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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Education

GOTD: The Increasing Cost of Higher Education

Blog Post by: Benjamin Landy , on December 5, 2013

The rising level of student loan debt isn't the problem, it's a symptom. The real problem is the rising cost of college itself. Benjamin Landy's latest Graph of the Day details how much public education has increased in a generation.

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Workers & Economic Inequality

The Case of the Disappearing Worker: Part One

Post by: Michael Cassidy , on December 5, 2013

If you’ve been following the latest jobs numbers, you probably noticed two things: (1) The U.S. continues to add private sector jobs at a healthy pace. (2) Unemployment is gradually edging downwards. Both are positive signs for our still sluggish recovery. But there are other factors to worry about: a shrinking labor force.

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Foreign Policy

NSA Tracking Cellphone Locations Worldwide, Snowden Documents Show

Blog Post by: , on December 5, 2013

The National Security Agency is tracking cellphone locations around the world, according to top secret documents. My latest piece for the Washington Post reveals that the agency is collecting nearly 5 billion records a day and is using those records to track movements and map relationships. 

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Foreign Policy

Regional Consequences of Iran’s Nuclear Deal

Blog Post by: Thanassis Cambanis , on December 4, 2013

On his website, TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis recently wrote an article entitled, "Regional realignment with Hezbollah, Assad & Iran?" prompted by the assassination of a Hezbollah official in Beirut yesterday. Cambanis outlines ways in which we can spot real change after Iran's nuclear deal.

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