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We Need to "Re-Wire" The Labor Market

In this essay from the 2015 New America annual conference, Opportunity@Work co-founders Byron Auguste and Tyra Mariani explain what must be done to update the labor market for the 21st century.

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CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1

EVENT May 07, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:30 PM

Thursday May 07, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:30 PM


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Presently, twenty-two veterans die by suicide every day, nearly one an hour, a human toll greater than deaths from combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan. To respond to this crisis, the National Veterans Crisis Line in upstate New York is the only call center devoted to helping at-risk veterans and their families. It's open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and receives more than 20,000 calls a month.

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Unintended Consequences

EVENT May 11, 2015 03:30 PM– 05:00 PM

Monday May 11, 2015

03:30 PM – 05:00 PM


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The Violence Against Women Act, signed into law by President Clinton in 1994, has saved the lives of thousands, and radically changed the way Americans think about sexual and domestic violence. But recent evidence suggests that VAWA has protected certain populations of Americans far better than others.

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AN IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: TOO BIG TO FAIL?

EVENT May 11, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:15 PM

Monday May 11, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:15 PM


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As Iranian and P5+1 negotiators race to try to conclude a final deal on Iran's nuclear program by June 30, join New America NYC for a conversation on the state of play in Tehran and Washington, reactions from and implications for the region, and what a deal or no deal could mean for U.S.-Iran relations.

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in the news | May 04, 2015 | Profits & Purpose

You Need Green to Do Green

"There's no better partnership for a discussion connecting environmental activism and environmental justice and the intersection of a whole range of environmental and economic issues," said the moderator, Georgia Levenson Keohane, a senior fellow at New America and the director of the Program on Profits and Purpose, "a new initiative that explores the potential for social entrepreneurship, innovation and finance to address social and economic challenges," as she introduced the panelists.

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in the news | May 04, 2015 | Future of War

THE J-11D SURPRISE: CHINA UPGRADES RUSSIAN FLANKER FIGHTERS ON ITS OWN

In a surprise development, the J-11D "D1101" prototype flew its first flight on April 29, 2015. The J-11D is the latest in Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC)'s family fighters licensed and modified from the Russian Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker." SAC has built well over 200 Su-27 and J-11s, such as the licensed produced J-11A and indigenously upgraded J-11B, which had better engines and radar, and a lighter airframe. It is possible that improvements from other Chinese Flanker variants, like the J-15 carrier fighter and J-16 strike fighter, have been applied to the J-11D.

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in the news | May 04, 2015 | Fellows

Poll: Will federal Bridgegate charges hurt Christie's presidential chances?

But some experts said the charges could still sting Christie as he vies for the 2016 Republican nomination for president. The governor is expected to announce soon whether he will run."For a candidate that is already limping along, this can be devastating," said Julian Zelizer, a presidential historian and political science professor at Princeton University.

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in the news | May 04, 2015 | Education Policy

The Surprising Way The GOP Could Actually Win The Culture War

Conservatives sometimes talk about delayed marriage and parenthood patterns as evidence of the supposed cultural depravity of inhabitants living in economically vibrant cities. But surveys show that Millennials want to get married and settle down. It’s just that most aren’t sure they can afford it. It’s harder to chart a path from higher education to work to marriage to home ownership to parenthood to paying for college and retirement now than any time in recent memory—especially in a single-income household. Which is just to note that perhaps the supposed collapse in “middle-class family values” may have a lot to do with the growing difficulty young parents have in securing a place in the middle class. This is especially true as far as having kids is concerned.

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in the news | May 03, 2015 | Future of War

An Iranian Speaks Out—and Gets Hacked

The campaign to silence her also fits with a broader strategy of Tehran silencing free speech within its borders. The government has imprisoned hundreds of political activists, human rights groups say. It continues to jail a Washington Post journalist on charges of espionage. In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, Iranain foreign minister Javad Zarif, his government’s chief negotiator on a pending agreement over the country’s nuclear program, laughably asserted that Iran doesn’t “jail people for their opinions.”

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in the news | May 03, 2015 | International Security

ILF: More news and views

Keeping alive the tradition of holding a number of sessions on politics, the ILF hosted the session ‘Full of Sound and Fury: Elections in Pakistan’ on the first day. Moderated by Rashed Rehman, the panel included Anatol Lieven, the Orwell Prize-winning journalist and author of Pakistan: A Hard Country, the politician Syeda Abida Hussain, and Sahar Shafqat, an Associate Professor of Political Science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, USA. Lieven concluded the discussion stating that there is no chance for the Taliban to take over Afghanistan again. However, he was concerned that Taliban have the capacity to keep the insurgency alive.

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in the news | May 01, 2015 | Fellows

Bridge Charges Ensure Scandal Will Shadow Any Chris Christie Campaign

Even if Christie isn’t charged with a crime, voters will wonder “how did their governor surround himself with these kind of people,” said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. “It will obviously raise questions for a presidential candidate,” Zelizer said. “It also brings the whole story back again very close to when Christie announces.”

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article | May 01, 2015 | Open Technology Institute
At Crypto Hearing, Best Arguments Against Backdoor Mandates Come from Members of Congress Themselves

At Crypto Hearing, Best Arguments Against Backdoor Mandates Come from Members of Congress Themselves

Encryption advocates registered a big win this week when it became abundantly clear at a Congressional oversight hearing that lawmakers are skeptical of the FBI’s warnings about the purported dangers of encryption technology. Many of the best arguments against the idea of mandated backdoors came from the members of Congress themselves.