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TCF Pledges Support to Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color

November 16, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: The Century Foundation TOPICS: Additional Focus, News About TCF

The Century Foundation will dedicate $250,000 in resources over the next five years to advancing equity for women and girls of color.

Tags: women, white house, melissa harris perry

Topeka lawyer Harry Colmery built today’s United States with his G.I. Bill

Despite having such a widespread impact on the lives of veterans, the GI Bill remains a mystery to many. Also known as the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, the GI Bill was penned by a Topeka Lawyer by the name of Harry W. Colmery, who forever changed history. TCF's Suzanne Mettler cites the importance of educational benefits to veterans in her book, "Soldiers to Citizens," which is mentioned in the article in tribue to Colmery.

Colmery’s work with the American Legion gave him firsthand knowledge of how poorly many veterans had fared after World War I. Maimed from war, many had little help in returning to civilian life. The Great Depression only added to their struggles.
In 1932, 20,000 unemployed veterans had marched to Washington, seeking promised compensation for their service that had never materialized. President Herbert Hoover called out federal troops, led by Gen. Douglas MacArthur, and ran them off.

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Learn more about Suzanne Mettler's book Soldiers to Citizens.

Tags: military, legislation, gi bill, education benefits

Elections come and go; Obamacare is forever

A hefty statistic on the collective number of seats in government that Democrats have lost since President Obama took office in 2009 has been making the rounds lately. But as TCF fellow Michael Cohen writes, while these numbers may be "ugly," they are slightly misleading. What's more, they fail to recognize the major gains that Obama and the Democratic majority achieved during his first few years in office — including passing Obamacare into law.

It’s not surprising that, in a horserace political environment, we overemphasize political results. And there are certainly negative consequences for Democrats of losing so much political ground, particularly in state legislatures. It will take years to claw those seats back, and Republicans still have the ability to repeal major elements of Obama’s legislative legacy. But ultimately, Democrats were likely going to lose many of those seats anyway — what matters most is not politics, but policy, and what Democrats did with their fleeting majorities.

Read the rest of Cohen's article in the Boston Globe.

The Important Role of Adaptation in a Durable Paris Agreement

November 5, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: Neil Bhatiya TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Climate Change, Additional Focus, Climate Change

Each country has now submitted their individual climate change mitigation proposals, but one element has lacked sufficient attention in the aftermath: the role of adaptation.

Tags: unfccc, paris, climate policy, climate change

CARPE DIEM: Award-winning columnist and analyst, Jonathan Alter

October 28, 2015 BY: Jonathan Alter TOPICS: Additional Focus, Special Projects

Watch Jonathan Alter speak with "Carpe Diem" host Merrill Brown, director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University to discuss politics, how the current campaign is being covered, and the media landscape.

Tags: elections, commentary

Costs and Consequences of the War on Drugs

By Patrick Radden Keefe

TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality, Poverty, Additional Focus, War on Drugs

In this series, TCF senior fellow Patrick Radden Keefe takes stock of the history of—and the damage done—by America's decades-long war on drugs. 

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