Workers & Economic Inequality

America’s Industrial Rebound Is Not a Myth

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.

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Workers & Economic Inequality

Unpaid Heroes

Blog Post by: Michael Cassidy , on January 27, 2014

While college sports are often associated with scandal surrounding improper payments and bribes, college athletes are a part of perhaps the most unequal workplace of all. Mike Cassidy has more on the subject. 

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Additional Focus

#TCFBest January 25, 2014

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.

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Foreign Policy

Black Swans and Climate Change

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.

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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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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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#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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