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Eyes on Tennessee as it begins free community college plan
Richard D. Kahlenberg April 16, 2014

TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg appears in the Tennessean regarding his research on community colleges as Tennessee adopts a new community college plan.


"Governors across the country will be watching to see how the Tennessee plan plays out as they all try to figure out how to best tap into the talents of an increasingly diverse student population," said Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank.

Read the full piece here.

The Number of Americans Living in High-Poverty Neighborhoods Is Still on the Rise
Paul Jargowsky April 16, 2014

TCF fellow Paul Jargowsky's latest research on concentrated poverty gets a write-up in Atlantic Cities.


What does that look like in hard numbers? As the Century Foundation's Paul Jargowsky puts it, "just over 4,000 neighborhoods (5.6 percent of all U.S. census tracts) now exceed the 40 percent poverty threshold, up from 3,800 since the last ACS data was released in 2011."

Read the full article here.

Don’t think you can fool the IRS
Edward D. Kleinbard April 15, 2014

PoliticoPro cites TCF fellow Edward Kleinbard in a recent story on the ongoing IRS "scandal" over audit rates.


“What’s happening over the years is that the IRS has relied more on systems and less on traditional audits so the audit effort can be focused on places where there are real issues,” said Edward Kleinbard, a professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and former chief of staff at the Joint Committee on Taxation. “The IRS has been significantly underfunded relative to the number of burdens placed on it.”

Read more here.

Edward Snowden: A whistle-blowing outlaw, now with a Pulitzer Prize to his name http://www.latimes.
Barton Gellman April 15, 2014

More from the media on Barton Gellman et al.'s Pulitzer Prize win, and what it means for Edward Snowden's revelations.

LA Times:

But Barton Gellman of the Post eventually convinced me that it was impossible to explain the NSA’s “back door” collection of data on Americans — information scooped up overseas that would have been illegal to collect inside the United States — without describing where it came from.


Bart Gellman is by no means done with reporting on the NSA. His stories for The Washington Post won a Public Service Pulitzer today, a prize he and collaborators, including Ashkan Soltani and Laura Poitras, shared with The Guardian for their reporting on Edward Snowden’s revelations. “Look, there are more great stories to do, and I have a book to write, so I will be on this subject for time to come,” Gellman said by phone.

Students question use of legacy admission
Richard D. Kahlenberg April 14, 2014

In the Brown Daily Herald, TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg is cited for his work on affirmative action and fairness in college admissions.


But no research or evidence supports the premise that alum parents are more likely to give to a college if their children also attend, said Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation who focuses on education issues.

Read the full article here.

The Devastating Effects of Concentrated Poverty
Paul Jargowsky April 14, 2014

Following a joint event with the Economic Policy Institute and TCF, Ta-Nehesi Coats published a new piece at The Atlantic on concentrated poverty where he cites TCF fellow Paul Jargowsky's latest research. 

Read Coates' take here.

Innovation: The Government Was Crucial After All
Jeff Madrick April 14, 2014

TCF fellow Jeff Madrick just published his latest book reviews at The New York Review of Books. Here, Madrick covers The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths by Mariana Mazzucato and Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: Markets, Speculation and the State by William H. Janeway.

Read the full article here.

Why are we so afraid of a comprehensive jobs plan?
Jeff Madrick April 14, 2014

Originally published at the Roosevelt Institute's Next New Deal, TCF fellow Jeff Madrick republishes his piece for Salon on his recommendations for a jobs plan.


In a new report, A Bold Approach to the Jobs Emergency, the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative offers fifteen ideas that could get us back to true full employment and at the same time build a foundation for rapid economic growth in the future. We are demanding a full-court press to recreate the economic opportunity that America once offered. We emphasize some ideas that have been heard before, but many that are forced to the back seat or are hardly talked about at all.

Read the full article at Salon.

Even As Jobs Numbers Seem Better…
Jeff Madrick April 14, 2014

At the Campaign for America's Future blog Our Future, TCF fellow Jeff Madrick is cited for his research on the "jobs emergency."


Give people a raise. Madrick at Next New Deal writes that we should give people a raise: “The bill before Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 may still not pass, but intelligently designed studies suggest such a hike could lift … 6 million people out of poverty and provide raises for about 25 million people.”

Read the full article here.

Glenn Greenwald Greeted by Media Scrum on His Return to the USA
Barton Gellman April 14, 2014

Many articles in the past few weeks were dedicated to the return of Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras to the states, the nomination of the Washington Post and the Guardian US for Pulitzer Prizes, and TCF senior fellow Barton Gellman's receipt of a Polk Award, also alongside Poitras and Greenwald. Below are a few excerpts from the coverage.

From New York magazine:

If America’s spy agencies were monitoring the ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel today — and who’s to say they weren’t? — they certainly got an earful. The occasion, the annual George Polk Awards in Journalism, drew an impressive collection of intelligence world scourges. There was New York Times reporter James Risen, who is fighting an order to testify against a former CIA officer who allegedly was a source. There was Barton Gellman, who was being honored for publishing some of Edward Snowden’s leaks in the Washington Post. There was Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, whose paper was instrumental in bringing the surveillance story to light in the face of threats from the British government. But the really high-value targets were running late. 

From Huffington Post:

Greenwald drew a distinction between his situation and that of Gellman, who has not been been similarly singled out by the government. Gellman, who didn't meet with Snowden in Hong Kong but interviewed him later in Moscow, has continued to live in the U.S. while reporting for The Washington Post. Greenwald and Poitras, however, have lived abroad the entire time and have published these documents with news outlets worldwide.

Other articles were published in Chron, Vanity Fair, Mashable, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Reuters, and Truthout (for starters). 

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