New America in the News: 2011

New America staff and fellows appear regularly on radio and television, and are frequently quoted in media outlets of all types. A selection of that coverage is available below.

The Assads: An Iron-Fisted Dynasty | Al Jazeera

December 8, 2011

This "allowed Bashar to be seen as someone on the right side of a true 'hot button' issue for most ordinary Syrians," writes Flynt Leverett in his book, Inheriting Syria - Bashar's Trial by Fire. The Syrian constitution had to be amended to allow ...

Academic Bowl Championship Series Rankings: Penn State Football Tops Academic ... | Huffington Post

December 8, 2011

According to a poll recently released by the New America Foundation, the Penn State football program ranked first in academic performance among team's currently ranked in the top 25 of the final BCS standings. The football team's graduation rate ...

Kids & Tech: Q&A With Lisa Guernsey | Education Week

December 8, 2011

Just in time for holiday gift-giving, New America Foundation's Lisa Guernsey offers some insights on what research tells us about how to approach screen time with children and some suggestions for ways to approach tech gifts for young ones. Guernsey is the author of Into the Minds of Babes: How Screen Time Affects Children from Birth to Age 5. (A revised edition will be published next year.) ...

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‘Formula Fairness Campaign’ Would Shift More Title I Funds to Highest-Poverty-Rate Districts | Title I Monitor

December 8, 2011

... And ACE’s incremental approach may be the proba- ble route. As New America Foundation blogger Jennifer Cohen pointed out Aug. 9, “While it may be tempting to scrap the existing formulas and start over, the legislative process is unlikely to be so simple. ... In reality, it is more likely that Congress will tinker at the margins of the ex- isting formulas to help ensure a greater degree of equity across states and school districts.” ...

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'Those Who Dare To Dream, Dare To Take a Different Path' | Times of India

December 8, 2011

Held in the Pink City for the first time, the INKtalks would continue till Sunday with several more motivational speakers participating in the sessions. Other speakers included John Hardy, Ayesha Khanna, Parag Khanna and Bedri Baykam.

Penn State Said To Be Interested in Boise State's Petersen | The Philadelphia Inquirer

December 8, 2011

Relatively young, consistently successful, clean-cut, and taint-free, Petersen, 47, also heads a program whose graduation rate, according to an analysis by the New America Foundation, is second only to Penn State's. Based on the number of players who ...

Amnesty: U.S. Arms Sales To Egypt Must Stop | Press TV

December 8, 2011

AP In an interview with NPR's Melissa Block in March, William Hartung, the director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation, expressed concern over the US State Department' vetting process with respect to arms sales to ...

Ethics of Drone Warfare | United Press International

December 8, 2011

From 2004-07, the United States launched a total of nine drone strikes, followed by 33 in 2008, 53 in 2009, and 118 in 2010, and 70 in the first 10 1/2 months of 2011, a study by the New America Foundation, a non-partisan Washington think tank, stated. ...

The Penn State Football Program Ranks #1 in a New Academic Study | Business Insider

December 7, 2011

In a new study, the Penn State football program ranks first out of all of the teams going to bowl games in academic performance, according to an analysis by The New America Foundation. penn state fans body paint.

Lawmakers Attempt Variation on Line-Item Veto | USA TODAY

December 7, 2011

Things can't be slipped into bills as quietly as they did before," said Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. "What we think this will do is it will put a chilling effect on people who are playing these games in Congress," ...

Paterno's Payback? Penn State Football Is No. 1 in Academic Bowl | TIME Magazine

December 7, 2011

According to an analysis done by the New America Foundation (NAF), only 48% of the school's football players currently graduate within six years or less. But the more ironic news is that the team that topped the list is Penn State, whose football ...

Paterno's Revenge: Penn State Football Is No. 1 in Academic Bowl | TIME Magazine

December 7, 2011

According to an analysis done by the New America Foundation (NAF), only 48% of the school's football players currently graduate within six years or less. But the more ironic news is that the team that topped the list is Penn State, whose football ...

Future of Deficit Reduction | C-SPAN

December 6, 2011

Maya MacGuiness talked about congressional efforts to reach agreement on ways to reduce the federal budget deficit..She responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.

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Sprint-Affiliated Net Neutrality Advocates Falsely Finger Verizon For ... | The Daily Caller

December 6, 2011

No Choke Points Coalition members include — among other members — Sprint, Media Access Project, Public Knowledge and New America Foundation. Verizon spokesman Jeffery Nelson said in a follow up statement Tuesday that accusations of Verizon blocking the ...

How Big Telecom Used Smartphones To Create a New Digital Divide | Colorlines

December 6, 2011

“We want a communications medium that's more transparent so we can control how we communicate,” says Joshua Brietbart, a policy analyst at the Open Technology Initiative. Brietbart advocates for a multi-issue approach that improves both literacy and ...

Is America's Health Care Crisis Fixable? | Counterpunch

December 6, 2011

Joel Garreau's book Radical Evolution reports on a new breed of scientists who believe that advances in genetics, robotics, information technology, and nano technology will allow us to improve our intelligence, reinvent our bodies, and even become ...

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Common Core Poses Challenges for Preschools | Education Week

December 6, 2011

But the depth of that alignment varies," said Laura Bornfreund, a policy analyst for an early-education initiative begun by the New America Foundation, a think tank and policy institute based in Washington and Sacramento, Calif. ...

8 Steps to the Presidential Election: What to Watch for | USA TODAY

December 5, 2011

... The budget and economic update from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, due in August, will answer the questions, "Are we better? Are we worse? Where are we headed?" says Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. ...

Make Fun of Iowa All You Want—It's Still the Most Important State in the GOP Primary | The New Republic

December 5, 2011

Back in June, Daily Beast columnist Peter Beinart celebrated Mitt Romney's apparent decision (apparently now reversed) to shirk the state, arguing “the Iowa caucuses bear only a faint resemblance to democracy.” And beyond Romney's initial strategy of ...

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In Gaza, Lives Shaped by Drones | The Washington Post

December 3, 2011

Most of those killed, according to the organization, have been civilians mistakenly targeted or caught in the deadly shrapnel shower of a drone strike. By comparison, the New America Foundation says US drones have killed at least 1807 militants and ...

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