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.

The Father Of Net Neutrality Wants to Fix New York Politics | Vox

June 19, 2014

Tim Wu was barely 30 years old when a concept he invented, network neutrality, became a central part of internet policy debates. Now, a decade later, he's not only trying to reinvent the concept for a changing internet, but he's seeking to transform ...

Common Core Caught in Tractor Beam of Presidential Politics for Some Governors | Education Week

June 19, 2014

The longer Jindal's quest for a legal wrench to throw into common core and PARCC in Louisiana goes on, the longer he can continue to hammer away at the standards in public. That wealth of soundbites could be useful in a Republican presidential primary. And Jindal's recent spat through the media with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan over the common core not only won't change any minds, according to the New America Foundation's Anne Hyslop, but politically, the exchange could even help bolster Jindal's conservative bona fides.

Buzz: Unless Senate Strengthens USA FREEDOM, Privacy Groups Will Oppose | Politico

June 19, 2014

"The privacy community had to withdraw its support [for this bill] in the House, and now we are sending an even stronger message," said Kevin Bankston, OTI's Policy Director. “We hope that this unified message will bolster the resolve of our allies in the Senate and improve the chances of Congress quickly passing a strong bill."

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Explainer: What is Common Core and Why Doesn't Bobby Jindal Like It? |The Times-Picayune

June 19, 2014

Louisiana could potentially lose a $17 million federal grant from the Race to the Top program, according to Anne Hyslop of the New America Foundation, because its project is all about implementing Common Core. That's if the standards were dropped.

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More Short Than Venti? | Inside Higher Ed

June 18, 2014

Rachel Fishman of the New America Foundation notes the potential problems with staying above that threshold. Online education may not be right for everyone, yet it is the only option funded. It is far easier for Starbucks to work with one college than ...

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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Programs:

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 ...

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 ...

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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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.”

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 ...

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