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Strange bedfellows: Putin, the Chomskyite left and the ghosts of the Cold War
Thanassis Cambanis July 28, 2014

TCF fellow, Thanassis Cambanis, has been quoted in a Salon article about the discourse surrounding the Ukraine crisis.

One of the weirder side effects of the Ukraine crisis and the West’s heated confrontation with Vladimir Putin’s Russia has been the reappearance of all kinds of complicated ideological rifts and conflicts left over from the Cold War. It’s as if the disease that afflicted and divided the world between 1946 and 1991 went into remission for 20-odd years but was never cured; given the right combination of rising temperatures, demagoguery and widespread confusion, the virus woke up and spread in all directions.

Another way of looking at this question is that Cold War fever never abated in America but was diverted to other purposes, most notably the unsatisfying and amorphous “war on terror,” in which the goals, the tactics, the strategy and even the enemy were never entirely clear. In that context, the rise of a renewed Russian imperial power was almost a relief to the powers that be. It was like encountering a high school sweetheart who’s still looking foxy at the 20-year reunion dance.

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This Congressman Wants To Give You The Right To Sue Union Busters
Moshe Marvit July 28, 2014

TCF fellow, Moshe Marvit, has been quoted in a Huffington Post article about the Ellison/Lewis civil rights bill.

If your boss tramples on your right to organize in the workplace, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) believes you should be able to sue for damages in federal court. He plans to introduce a bill in Congress next week that would grant you that very right.

"Union busters are on the march and are aggressive," Ellison, a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told HuffPost. "I think the [legal] options that are offered by the current process are not adequate."

Under U.S. labor law, workers have relatively limited recourse in the face of union busting. When workers are fired for union organizing, they can file what's known as an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board, the agency that enforces labor law. If the board pursues the charge against the employer, the worker can win back pay and reinstatement, but not the sort of damages associated with, say, sexual discrimination in the workplace.

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The world’s next nations: a brief guide
Thanassis Cambanis July 28, 2014

TCF fellow, Thanassis Cambanis, writes about independence movements taking place around the world, in a piece for The Boston Globe.

Surveying our violent and sometimes weird world, it might seem that things change only for the worse. Tensions between Moscow and Washington, with ripple effects across the globe? Check. Iranian ayatollahs fulminating against the Satanic West? Check. Israel and Palestine at war again? Check.

But one historically bloody rite of passage seems to have gotten a lot easier of late: the birth of a nation.

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Playing ball with public dollars
Amy Dean July 28, 2014

Al Jazeera America has published a piece by TCF fellow, Amy Dean, about taxpayer funding of sports venues.

Again and again the same old story plays out in sports stadiums across the country. Team owners in the NFL, MLB and NBA demand hundreds of millions of dollars in public assistance in order to build new venues. Sometimes they offer a carrot: a vague, far-off promise of jobs and future tax revenue. But often they offer only the stick: the threat that they’ll move their team elsewhere if a city or state government does not comply with their demand.

Years later, the promised economic benefits rarely materialize, and taxpayers are left nursing old wounds. Yet sports owners start the process all over again — demanding new rounds of subsidies and tax breaks … or else.

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Should the Fed have to play by a rule?
Mark Thoma July 24, 2014

TCF fellow, Mark Thoma, published a piece on the proposed Federal Reserve Accountability and Transparency Act for CBS News.

What if the U.S. Federal Reserve Board had to implement monetary policy according to a specific rule that would require specific policy actions depending on the circumstances?

That's the intent of a bill Republicans in the House of Representatives recently proposed. The Federal Reserve Accountability and Transparency Act would require the Fed to formulate and make public a monetary policy rule and provide added transparency about the reasons for the Fed's interest rate recommendations.

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BuzzFeed’s Favorite Business Stories From The New Yorker’s Newly Free Archives
Patrick Radden Keefe July 22, 2014

Buzzfeed has featured TCF fellow, Patrick Radden Keefe's article about Ecuador's fight against Chevron, in its list of favorite business stories from The New Yorker.

Ecuador fought Chevron in U.S. courts over environmental damage the country says was caused by oil exploration, but the only ones who lost were Ecuador’s lawyers.

See the full Buzzfeed list, and read Patrick Radden Keefe's full article.

Tax Inversions Must Be Stopped Now
Edward D. Kleinbard July 22, 2014

TCF fellow Edward Kleinbard published a piece at The Wall Street Journal discussing tax inversions.

Excerpt:

In an inversion, a large U.S. firm acquires a much smaller target company domiciled in a tax-friendly jurisdiction such as Ireland or the U.K., but the deal is structured so that the foreign minnow swallows the domestic whale. U.S. shareholders of the U.S. firm must pay immediate capital gains tax for the privilege of inversion, and the U.S. company ends up as the nominal subsidiary of a publicly held foreign corporation.
The deals are driven by planning to avoid paying the U.S. tax that applies when firms repatriate their low-taxed foreign earnings to the U.S. This has triggered demands—most recently, from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew —to close down inversions through the tax code, or to deprive inverted firms of government contracts or other benefits.

Read the article here.

Is There a State that Can Broker a Gaza Cease-Fire?
Michael Wahid Hanna July 22, 2014

Al Jazeera America quoted TCF senior fellow Michael Hanna in a recent article discussing Gaza.

Excerpt:

While diplomacy aimed at halting the violence in Gaza quickened worldwide on Monday, the continued lack of a viable mediation path highlighted an increasingly problematic question: Is there a state capable of mediating a cease-fire?
The only thing virtually all parties seem to agree on in the midst of the current violence is that the status quo is undesirable, but there is almost no agreement on how to move forward. “It’s a pretty disastrous game of chicken at the moment,” said Michael Wahid Hanna, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation in New York.
Both Israel and Hamas went into the current conflict with broader goals compared to the last Gaza conflicts and “that makes the opening positions of all these actors more difficult to bridge,” he said.

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New Blueprint for US Workplace: Ellen Bravo on the Fight for Paid Family Leave
Amy Dean July 22, 2014

TCF fellow, Amy Dean, interviews Ellen Bravo about the fight for paid family leave, for a piece published on Truthout.

Too many Americans are going to work sick or unable to take time to care for a family member. Ellen Bravo explains how we can change that.

When American workers finally get paid family leave, it's no exaggeration to say that they'll have Ellen Bravo to thank. Bravo, director of Family Values @Work, a 21-state coalition that is working to pass paid leave legislation at both the state and national level, has worked to organize women and men with this one policy goal for several decades. Bravo, who both wears her working-class identity proudly and can deliver data-driven talking points like a seasoned policy wonk, says that although the majority of employees are women working outside the home, most workplaces are still designed for men with wives at home.

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No, the Halbig case isn’t going to destroy Obamacare
Harold Pollack July 22, 2014

TCF fellow, Harold Pollack, is quoted in Ezra Klein's article on Vox about the Halbig case.

The Halbig case could destroy Obamacare. But it won't. The Supreme Court simply isn't going to rip insurance from tens of millions of people in order to teach Congress a lesson about grammar.

As Adrianna McIntyre explains, the Halbig case holds that Obamacare's subsidies are illegal in the 36 states where the federal government runs (or partly runs) the exchange. The plaintiffs rely on an unclearly worded sentence in the law to argue that Congress never intended to provide subsidies in federally-run exchanges and so the subsidies that are currently being provided in those 36 states are illegal and need to stop immediately.

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This summit will reinforce the importance of racial and socioeconomic diversity in higher education, and identify new paths to achieving these goals relative to legal constraints recently determined by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The New Internationalism: Foreign Policy After Afghanistan and Iraq
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Educational Justice and the Integration of America’s Schools
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg joins the Shanker Institute for a panel discussion marking the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Today, the promise of that historic decision remains unfulfilled. The progress made toward desegregating American schools has not simply stalled, but is increasingly being reversed across the nation. Today, New York schools are the most segregated in the nation.
Inequality Begins at Birth: Child Poverty in America
June 10, 2014 8:30 AM - 3:30 PMJoin TCF's newest fellow Jeff Madrick for a day-long event to discuss America's child poverty problem. The conference, Inequality Begins at Birth: Child Poverty in America, is sponsored by The Century Foundation’s Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative, the Roosevelt Institute and the Academic Pediatric Association. America’s child poverty rate, currently above 22 percent—the highest in the developed world—is one of the nation’s gravest social problems. On June 10, keynote speaker Senator Cory Booker and three panels of economists, policy experts, and child povertyactivists will come together to discuss solutions for helping the nation’s most vulnerable. Lunch will be provided. There will be a live web cast of the event. RSVP HERE.
Richard Kahlenberg speaks at National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development
May 27, 2014 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg will give a keynote lecture for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. Hear from “best-in-class” general session keynote speakers and be inspired by their insights and advice. Gain valuable information from some of the brightest stars in education today as they share their experience and expertise.
FRONTLINE presents “United States of Secrets” feat. Barton Gellman
May 20, 2014 at 9:00 p.m.TCF senior fellow Barton Gellman is featured in the new FRONTLINE special, United States of Secrets. How did the government come to spy on millions of Americans? In United States of Secrets, a two-part series airing May 13 and 20, FRONTLINE goes behind the headlines to reveal the dramatic inside story of the U.S. government’s massive and controversial secret surveillance program—and the lengths they went to trying to keep it hidden from the public.
Degrees of Inequality: A Conversation with Suzanne Mettler and MSNBC’s Joy Reid
MAY 13, 2014 6:30 PM - 9:00 PMYou're invited to join TCF fellow Suzanne Mettler as she discusses her new book, Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream with MSNBC's Joy ReidDegrees of Inequality dissects student aid policies and calls attention to the problems of rising tuition prices, high student loan debt, and weak employment prospects. Mettler outlines what has gone wrong with our system of education over the last thirty years—and what lawmakers on both sides of the aisle must do to bring about reform. RSVP here! This event is in collaboration with Cornell University.
Defying Injustice: Lessons from Defeating Apartheid to the Arab Spring
April 10, 2014 at 6:00 PMThis interactive dialogue, led by Gay McDougall, brings together scholars, researchers and activists from diverse social movements to consider how the fight against apartheid can inform current social movements. Join TCF senior fellow Michael Wahid Hanna and other panelists for this exciting event.
Neighborhoods with Concentrated Poverty with Paul Jargowsky, Patrick Sharkey, Ta-Nehisi Coates
April 10 at 2 p.m. ESTOn Thursday, April 10 at 2 p.m. ET, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and The Century Foundation will hold a discussion on the long-term and devastating impact growing up in high-poverty neighborhoods has on children, with leading experts TCF's Paul Jargowsky, NYU's Patrick Sharkey, Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic and Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. EPI Research Associate Richard Rothstein will moderate.
 

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