Social Insurance

#TCFBest: January 3, 2014

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.

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Education

The High Cost of Student Debt

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.

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Social Insurance

How Obama Can Win America Back—Again

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.

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Foreign Policy

The Responsibility to Protect

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.

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Workers & Economic Inequality

A Transportation Debate, Derailed

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. 

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Social Insurance

Concentrated Poverty Impacts Student Achievement

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. 

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Foreign Policy

Kerry’s Battle with Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

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. 

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Foreign Policy

China and Russia Aren’t the Only Major Countries Repressing Journalism

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.

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Foreign Policy

A Growing Movement for NSA Surveillance Reform

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.

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Education

The Efficacy of Anti-Bullying Laws

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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