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Shannon Rieger Wins Janice Nittoli “Forward Thinking” Award

May 22, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: The Century Foundation TOPICS: Additional Focus, News About TCF, Special Projects

The Century Foundation is pleased to announce that the inaugural recipient of the Janice Nittoli "Forward Thinking" Award is Shannon Rieger of Berkeley, California.

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Sunset the Patriot Act (In Defense of Doing the “Irresponsible” Thing)

May 21, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: Sam Adler-Bell TOPICS: Additional Focus, Privacy & Surveillance

Will Congress find a way to extend key surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act—set to expire June 1—before leaving for a weeklong recess beginning Monday? TCF policy associate Sam Adler-Bell says they should do the "irresponsbile" thing: nothing.

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Tags: surveillance, republicans, patriot act, nsa, edward snowden

The Democrats Need to Stand for Something

May 18, 2015 BY: Amy Dean TOPICS: Additional Focus

At least for the time being, it seems as though there is little doubt that Hillary Clinton will represent the Democratic Party on the 2016 presidential ballot. However, the lack of a competitive Democratic primary may be a missed opportunity for Democrats when it comes to defining an overarching vision for the party, says TCF fellow Amy Dean.

Bottom-up dialogue between leading candidates and the base of the party is essential if the Democrats are to be a real party — a unified movement with a shared politics — rather than just a cult of personality. Without a vision for the nation forged in this type of intra-party conversation and backed by grassroots buy-in, the odds are that Clinton will maintain the Democratic Party’s uninspiring position as a Republican-lite entity. And running as a lesser-evil candidate is a recipe for an uninspiring contest.

Check out Dean's full commentary piece at Al Jazeera America.

Tags: presidential race, hillary clinton, democratic party

Reporting on the NSA Before It Was Cool

TCF senior fellow Patrick Radden Keefe joined ProPublica this week to discuss his reporting on the National Security Agency long before the Edward Snowden leaks, as well as where his work has led him since then.

As a reporter who covered the National Security Agency before before the Edward Snowden documents brought it to the mainstream, Patrick Radden Keefe of The New Yorker says it would be easy to feel jealous of the journalists breaking those stories now. “But I’ve sort of moved on,” Keefe says, “and I watch those stories with great interest.”

Listen to Radden Keefe's conversation with ProPublica's Eric Umansky and Jesse Eisinger here.

Tags: propublica, nsa, new yorker

Jeb Bush Must Resolve Brotherly Dilemma

May 15, 2015 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Additional Focus

Jeb Bush may have aspirations to take the White House in 2016, but as TCF fellow Michael Cohen explains, there's a dilemma at the heart of his presidential ambitions—his ties to America's 43rd president.

The problem, of course, is Jeb’s greatest political liability is voter fear that he would represent a third Bush term in office. He has the highest unfavorability rating (48 percent) of any Republican presidential office-seeker. A recent CBS poll found that 49 percent of independents wouldn’t consider voting for him (the same poll recorded a favorability rating of 30 percent for George W). These numbers are almost certainly a reflection of last name recognition — and not in a good way.

Check out Cohen's article in the Boston Globe.

Tags: presidential election, jeb bush, bush, boston globe

House Passes USA (Slightly More) Freedom Act

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the USA Freedom Act, which reauthorizes and reforms key measures of the Patriot Act. TCF policy associate Sam Adler-Bell explains what this means.

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