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.

Twitter Snitch Spills Isis's Secrets | The Daily Beast

June 18, 2014

Brian Fishman, a fellow at The New America foundation and ISIS analyst who has been following the group for years, is cautious about @wikibaghdady's claims but called the account, “at minimum a keen observer of events in Syria,” and “a key source of ...

6/18 Lina Khan: How Corporations Became People You Can’t Sue | The Majority Report

June 18, 2014

Lina Khan a policy analyst at the New America Foundation explains why Amazon is not accountable to customers in the same way as Target, the tobacco settlement and how evidence is made public, how government regulation and private suits have a symbiotic relationship, why Jury awards hold corporations accountable, how a leading liberal justice began undermining civil torts, Mitsubishi V Soler Chrysler-Plymouth, how arbitration has been increasingly imposed on the legal process, why we need Class Action suits, why Congress, how corporate contracts are imposed and what one anti trust cas

Tech Roundup | KCRW

June 18, 2014

In today’s tech roundup, a look at Amazon’s new smartphone - and why the company want to get in on the handheld device game. And there’s new technology that would deliver smells via text.

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The Top-Ranked Teacher Education Program Doesn't Have Classes | Vox

June 18, 2014

"You just allow students to move through it at their own pace, and check off the stuff they already know," says Amy Laitinen, deputy director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation, who has written extensively on competency-based ...

Tim Wu Runs For New York State Lieutenant Governor, Promising To Clamp Down ... | Boing Boing

June 17, 2014

Tim Wu, the Columbia law professor who coined the term "Net Neutrality," is running for Lieutenant Governor of New York State on a leftist, reform platform that starts with blocking the Comcast/Time-Warner merger. Wu wrote The Master Switch, a ...

Who Is Benghazi Suspect Ahmed Abu Khatallah? | USA Today

June 17, 2014

"Khatallah is a classic jihadist,'' said Philip Mudd, a former CIA and FBI counter-terrorism official. "He's probably more hard-core than some of the others.'' Robert McFadden, a former Naval Criminal Investigative Service official, described Khatallah ...

Blue on Blue: the Democrats' Education Civil War | Deseret News

June 17, 2014

Conor P. Williams at the New Republic presaged some of this soul-searching earlier this month in a piece assessing where Hillary Clinton might come down on education. He noted that there are two distinct camps in the Democratic party.

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Free? Starbucks Tuition Program Receives Criticism | USA Today

June 17, 2014

The Starbucks program does not truly address the cost of college and is more like a "quasi-tuition reimbursement plan," said Rachel Fishman, education policy analyst with the New America Foundation. "In this scenario, you have the employer taking on ...

Tim Wu Makes a Bid for Net Neutrality | Forbes

June 17, 2014

The internet has revolutionized human connectivity, but can be described, most simply, as a public space. Which is why New York state residents ought to pay close attention to the net neutrality debate, and to Tim Wu's recently-announced candidacy as ...

Oligopolistic America: Anti-Competitive, Unequal, and Deliberate | Boing Boing

June 16, 2014

A brilliant, enraging op-ed in the Washington Post from analysts from the New America Foundation and the American Antitrust Institute shows how the Reagan-era policy of encouraging monopolistic corporate behavior has made America unequal and uncompetitive, creating a horror Gilded Age where the Congressional consensus is that laws cannot possibly put a check on bad corporate actors.

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How Should The U.S. Leave Afghanistan? | The Week Magazine

June 16, 2014

As New America Fellow Anand Gopal recently wrote, "The categories we take as rigid and unchanging, such as 'terrorist', are in fact remarkably fluid in the context of Afghan politics." This lack of a coherent reputation confuses the discussions about U ...

Critics Point To Drawbacks In Starbucks Tuition Program | The New York Times

June 16, 2014

“Given the upfront cost, it pushes a lot of risk onto the student,” Rachel Fishman, an education policy analyst at the New America Foundation, wrote in a blog post dissecting the program. One class is usually worth three credits, and Arizona State ...

Bergdahl Swap Affects Taliban, Afghanistan Futures | Magic Valley

June 16, 2014

The Taliban’s failure to demand negotiations was more surprising than the U.S. agreement to forgo starting them in the Bergdahl deal, said Anish Goel, a senior South Asia fellow with the New America Foundation.

Goel said the U.S. handling of the swap indicates its priorities in-country. Rescuing Bergdahl afforded the U.S. a clean exit, which was more important than “winning the trust of the Afghan people, because they were trying to win the trust of the American people.”

Faiysal AliKhan on the Elections in Afghanistan | CCTV America

June 15, 2014

Election day in Afghanistan: a day of hope but also fear as Afghans turned out to the polls to elect their new president in the second and final round of voting. To discuss the elections in Afghanistan, CCTV's Asieh Namdar is joined by Faiysal AliKhan from the New America Foundation.

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Tara Maller CNN Situation Room w/Wolf Blitzer on Iraq | CNN

June 14, 2014

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Rebels' Fast Strike In Iraq Was Years In The Making | The New York Times

June 14, 2014

“What we see in Iraq today is in many ways a culmination of what the I.S.I. has been trying to accomplish since its founding in 2006,” said Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism researcher at the New America Foundation, referring to the Islamic State in ...

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