Additional Focus

You Won’t Find E-mails in a Trunk in the Attic

Blog Post by: Peter Osnos , on January 23, 2014

While digital archives don't clutter up the house, they lack poignancy.

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Additional Focus

Nature vs. Capitalism: Chemical Spill Edition

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. 

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Education

Poor College Students are No Laughing Matter

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

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Foreign Policy

Should the U.S. Worry About China’s Interest in Africa?

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.

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Additional Focus

#TCFBest: January 17, 2014

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.

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Workers & Economic Inequality

GOTD: Why Unemployed Workers Can’t Just “Get a Job”

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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Workers & Economic Inequality

How To Pay For Unemployment Benefits

Blog Post by: Zachary Bernstein , on January 16, 2014

Congress was finally able to pass a budget deal late last year, meaning there will be no more government shutdowns for the foreseeable future, at least for now. The deal did not extend long-term unemployment benefits, however, Blogger Zachary Bernstein offers solutions to help pay for these important services. 

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Workers & Economic Inequality

After All Is Said and Done, More Was Said than Done

Blog Post by: Daniel Alpert , on January 15, 2014

"An alarming proportion of the new job creation we saw in the first three quarters of 2013 were in low wage-paying sectors," writes fellow Daniel Alpert in his latest jobs report. The report looks at findings surrounding jobs created last year, and how the labor force and wages play into the report. 

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Workers & Economic Inequality

Port Authority Woes

Blog Post by: Richard C. Leone , on January 15, 2014

Former TCF president and current senior fellow Richard C. Leone writes about Chris Christie's ongoing scandal after the jamming of the George Washington Bridge at the Huffington Post.

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Additional Focus

Does the Death of Net Neutrality Mean the Death of Political Freedom?

Blog Post by: Jill Silos-Rooney , on January 15, 2014

The federal appeals court decision to allow telecom companies to broker deals for faster Internet speeds has major consequences for political freedom in the United States, writes blogger Jill Silos-Rooney

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