New America in the News: 2014

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.

Common Core Wars Escalate Takano Takes On Education Durbin, Harkin Take ... | Politico

April 3, 2014

With help from Maggie Severns, Nirvi Shah and Stephanie Simon. COMMON CORE WARS ESCALATE: The business community is stepping up efforts to sell the Common Core, especially to Republican voters. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation ...

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In Campaign Finance Ruling, Justices Struggle to Define Corruption | The Wall Street Journal

April 2, 2014

Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout disagrees. She says that by approaching corruption as a “criminal law concern instead of a foundational democratic concern,” Justice Roberts is considering just one piece of the problem.

It’s not that America has just started thinking about this. The Founding Fathers “were acutely aware of corruption,” says Ms. Underkuffler. But back then, the fear wasn’t the rich pulling strings, but individuals in power sacrificing the public good in pursuit of their own selfish aims, she said.

Here’s How the Post Covered Gmail’s Launch 10 Years Ago | The Washington Post

April 1, 2014

Kevin Bankston, an attorney working as a fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a consumer group, worried that the information kept by Google for advertising purposes could wind up in a gray legal area not protected by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

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House Education Chairman to Push for More Special Education Aid | Education Week

April 1, 2014

What's more, there are significant challenges to boosting funding for special education, said Clare McCann, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation's Federal Education Budget Project.

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Ryan Budget Outlines Steep Cuts to Education

April 1, 2014

But because the budget sticks to the caps that Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) agreed on last fall, it could make things easier on appropriators in the coming months, said Clare McCann, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation.

“The House and Senate are actually totally aligned on the non-defense limit and the overall limit,” McCann noted. Since Murray decided to not put out a budget this year, she said, the Ryan budget could become useful messaging.

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Let the Best Charters Grow, Make the Worst Charters Close | National Review online

April 1, 2014

Conor Williams of the New America Foundation laments that charter schools are at best “a mild corrective to inequity,” drawing on his own experience as a parent enrolling his child in the District of Columbia public schools. He observes that because high-quality neighborhood schools are inaccessible to those who can’t afford to live in their catchment areas, middle- and low-income parents have turned to charter schools.

Kentucky Loves Its Insurance, Just Not Obamacare | Bloomberg View

March 31, 2014

That’s from a terrific article this morning by Perry Bacon Jr., who looks at why the success of the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky hasn’t prevented Republicans there, including Senator Mitch McConnell, from running against “Obamacare.”

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The Corner | National Review Online

March 31, 2014

Perry Bacon: In Kentucky, Obamacare's success did nothing to change the politics of the law. Yahoo! News

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A Freedom Vote?: The Afghan Vote and Bowe Bergdahl's Future | Magic Valley

March 30, 2014

“I think it can only be a positive development,” said Anish Goel, a senior South Asia fellow with the New America Foundation. All three front-runner candidates seem to have a better relationship with the U.S. than Karzai does, he said.

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No clear path to NSA reform on Hill | The Hill

March 30, 2014

“Although this proposal represents a landmark shift in the debate, by only addressing the issue of bulk collection of phone records under the Patriot Act, it’s focusing only on one symptom of the NSA’s overreach rather than promising a cure for the much broader problem of bulk data collection,” said Kevin Bankston, policy director of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute.

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Obama Outlines Plan for NSA Phone-Data Changes | The Wall Street Journal

March 28, 2014

"Although we appreciate the president's efforts and look forward to working with the White House to end the bulk collection of telephone records, the time has passed for half-measures that only address a small sliver of the NSA problem, and the time has come for leaders in Congress to stop waiting to see what the President will do," said Kevin Bankston, policy director the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.

Obama Seeks Quick End to NSA Phone Records Program | The Washington Post

March 27, 2014

“I think that the administration was under the gun to come up with something that might satisfy those who want to see the end of the program, such that they could avoid that result in 2015,” said Kevin Bankston of the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank.

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Obama's NSA Reforms Cut Mass Phone Surveillance, But Nothing Else | Motherboard

March 27, 2014

“It’s worth taking a look at where we were a year ago. The NSA was secretly scooping up and storing all this data. Six months ago, the secret was out,” Kevin Bankston, policy director of the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation said on a conference call discussing the new policy. “By January, the administration opened the door to ending the program but was talking about scary alternatives. So, I think today’s announcement is a real turning point.

White House Outlines End to Bulk Telecom Data Collection Regime | Multichannel News

March 27, 2014

“We are incredibly pleased that the President has recognized that allowing the NSA to collect and store every American’s phone records is not actually necessary to protect national security," said Kevin Bankston, policy firector of New America's Open Technology Institute. "It is also a relief that the Administration proposal would not require phone companies to store any records that they don’t already store, and that it would require an individualized court order before the NSA could obtain any specific records."

Vote by U.N. General Assembly Isolates Russia

March 27, 2014

Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former State Department official and now president of the New America Foundation, a public policy group based in Washington, said the vote could be used to help refute the image of Russia vs. the West.

“It is a very big deal to make it clear to all Russians that the international community condemns this action,” she said. “This is not the story Putin told.”

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White House Announces Plan to End NSA Bulk Data Collection | FedScoop

March 27, 2014

Kevin Bankston, policy director of the Open Technology Institute at New America Foundation, characterized the administration’s announcement as a “relief,” but said the president doesn’t need the approval of Congress to end the program.

“This represents an enormous step in the debate over how much power the NSA should have to intrude into our lives, and is a strong repudiation of the agency’s ‘collect it all’ philosophy,” Bankston said. He also called on lawmakers to get behind surveillance reform legislation, such as the USA FREEDOM Act.

Obama Asks Congress to End NSA Mass Surveillance | The National Journal

March 27, 2014

"Any proposal to address the problem of bulk data collection is fatally incomplete if it doesn't prohibit the bulk collection of any kind of record under any of the NSA's various legal authorities," said Kevin Bankston, the policy director for the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation.

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Afghans Face a Possibly Violent Presidential Election, With Great Hope | PRI's the World

March 27, 2014

PRI's The World's host Marco Werman talked with Faiysal AliKhan, who spent the last month in Afghanistan and is a fellow with the New America Foundation in Washington, DC.

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