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Investing Your Way Out of Poverty

  • By
  • Rourke OBrien,
  • New America Foundation
June 17, 2007 |

The mayor of New York’s new antipoverty plan, which is scheduled to begin in the fall, will pay as much as $5,000 a year to poor families to help them meet specific goals like getting regular medical checkups, holding down full-time jobs and attending parent-teacher conferences.

Daniel Levy in New York Times on Gaza, Mahmoud Abbas

June 17, 2007

JERUSALEM, June 16 — With the two Palestinian territories increasingly isolated from each other by a week of brutal warfare between rival factions, Israel and the United States seem agreed on a policy to treat them as separate entities to support Fatah in the West Bank and squeeze Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

New York Times Quotes Daniel Levy, Ghaith al-Omari on Hamas

June 13, 2007

WASHINGTON, June 13 — For two years, the United States has tried to choke off Hamas, the militant Islamic group that has been ascendant in Gaza and the West Bank, while throwing limited aid and support to Fatah, its more moderate Palestinian rival. Now, with Fatah, the party of the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, on the verge of collapse in Gaza, Washington is facing a shrinking menu of alternatives...

New York Times Cites New America Foundation on Direct Lending

June 13, 2007

THE Department of Education’s proposed new standards for overseeing student loans — a response to the growing scandal involving kickbacks from lending institutions to university student-aid officials — are a step in the right direction. But the department and the Bush administration could go further in making student loans cheaper, less cumbersome and, most important, not susceptible to corruption.

The New York Times Cites Steve Clemons, TheWashingtonNote.com

June 1, 2007

MADRID, June 1 — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sought today to minimize any sense of division within the Bush administration over Iran after the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency delivered a pointed new warning against what he called the “new crazies” pushing for military action against Tehran...

The Two-Year Solution

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
June 1, 2007 |

With the new immigration package already beginning to unravel, it would be wonderful if we could find one element of reform that everyone involved in the immigration debate can agree on.

Here’s my candidate: lower the residency requirement for legal immigrants who seek to become citizens from five years to two.

New York Times Highlights New America's Energy Efficiency Symposium

May 17, 2007

Energy saving opportunities in American homes are immense with current technology, but new product standard mandates will be needed, according to a study by the McKinsey Global Institute.

The research group’s study... concludes that projected electricity consumption in residential buildings in the United States in 2020 could be reduced by more than a third if compact fluorescent light bulbs and an array of other high-efficiency options including water heaters, kitchen appliances, room-insulation materials and standby power were adopted across the nation.

Everybody's a Liberal

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
April 29, 2007 |

Since the 1960s, political debate in the United States has been dominated by ideologies of the right: fusionist conservatism, libertarianism, the religious right, neoconservatism. Center-left political thought, when it has not simply rationalized the demands of Democratic Party constituencies, has tended to be academic and remote from politics. In recent years, however, center-left intellectuals including Bruce Ackerman, William Galston, John E. Schwarz and Michael Tomasky have sought to define a body of principles that could inform a practical liberal politics.

Planet of the Apes

  • By
  • Robert Wright,
  • New America Foundation
April 27, 2007 |

This week the mystery deepened: Why no space aliens?

On Tuesday, scientists reported finding the most “Earthlike” planet ever, Gliese 581c. Its sun is cooler than ours, but also closer, so Gliese is in that climatic comfort zone conducive to water -- hence to life, hence to evolution, hence to intelligent beings with advanced technology. Yet they never phone.

The Neocon Paradox

  • By
  • Robert Wright,
  • New America Foundation
April 24, 2007 |

Neoconservatives have been airing an explanation for the failure of the Iraq war that’s so obvious you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself: the war wasn’t neoconservative enough.

Last week Richard Perle, on The Charlie Rose Show, echoed what his fellow neocon John Bolton told the BBC last month: We should have turned Iraq over to the Iraqis much sooner. Then, presumably, the power of democracy to blossom pronto in even nutrient-depleted soil -- the neocon elan vital -- would have kicked in.

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