Blog Post by: Peter Osnos , on February 19, 2014
By breaking convention to publish a critical memoir while a president he served remains in office, the former defense secretary will help shape the historical record.
Blog Post by: Janet Wlody , on February 19, 2014
A Florida man by the name of Michael Dunn was convicted of three counts of attempted murder with a mistrial on a first-degree murder charge at the end of his highly controversial trial. His crime? Using Stand Your Ground to fire at a group of unarmed African American teenagers who were playing their music too loud. Janet Wlody discusses why Stand Your Ground is about more than just guns.
Blog Post by: , on February 16, 2014
This week #TCFBest peers behind the curtain at Amazon’s best-kept secret—an unregulated labor market that threatens to turn back the clock on 70 years of worker protections. We crank up a debate over a sweeping proposal from The New Atlantic to switch our cars from gasoline to methanol—a move that could disrupt OPEC’s stranglehold on energy prices and radically change American foreign policy in the process. Finally, we flip over to Slate, where Matt Yglesias asks whether consolidation in the cable industry has raised or lowered prices. The answer: It depends.
Blog Post by: Moshe Marvit , on February 15, 2014
Last night, workers at VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee narrowly voted not to join the United Auto Workers. The loss is a crushing blow to what the union had seen as a new Southern strategy. TCF fellow Moshe Marvit analyzes what went wrong in a campaign that once looked so promising.
Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on February 14, 2014
This month the Stanley Foundation published a new report on emerging areas of cooperation between developed and developing countries. While challenges exist, there is room for cautious optimism on global issues. There are promising avenues for cooperation to address them, writes policy associate Neil Bhatiya.
Blog Post by: Morton Abramowitz , on February 14, 2014
It is difficult to watch the West make believe it is doing much about the humanitarian situation inside Syria or about the political situation, indeed about anything inside Syria. But we comfort ourselves in the belief that we are a virtuous people helping millions as we continue to lack a serious resolution of the unending violence.
Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on February 13, 2014
Last week, Farooq Abdullah, India’s minister for New and Renewable Energy, gave a forthright defense of India’s pursuit of peaceful nuclear energy in the face of local protests against nuclear power plants in several Indian states. Neil Bhatiya discusses the implications for India.
Blog Post by: Michael Cassidy , on February 12, 2014
Many people thought they would never see the day, but at long last there is a woman at the helm of the world’s most sacred institution. Janet Yellen was sworn in on Monday as the first woman to chair the Board of Governors in the The Federal Reserve’s 101-year history. TCF blogger Michael Cassidy details her dove-ish ways.
Blog Post by: Zachary Bernstein , on February 10, 2014
Arguably the biggest part of President Obama’s State of the Union address last month was his executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 an hour. But how much does an executive order matter? Blogger Zachary Bernstein answers this question.
Blog Post by: Jill Silos-Rooney , on February 10, 2014
Earlier this month, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren responded to a new Congressional Budget Office report, calling the federal government “obscene” for earning $66 billion in profits from student loans between 2007 and 2012 — and that it is poised to collect another $185 billion in profits over the next decade. Blogger Jill Silos-Rooney writes about this in contrast to the increasing debt graduates suffer as a result of student loans.
Blog Post by: Benjamin Landy , on February 7, 2014
President Obama signed the 2014 Farm Bill today, locking in more than $8 billion in cuts to the nation's food stamp program. As many as 850,000 households will see their benefits drop by an average $90 per month when the law goes into effect. Benjamin Landy discusses why this happened.
Blog Post by: Moshe Marvit , on February 7, 2014
You can’t spend much time around the tech world without getting a little tired of hearing the word “disrupt.” Every new company is planning to disrupt a new industry. Amazon disrupted book retailers. And publishers. And brick and mortar retailers. In fact, Amazon is probably the mother of all disruptive tech companies. Read more from fellow Moshe Marvit on his recent article in The Nation about crowdworking.
Blog Post by: Jacob Anbinder , on February 3, 2014
But just outside the stadium, a different drama began to unfold shortly after the game, writes Jacob Anbinder.
Blog Post by: Michael Cassidy , on February 2, 2014
If you’re anything like most people, chances are you haven’t cashed out your retirement savings to see the Denver Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks in this Sunday’s Super Bowl. There’s just one problem.
Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on January 30, 2014
Climate change is a threat to U.S. national security. That’s from no less a source than James Clapper, the director of national intelligence. TCF’s Neil Bhatiya has more on Wednesday’s release of the latest Worldwide Threat Assessment from the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Blog Post by: Jacob Anbinder , on January 30, 2014
As if we needed another reminder, the Super Bowl is this Sunday, the first ever to take place in the New York area. It's been dubbed the "Mass Transit Super Bowl," but transit advocates might not be familiar with the official plans.
Blog Post by: Zachary Bernstein , on January 29, 2014
One of the most confounding things about today’s Supreme Court is that many justices regard the right to make political contributions more worthy of protection than the actual right to vote. Blogger Zachary Bernstein discusses the Voting Rights Act and its fight to protect minority voters.
Blog Post by: Charles R. Morris , on January 27, 2014
In a recent New York Times op-ed piece piece, Steve Rattner, a former private equity mogul and an adviser to the Obama administration, warns against the “gauzy” and “breathless” claims of a manufacturing renaissance in the United States. However, manufacturing jobs stimulate the creation of more new jobs in service and other sectors than other employment sectors do. Read the rebuttal from fellow Charles Morris.
Blog Post by: Jessi Stafford , on January 26, 2014
#TCFBest says farewell to Ezra Klein as he leaves the Washington Post’s Wonkblog. Don’t fret: Klein’s morning policy news primer, Wonkbook, will continue to round up the latest policy journalism and graphs. An opinion editorial from Al Jazeera America poses the loaded question,”Do Syria and Iraq still exist?” New Republic breaks down a recent David Brooks column in the New York Times about “mistakes” made in early education.
Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on January 24, 2014
While President Obama has generally talked a good game about climate change, his actions on this front have generally left much to be desired. Here are three first steps that the president should take in matching actions to his words in 2014.
Blog Post by: Janet Wlody , on January 23, 2014
Freedom Industries has filed for bankruptcy. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, this is the same company whose storage tanks failed, spilling carcinogens into the Elk River and polluting the water supplies of nine West Virginia counties. Since the spill, a second chemical has been unearthed by a probe investigating the spill site. Janet Wlody explains how these industries prey upon nearby residents...and it's no accident.
Blog Post by: Jill Silos-Rooney , on January 22, 2014
The phrase “poor college student” has long been part of our academic lexicon. But those jokes lose their humor when faced with the fact that many college students today are often life-threateningly poor: so poor they may not have a place to sleep at night, writes blogger Jill Silos-Rooney.
Blog Post by: Allison Good , on January 21, 2014
Africa’s continent-wide boom in oil and natural gas exploration and production is on pace to change the energy import-export landscape in the near future, but this dynamic transformation also has national security implications for the United States, particularly vis-à-vis China, writes Allison Good.
Blog Post by: Jessi Stafford , on January 18, 2014
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, readers. #TCFBest takes a look at an essay from Vice about what it means to be a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood. At The Atlantic Cities, Jordan Weissmann details the life of a collage grad in a dead-end job and The Nation explains how Wall Street is fighting to thwart eminent domain plans.
Blog Post by: Benjamin Landy , on January 16, 2014
On December 28, roughly 1.3 million Americans lost their unemployment insurance after Congress failed to renew an emergency program that would have extended benefits for the long-term jobless. Policy associate Benjamin Landy shows the condescension of "solutions" telling the unemployed to simply "get a job."
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