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Len Nichols in The New York Times on Wal-mart's Health Care

November 13, 2007

For much of the last decade, the retailing behemoth Wal-Mart Stores has been associated with stingy health care as much as low prices.

Across the country, politicians and labor groups derided the company’s health plans for their high expense and bare-bones coverage. Two states, California and Maryland, even passed laws demanding, in effect, that the company spend more on employee health benefits.

“We want this giant to behave itself,” one Maryland legislator, Anne Healey, said at the time.

NYTimes.com Highlights Bloggingheads Video Featuring Mark Schmitt

November 8, 2007

Mark Schmitt, of the New America Foundation, and Megan McArdle, of The Atlantic, discuss whether vouchers are the answer to public education's problems. Please click here for a link to the video on NYTimes.com. For Schmitt andMcArdle's complete conversation, please follow this link to Bloggingheads.tv, where they also cover inequality, taxation, and gentrification.

Steve Clemons in the New York Times on China's New Global Role

October 7, 2007

As China’s influence continues to grow around the globe, many in Washington have expressed concern over whether this positively or negatively impacts the United States’ diplomatic efforts in regional flashpoints ranging from Iran to North Korea. The New York Times did an article highlighting the growing credibility gap the U.S. is experiencing due to lack of engagement. The following is an excerpt from it on China’s new global role:

Len Nichols in The New York Times on Generic Drug Pricing

September 21, 2007

...The use of generics has been promoted by Medicare, private employers and the pharmacy benefit managers that administer employee drug plans. Len Nichols, director of health policy for the New America Foundation, a Washington policy group, noted that many pharmacy benefit managers have encouraged the trend with tiered co-payments, allowing consumers to pay less if they choose the cheapest generic drugs and more for the most expensive name brands.

Stephen Burd in The New York Times on First Marblehead and Loans

September 2, 2007

...In a statement, First Marblehead confirmed that it had received a subpoena related to its role in the student lending industry. ''We plan to cooperate fully with the attorney general's information requests,'' the company said.

New York Times Quotes Michael Dannenberg on Dept. of Education

August 2, 2007

The federal Department of Education, after months of criticism for lax oversight of the student loan program, still has no system to detect and uncover misconduct by lenders and protect student borrowers, a new government report said yesterday.

A War Best Served Cold

  • By
  • Nicholas Thompson,
  • New America Foundation
July 31, 2007 |

Sixty years ago this month, writing under the byline of X, George Kennan supposedly laid out America’s cold war foreign policy. Kennan’s essay is often said to be the most influential article in the history of this country’s foreign policy, but neither Harry Truman, nor any president after him, actually followed X’s recommendations. “Containment,” the word the essay introduced, was applied in a bellicose way that Kennan didn’t intend.

New York Times Quotes Steven Clemons on U.S., Saudi Arabia

July 27, 2007

WASHINGTON, July 26 -- During a high-level meeting in Riyadh in January, Saudi officials confronted a top American envoy with documents that seemed to suggest that Iraq's prime minister could not be trusted.

One purported to be an early alert from the prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, to the radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr warning him to lie low during the coming American troop increase, which was aimed in part at Mr. Sadr's militia. Another document purported to offer proof that Mr. Maliki was an agent of Iran.

Too Much Information

  • By
  • Mark Schmitt,
  • New America Foundation
July 24, 2007 |

Washington -- Look at the “issues” section of a Republican presidential candidate’s Web site and you’ll typically find only the most basic statements: “cut taxes,” “defeat the terrorists” and not much more. Republicans speak in terms of principle, not programs.

While the absence of policy detail in the Republican presidential campaign is remarkable, Democrats go too far in the other direction. Their campaign has entered the season of plans, the period during which a barrage of 20-page policy proposals frames the debate. The candidates disappear behind a screen of white paper.

New York Times Highlights Steve Coll, Incoming New America President

July 23, 2007

Steve Coll, whose résumé as a journalist includes two Pulitzer Prizes, a stint as managing editor of The Washington Post and a job as a staff writer at The New Yorker, is now ready to try his hand at something else: a Washington public policy institute.

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