Blog Post by: Michael Cassidy , on December 12, 2013
Blogger Michael Cassidy wrote in detail last week about the disappearing worker in today's labor market, i.e. labor force participation is falling. Today's Graph of the Day shows this downward trend and the rapid decline of the labor force participation rate since 2008.
Blog Post by: Zachary Bernstein , on December 12, 2013
Since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, political contributions have taken an outsized role in the electoral process. The vast majority of money from the last election came from a very small percentage of Americans. Meanwhile, concerns about money in politics continues to grow, writes blogger Zachary Bernstein.
Blog Post by: Barton Gellman , on December 12, 2013
Senior fellow Barton Gellman's latest in the Washington Post discloses the NSA's use of Internet users' cookies from Google to pinpoint potential hacking targets. These new revelations bolster concern from privacy advocates about the use of these types of tracking tools, including location data.
Blog Post by: Andrew Fieldhouse , on December 12, 2013
While many politicians and advocates on both sides of the aisle talk a good game, only progressives are meaningfully pushing to increase public investment, fellow Andrew Fieldhouse writes. On the other hand, centrists use concern about public investment in the hopes of compelling progressives to make cuts to social insurance programs.
Blog Post by: Jill Silos-Rooney , on December 11, 2013
A new movement in higher education seeks to base school funding on pre-determined performance standards. This idea has some promise, as America’s college education rates lag behind our international peers. But, as blogger Jill Silos-Rooney investigates, much more research needs to be done before implementing these new standards.
Blog Post by: Moshe Marvit , on December 11, 2013
Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled to dismiss the Mulhall v. Unite Here Local 355 case in a lucky break for labor groups. Fellow Moshe Marvit discusses the decision and what it means for unions at In These Times.
Blog Post by: Jacob Anbinder , on December 10, 2013
Atlanta is a notoriously car-dependent city. But less than a year from now, downtown drivers in Georgia’s capital will have a new rival for the road: the Atlanta Streetcar. Blogger Jacob Anbinder writes about the inherent issues with cities spending more on less efficient streetcars than mass transit.
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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