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.

Marketplace Tech - Le Internet? | Swell

February 19, 2014

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The Violence in Iraq: What Can Be Done?

February 18, 2014

Just over two years after the last U.S. combat troops were withdrawn from Iraq, an insurgency is raging throughout the country. The black flags of ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham – now fly over Fallujah, the site of some of the bloodiest battles of the U.S war in Iraq. These recent gains by extremists, and the apparent inability of the Iraqi government to exercise control over its territory, have many in U.S. foreign policy circles worried.

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Militant attacks, sectarian identities greatest threat to Iraq

February 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (KUNA) -- America and Iraq are both on the front lines in tackling Al-Qaeda terrorism three years after the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq as that country continues to suffer from terrorist attacks claiming the lives of thousands of people.

In a panel discussion held here at the CATO Institute entitled "Understanding the Conitnuing Violence in Iraq," Douglas Ollivant, a Senior National Security Fellow at the New America Foundation, believes the U.S. needs to recognize Iraq as a "fellow victim" of Al-Qaeda terrorism.

America's defective MENA strategy

February 18, 2014

The United States’ strategy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is becoming increasingly dysfunctional. While President Barack Obama’s critics may seek to blame his administration for the setback, the problem is much larger than any particular foreign policy team.

Web Warriors Cause Big Bother For Big Brother | BBC News

February 18, 2014

While working for the Wall Street Journal, Emily Parker met bloggers who fought for freedom - and was amazed by their courage. She has written a book based on her experiences of nearly a decade covering these netizens in Beijing, Havana and Moscow.

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Comcast vs. the Cord Cutters | The New York Times

February 15, 2014

Which is not to say that striking down the merger would lead to some kind of cord cutters’ nirvana. Americans pay far more for broadband and TV service than people in most other industrialized nations. According to data collected by the New America Foundation, in Los Angeles, the cheapest monthly television, phone and Internet service costs about $80. In Paris, a similar bundle sells for $32, and in Seoul, it goes for $15.

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Massive Cable Deal Means Your Bill May Jump | TIME

February 14, 2014

“At a time when cable companies already serve as gatekeepers in the delivery of a number of communications services, this merger represents an unprecedented move to consolidate market power even further,” says Sarah Morris, Senior Policy Counsel for the Open Technology Institute at New America Foundation. “A Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger will mean fewer competitive incentives to invest in network infrastructure, and will likely lead to higher prices and less innovation.”

How Big Banks Are Cashing In On Food Stamps | The American Prospect

February 14, 2014

A key challenge of this solution is connecting benefits recipients with affordable bank accounts, because for-profit banks are not particularly interested in low-balance, high-transaction customers. But, according to Aleta Sprague, policy analyst in the Asset Building Program at the New America Foundation, strategies that focus on eliminating barriers to bank accounts will provide significant benefits for poor and working Americans.

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New SIG Analysis Finds More of Same: Mixed Results | Politico

February 14, 2014

Anne Hyslop, a policy analyst with New America’s Education Policy Program, had a similar reaction.

“What stands out for me is that a lot of these schools are making gains and a lot of them aren’t,” she said. “That’s really troubling because this is a huge investment … if we don’t see progress, we need to consider how we structure school turnaround programs.”

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Why the Comcast-Time Warner Deal Is Far More Dangerous Than You Think | Wired

February 13, 2014

The fact that Comcast owns NBC only makes the Time Warner deal more complicated, according to Sarah Morris, the policy counsel at the Open Technology Institute. “It underscores the integrated nature of the industry and the potential harms that might result,” she says.

We Need Real Competition, Not a Cable-Internet Monopoly | The New Yorker

February 13, 2014

These figures are taken from an informative 2012 book, “The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use ‘Plain English’ to Rob You Blind,” by David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning financial reporter. In response to Johnston and other critics, the cable and telecommunications industry commissioned its own research, which, predictably enough, made the U.S. performance look a bit better. But more recent independent reports, from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the New America Foundation, have confirmed what anybody who has spent some time abroad already knows.

Comcast's Mega-merger is No Regulatory Slam Dunk | CBS

February 13, 2014

Sarah Morris of the New America Foundation notes that Comcast already serves about 25 percent of the total broadband market, and even with the proposed divestitures its combination with Time Warner Cable would give it control of at least a third of that market, more than six times the size of the next largest cable company.

"The only way to ensure that the best interests of the general public are protected is to stop this merger in its tracks," she writes.

Comcast, the Soon-to-Be Gazillion-Pound Technology Gorilla | The Washington Post

February 13, 2014

This sets up an uneven relationship between cable companies and wireless carriers, the latter of which are growing increasingly reliant on fixed broadband as a safety valve for demand. As the New America Foundation's Michael Calabrese notes in a 2013 white paper, "cell site bottleneck is a very real constraint." Cisco estimates that 57 percent of all U.S. mobile device traffic was offloaded to WiFi last year. That figure is expected to top 64 percent by 2018.

When It Comes to Pre-K, It's Time to Show Us the Money | AlterNet

February 12, 2014

Early childhood advocates Laura Bornfreund and Conor Williams of the New America Foundation explained in The Atlantic, “Awareness of early education issues is as high as it’s ever been.” They noted widespread political support not only from President Obama but also from, “business leaders, law enforcement, retired military leaders, charitable foundations … economists [and] lawmakers in states red, blue.”

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Roundtable: A Trove of Clinton Documents in Arkansas | CNN

February 10, 2014

"She uses the phrase 'pain threshold,' and she talks about how people in Washington have a pain threshold that is too low. It sounds like hers is pretty high," says The Washington Post's Liza Mundy, who is also program director at the New America Foundation.

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First Lady Michelle Obama | C-Span

February 10, 2014

Liza Mundy and Krissah Thompson talked about the life and influence of first lady Michelle Obama and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.

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Verizon Donated $100 Million to Schools. That’s Just 7.5 Hours of Revenue | The Washington Post

February 7, 2014

"[The private-sector contributions] focus on a lot of exciting things — like devices, and helping teachers with broadband connectivity," said Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute. "But it's not going toward the E-Rate infrastructure itself, and that's one of the critical pieces."

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