on October 28, 2013

A new wave of violence concentrated in the West Bank threatens to undo progress made by the US-led peace process as Secretary of State John Kerry attempts negotiations in the region.

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#TCF Best: October 25, 2013

Blog Post by: Jessi Stafford , on October 25, 2013

Not exactly a light news cycle, #TCFBest this week covers the gamut: drones, voting rights and the small task of fixing everything. New Republic covers flawed drone reporting, Matthew Yglesias has a plan to save the world (or at least the United States) and PBS shows how employment affects voter turnout.

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Education

Five Key Features of Effective Schools

Blog Post by: Greg Anrig , on October 24, 2013

Greg Anrig, vice president of policy at TCF, is well-versed in the "recipe for effective schools," as detailed in The Washington Post's "The Answer Sheet." Anrig reviews a book by David Kirp, a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, titled Uncommon Scholars, as critiqued by Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst of the Brookings Institution. Scholars focuses on school districts in Union City, New Jersey.

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Good News From Europe’s Emissions Trading Scheme

Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on October 24, 2013

Critics of emissions trading point toward the potential negative effects of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme on private enterprise. However, power plants were able to pass on the input costs of fuel-switching to consumers, thereby increasing firms’ revenue. 

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Foreign Policy

From Rhetoric to Reality: Reframing U.S. Turkey Policy

Blog Post by: Morton Abramowitz , on October 24, 2013

A new report co-chaired by senior fellow Morton Abramowitz, "From Rhetoric to Reality: Reframing U.S. Turkey Policy," frames the evolution of the U.S.-Turkey relationship since the Cold War. This report is a product of Bipartisan Policy Center’s Foreign Policy Project

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Workers & Economic Inequality

Minimum Wage for Equality

Blog Post by: Zachary Bernstein , on October 24, 2013

Americans may not have a firm grasp on current minimum wage issues, but they do have an idea of where things should be when it comes to fair pay and living wages. If Americans are able to reconcile their goals with the present state of affairs, their ideals could be turned into reality.

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Education

State Spending Cuts Weaken Public Schools

Blog Post by: Kyle Bella , on October 23, 2013

To see how spending cuts directly affect education in the United States, one need not look further than Philadelphia.

In September 2013, Philadelphia public schools opened with 3,859 fewer staff members than the previous year after the Republican-dominated legislature and Governor Tom Corbett cut $961 million from public education.

Unfortunately, Philadelphia is not alone.

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