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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.

Read more here.

AIDS Researcher Who Died in Malaysia Airlines Crash Was A Scientific Hero
Harold Pollack July 21, 2014

TCF fellow Harold Pollack published a piece at New Republic discussing the AIDS researcher, Joep Lange, who died in the Malaysia Airlines crash.

Excerpt:

A considerable, but as-yet unknown number of public health activists and researchers were apparently on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, headed to the huge international AIDS conference being held in Melbourne, Australia.
Joep Lange, the 2002–2004 president of the International AIDS Society, was one of those among the confirmed dead. A key figure in the Netherlands' outsized contribution in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Lange was one of the world’s most distinguished researchers in this area. An early proponent of combination therapy in HIV treatment, he was a leader in efforts to make HIV medications accessible to low-income patients around the world.

Read the article here.

Poor Teens’ Health May Benefit From Top Schools
July 21, 2014

AP quotes TCF fellow Harold Pollack in a recent article discussing teen health.

Excerpt:

Most of the selected kids chose to attend those schools, while 83 percent of those not picked went to schools with worse performance records. Math and English scores after freshman year were higher in selected kids than the other teens. Moreover, just 9 percent of the selected kids dropped out of school, versus almost 1 in 4 of the others.
Prof. Harold Pollack, a University of Chicago public health researcher, said the study is important and highlights the challenge — and need to — create "a much larger number of schools that serve kids well."
Pollack said better academic performance among the charter school kids is likely more important for their long-term health than their risky behavior choices. "Educational outcomes are just so critical for people's well-being," he said.

Read the article here.

Merger Rush for Offshore Tax Break Bets on U.S. Stalemate
Edward D. Kleinbard July 21, 2014

Bloomberg mentions TCF fellow Edward Kleinbard in a recent article discussing tax-reducing offshore mergers.

Excerpt:

Under current rules, U.S. companies can change their tax home through a merger if the former shareholders of the foreign company own at least 20 percent of the combined company. Executives aren’t required to move and many inverted companies are run from the U.S.
The proposed law would raise that threshold to 50 percent. It wouldn’t affect companies with completed inversions, such as Eaton Corp Plc and Actavis Plc.
Congress also should limit inverted companies from using offshore profits that haven’t been taxed by the U.S., said Edward Kleinbard, former chief of staff of the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.

Read more here.

Rep. Keith Ellison Wants to Make Union Organizing a Civil Right
Richard D. Kahlenberg, Moshe Marvit July 21, 2014

MSNBC quotes and makes a reference to TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg and TCF fellow Moshe Marvit's book called Why Labor Organizing Should Be A Civil Right in a recent article discussing union organizing.

Excerpt:

Ellison said he got the idea for the bill from a book called Why Labor Organizing Should Be A Civil Right, written by Century Foundation fellows Richard Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit. Shortly before the book’s release in early 2012, the two authors presented a synopsis of its core argument in an op-ed for The New York Times.
“Our proposal would make disciplining or firing an employee ‘on the basis of seeking union membership’ illegal just as it now is on the basis of race, color, sex, religion and national origin,” they wrote in the op-ed. “It would expand the fundamental right of association encapsulated in the First Amendment and apply it to the private workplace just as the rights of equality articulated in the 14th Amendment have been so applied.”

Read the article here

Big Ideas: On Basketball, Prisons and Kansas
Clio Chang July 21, 2014

The Washington Examiner mentions TCF's rediscovering government intern Clio Chang in a recent article discussing her blog post on prison gerrymandering.

Excerpt:

The official name for this phenomenon is prison gerrymandering — an issue gaining traction as America’s prison population grows.
The root of the problem stems from tabulation methods by the Census Bureau, which counts prisoners as residents of their prison district rather than as constituents of their original neighborhoods.
However, since 48 states deny prisoners the right to vote, this method transfers electoral weight from the prisoner’s original district to the prison district.

Read the article here.

After Brief Lull in Gaza Crisis, Airstrikes Resume
Michael Wahid Hanna July 18, 2014

The New York Times quotes TCF senior fellow Michael Hanna in a recent article discussing airstrikes in Gaza.

Excerpt:

Some analysts said that Egypt had laid a trap for Hamas and that Mr. Sisi saw a confluence of interests with Israel in battering a mutual enemy. The Egyptians “probably knew that the Israelis are not willing to deal any concessions,” said Michael Wahid Hanna, an Egypt analyst at the Century Foundation in New York. “If you know that both sides are going to be intransigent, you can’t be a broker.”

Read the article here.

Beyond the PDF – Communicating Academic Research Digitally
The Century Foundation July 18, 2014

Bulletin mentions The Century Foundation in a recent article discussing digital communications in academic research.

Excerpt:

But the future of research communications undoubtedly lies in maximising the potential of what US think tank The Century Foundation calls (via the always excellent wonkcomms.net) ‘digitally-native’ reports and stories – something that has become a key part of own work at Bulletin.
A lot of the most innovative digital storytelling techniques are coming courtesy of the media (with the New York Times blazing a trail) and the think tank sector, particularly in the United States. We are pushing UK universities to take note – if university research is to play a more influential role in shaping social and economic policy, and enriching our culture, then they need to make sure the way they tell their research stories is fit for the digital age.

Read the article here.

Does Integration Still Matter in Public Schools?
Richard D. Kahlenberg July 18, 2014

PBS Frontline spoke with TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg as he discussed why integration matters and why he believes it should take on a new meaning in the 21st century.

Excerpt:

New studies have found that in some places, public schools are as segregated as they were in 1968. Does that matter?
To my mind, it’s hugely significant. If you think about the two fundamental purposes of public education, it’s to promote social mobility so that a child, no matter her circumstances, can, through a good education, go where her God-given talents would take her. The second purpose is to strengthen our democracy by creating intelligent and open-minded citizens, and related to that, to build social cohesion.

Read the transcript here.

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Lumina Ideas Summit: New Pathways to Higher Education Diversity
June 17, 2014 9:00 AM

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
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT)TCF fellow Michael Cohen joins other panelists to discuss foreign policy after the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The American Conservative with The American Prospect and the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies are hosting the event in Washington, D.C.
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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