Blog Post by: Jessi Stafford , on January 3, 2014
Happy 2014 TCF-ers! This week’s #TCFBest begins with some nostalgia for a smaller city via Atlantic Cities’ portrait of city plans from 200 years ago. ThinkProgress offers some optimism in the world of healthcare, and Wonkblog brings us the graph of the year.
Blog Post by: Jill Silos-Rooney , on January 2, 2014
Student loan debt is one of today's college students' biggest concerns, and no wonder: a report issued in early December by the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) shows average student debt is currently $29,400 upon graduation. Blogger Jill Silos-Rooney discusses how student debt affects community college students in particular.
Blog Post by: Zachary Bernstein , on December 20, 2013
President Obama's approval ratings hit an all-time low of 38 percent earlier this month. Millennials, who helped him get elected and are crucial to the success of the healthcare law, were evenly balanced on the approval question. And for the first time, a majority of Americans said they did not believe Obama was trustworthy. Zachary Bernstein offers ways Obama could improve his reputation.
Blog Post by: Amanda Taurino , on December 19, 2013
The civil war in Syria is only getting worse, but the international community, particularly the U.S., turns a blind eye to those suffering in the war-torn country. TCF senior fellow Morton Abramowitz recently addressed this issue in the Washington Post -- blogger Amanda Taurino's followup calls upon the Responsibility to Protect.
Blog Post by: Jacob Anbinder , on December 18, 2013
Subway trains have dominated the national discussion since the December 1 Metro-North crash in the Bronx that left three people dead and prompted a wave of criticism directed at the MTA. The National Transportation Safety Board launched an investigation into the “safety culture” of the organization, while the MTA pledged to improve the warning mechanisms that might have prevented a crash. Jacob Anbinder writes, these tangential solutions are beside the point.
Blog Post by: Janet Wlody , on December 18, 2013
Beyond “physical” or tangible challenges that the poor, especially those in homeless shelters, face—like lack of funding or bureaucratic hurdles—there is that “pathological social environment with which Dasani must contend,” writes fellow Harold Pollack. A culture hostile to the poor creates inhospitable conditions for reform. Blogger Janet Wlody considers various viewpoints on concentrated poverty, particularly how education for low-income students is hindered.
Blog Post by: Allison Good , on December 18, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry continues to have faith in his intensive shuttle diplomacy aimed at producing a framework for a final-status agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and he appears to be the only major player left who does. Allison Good explains why.
Blog Post by: Peter Osnos , on December 17, 2013
Beijing and Moscow's media crackdown has deflected attention away from Washington's own shoddy treatment of journalists.
Blog Post by: Kyle Bella , on December 17, 2013
At the beginning of December, eight of the largest tech companies — Google, Apple, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL — penned an open letter to President Obama urging NSA reform. Blogger Kyle Bella writes about how this letter might influence Congress to limit the NSA.
Blog Post by: Amanda Taurino , on December 16, 2013
While the prevalence of school bullying may not have increased drastically in the last few years, awareness on the subject has grown, along with the severity of the issue. Blogger Amanda Taurino writes about the effects of bullying and analyzes the efficacy of anti-bullying programs in schools.
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