On Wednesday, September 19, the American Enterprise Institute, the Center for a New American Security, and the New America Foundation sponsored a debate between top-level surrogates of the Obama and Romney presidential campaigns. New America NYC intern Karam Sethi reports on the debate highlights below:
When Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., graduated from law school, he faced the reality of $125,000 in student debt. The now junior U.S. senator said he never regretted making such an investment in his education, but wishes he had more information before enrolling in school about the job and salary prospects after graduation.
Now Rubio and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., are making a bipartisan push to create a centralized resource for prospective students and families to find the type of information Rubio said would have benefited him as a young adult. The senators spoke about their bill, The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act, and transparency in higher education in general at an event co-hosted by the New America Foundation’s Education Policy Program and the American Enterprise Institute.
The bill, if passed, would bring data — most of which currently exist at the state level but are inaccessible to the public — together in a comprehensive and comparable way. The information would be at the institution and program level and include factors such as the chances of students graduating in four years, the average amount of debt accumulated, the number of students employed after graduation, and their average salary.
Election workers in counties across the country began receiving the strange phone calls earlier this summer. They were from student journalists asking what was, to many workers, a startling question – one they had never been asked before: How many cases of election fraud have you had in your county since the year 2000?
The promise of a prosperous middle-class life with decent work, rising living standards, and the potential for a better future has long been the foundation of the American dream. But as America continues to struggle to recover from the Great Recession, it has become clear that the middle class is in jeopardy – and many of the policies of the last 40 years are to blame.
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In the past 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and destroyed impoverished communities at home and abroad. Yet drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever. Where did we go wrong, and what can be done?
Please join us for the Washington, D.C. premiere of a new PBS documentary by Roger Weisberg, hosted by the New America Foundation, Families USA, and the Lown Cardiovascular Resaerch Foundation. The film is an investigation of the dangers the nation faces from runaway health care spending, and the dangers patients face from over-diagnosis and over-treatment.
There is a way to create a rising standard of living for all Americans, Reed Hundt and Blair Levin argue in a soon-to-be-published e-book. The former Federal Communications Commission officials suggest policymakers should focus on two sectors-energy and broadband-to achieve economic growth. They write that as technologies become exponentially more cost-efficient over time, every sector of the economy will benefit from investments that make broadband and energy abundant.