New York Times

There’s No Paying in Baseball

  • By
  • Joe Mathews,
  • New America Foundation
August 16, 2008 |

This year’s Little League World Series, which began on Friday, is a lavish, nationally televised American sporting event. At the site of the series in South Williamsport, Pa., there is a tent for the tournament’s corporate sponsors to show off their products, an instant-replay system to decide close calls and a perfectly groomed, two-stadium baseball complex.

What's the Matter With Washington?

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
August 15, 2008 |

In “The Wrecking Crew,” the liberal journalist Thomas Frank tells the story of free-market ideologues who came to Washington to start a revolution and built a lucrative lobbying empire instead. Now a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Frank established his reputation as the editor of The Baffler and then as the author of the best-selling What’s the Matter With Kansas? (2004) by combining two things absent from most liberal commentary: muckraking reporting and satiric wit.

Gregory Rodriguez in the New York Times | 'In a Generation, Minorities May Be the U.S. Majority'

August 14, 2008

Ethnic and racial minorities will comprise a majority of the nation’s population in a little more than a generation, according to new Census Bureau projections, a transformation that is occurring faster than anticipated just a few years ago.

The census calculates that by 2042, Americans who identify themselves as Hispanic, black, Asian, American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander will together outnumber non-Hispanic whites. Four years ago, officials had projected the shift would come in 2050...

Maya MacGuineas in the New York Times | 'Social Security Too Hot to Touch? Not in 2008'

August 13, 2008
...Raising the retirement age further, reducing benefits across the board, pegging increases in benefits to inflation rather than wage hikes, and allowing retirement at an earlier age in return for cuts in benefits were all floated in a December 2005 study, “Nonpartisan Social Security Reform Plan.” Its authors included Jeffrey Liebman, now Mr. Obama’s chief Social Security adviser, and Maya MacGuineas, who advised Mr. McCain on the subject in 2000... LINK

Era With No Name

  • By
  • Nicholas Thompson,
  • New America Foundation
August 3, 2008 |

Bill Clinton desperately wanted a pithy slogan to encapsulate his foreign policy. But nothing worked. “Post cold-war era” was uninspiring. “Democratic enlargement” sounded like an unwelcome medical condition. “Age of hope” was too like the title of a New Age album. “We can litanize and analyze all we want, but until people can say it in a phrase, we’re sunk,” he snapped at his advisers in the fall of 1994.

Ghaith al-Omari in the New York Times | 'Israel’s Political Situation Dims Hopes for Peace Deal'

August 1, 2008

“There is zero chance” now, said Ghaith al-Omari, a former negotiator for Mr. Abbas. Mr. Omari said that the best the Palestinians could now expect was that Ms. Rice could manage to preserve something to hand to the next administration.

“The best we can hope for is a stabilization package that will make it easier for the next president to engage the process,” Mr. Omari said. LINK

Back on Message in Berlin

  • By
  • Michael A. Cohen,
  • New America Foundation
July 25, 2008 |

Few places hold as much symbolic power for presidential speechmaking as Berlin. So it’s little surprise that Barack Obama chose this city for his first major foray onto the global stage.

But if the West was united in 1963 when John F. Kennedy offered a lacerating indictment of communism and in 1987 when Ronald Reagan demanded that Mikhail Gorbachev tear down the Berlin Wall, today the trans-Atlantic alliance is teetering, with genuine and serious divisions between Europe and the United States.

Michael Lind in the New York Times | 'Government as the Big Lender'

July 14, 2008

...The new reality is scorned by libertarians and conservatives, who fear state intrusions on the market, and by populists and progressives, who dislike the idea of education and housing increasingly resting upon the government’s willingness to finance it.

Patriot Games Revisited

  • By
  • Michael A. Cohen,
  • New America Foundation
July 11, 2008 |

In my post on Barack Obama and the issue of patriotism, I received some thoughtful feedback from readers of Campaign Stops that got me thinking a bit more about the issue.

Douglas Rediker in New York Times | 'Overseas Investors Pile Up More Pieces of Americana'

July 10, 2008
..."This is the natural outgrowth of us exporting a huge amount of dollars through high commodity prices to countries that have to reinvest it somewhere," said Douglas Rediker, a sovereign fund expert at the New America Foundation, a research and advocacy organization. "These countries have to extend beyond Treasury bills, and that means equities and real estate..." LINK
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