#TCFBest has been sporadic since the beginning of the holiday season (sorry!), but it’s back today with a tribute to revolutionary Nelson Mandela, who passed away yesterday. Stateside, fast food workers are fighting for a fair wage and, in related news, recipients of unemployment benefits may see empty stockings this Christmas if Congress doesn’t act quickly to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation.READ MORE
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This year, Publisher's Weekly awarded their Person of the Year honor to Oren Teicher, CEO of the American Booksellers Association, and the ABA's board of directors, the organization that represents the country's independent book stores—and the accolade is justified.READ MORE
A new issue brief written by The Century Foundation's Charles Morris examines the potential of United States exports of natural gas and whether or not we should get involved with unlimited exports in the first place.READ MORE
This week's #TCFBest looks at the increasing role of poverty in Philadelphia’s schools, invites us to learn about U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations and wraps-up with a look at the reform needed to prevent another situation like last month’s government shutdown — particularly eliminating Republican obstruction in the Senate.READ MORE
Andrew and Stephen Schlesinger write in the Huffington Post this week about the newly released book honoring Arthur Schlesinger, titled The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. In this post are excerpts from Arthur's letters to various editors at different publications. The result is a glimpse of a man who stood up for what he believed.
"As revealed in The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., the historian, Democratic Party activist, and presidential adviser (1917-2007) wielded his pen as a literary weapon -- for criticism, for influence, for chiding, for self-advancement, for righting wrongs and for waving the flag of progressivism. In the following letters from the book, Schlesinger excoriates editors of eminent publications for misrepresentations and falsehoods which could damage his reputation or the reputations of his friends, in the process belittling the liberal movement. He also felt it incumbent upon himself as a historian to correct errors seeping into the public record.
Other recipients of letters collected in the Random House book and edited by his two sons Andrew and Stephen Schlesinger, include John, Robert, and Jacqueline Kennedy, Harry Truman, Adlai Stevenson, Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon Johnson, Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Eleanor Roosevelt, John Kenneth Galbraith, Gore Vidal, Bill Buckley, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Katharine Graham."
President Barack Obama appeared in New Orleans on Friday to deliver a speech on the economy, and to urge Louisiana to expand Medicaid coverage. While national media focused on the Commander in Chief’s healthcare plan, the backdrop against which he spoke—the Port of New Orleans—is equally as important. Blogger Allison Good discusses the benefits of the Panama Canal expansion for some port cities, though the benefits are not for all.READ MORE
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