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Decoding The Female Vote

How will women vote in the upcoming election? In the Weekly Wonk, Heather Hurlburt examines trends from past elections for clues.

Upcoming Events

Webcast - Exploring a New America: What Drives Innovation Around the Country?

EVENT April 23, 2015 01:00 PM– 06:00 PM

Thursday April 23, 2015

01:00 PM – 06:00 PM

[u'Friday, April 24, 2015', u'09:00 AM - 04:00 PM']

From big cities to small communities the best ideas come from local leaders and institutions working directly with the people. As the home of big ideas, New America will bring together the most innovative thinkers and doers from coast to coast for our 2015 Annual Conference.

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The New New York Activists

EVENT April 27, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:30 PM

Monday April 27, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:30 PM

[u'Museum of the City of New York', u'1220 Fifth Avenue', u'New York, NY 10029']

New York may be known as a concrete jungle, but it is also an important center of green activism. To mark the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, we're partnering with the Museum of the City of New York to discuss how citizens, entrepreneurs, and policy makers are making an ...

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Hands-on with Higher Ed Tech

EVENT April 29, 2015 10:00 AM– 12:00 PM

Wednesday April 29, 2015

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

[u'New America', u'1899 L Street NW Suite 400', u'Washington, DC 20036']

The open access of community college is one of America’s greatest postsecondary strengths, but also one of its greatest challenges. While almost anyone with minimum qualifications can enter a community college and pursue a postsecondary credential, few will actually complete.

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in the news | April 20, 2015 | Future of War


This CGI shows one of JDG's floating islands, which is likely the largest 120m X 900M configuration. The floating island can support both civilian and military missions, including supply, landing aircraft and basing of amphibious vehicles.China, not just satisfied with turning South China Sea reefs into airports, is looking to expand its naval basing activities by building giant floating islands.

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in the news | April 20, 2015 | Political Reform

Corporations now spend more lobbying Congress than taxpayers spend funding Congress

This wasn't always true, Drutman writes. The corporate lobbying budget only began regularly exceeding Congress's operating budget in the early 2000s. But the gap has been widening since then, and that's good news for lobbyists, who are at their best when they're making arguments that no one is even bothering to check, much less rebut.

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in the news | April 20, 2015 | Education Policy

Learning How to Practice Medicine—Virtually

Roth was reviewing Kevin Carey’s new book, The End of College, which likewise foresees an "apocalyptic," Silicon Valley-esque "hacking" of higher education in the U.S.—particularly when it comes to the country’s so-called "cathedrals of learning" (e.g., highly exclusive universities such as Yale). Roth, who sees deep flaws with the book’s logic, quotes Carey as writing, "those that cannot change will disappear. The story of higher education’s future is a tale of ancient institutions in their last days of decadence, creating the seeds of a new world to come." According to Roth, there’s no way technology will disrupt the college system to the point of extinction. Ultimately, he argues, students still find value in studying and working face-to-face rather than watching "what happens from a distance on screen."

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in the news | April 20, 2015 | Political Reform

The Rise of the Lobbyists

I attended a talk last week by Lee Drutman, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. Drutman was describing some of the findings in his new book, The Business of America Is Lobbying, which is a fascinating examination of how lobbying has grown and changed and come to dominate so much of lawmaking in Washington, D.C. We're used to hearing about the omnipresence of corporate lobbyists in D.C., but as Drutman points out, this is actually a pretty recent phenomenon. In the mid-20th century, major corporations generally didn't hire many people to represent them in the Capitol. They were plenty interested in politics and wanted to make sure that Congress didn't act in a way that was overly hostile to their interests, but for the most part, they didn't invest a lot to achieve that. Indeed, when Ralph Nader began advocating on behalf of consumers in the 1960s and pointing out the dangers of some cars, the auto industry didn't know how to defend itself and lashed out in bizarre ways.

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in the news | April 20, 2015 | Political Reform

How Corporate Lobbyists Conquered American Democracy

As companies became more politically active and comfortable during the late 1980s and the 1990s, their lobbyists became more politically visionary. For example, pharmaceutical companies had long opposed the idea of government adding a prescription drug benefit to Medicare, on the theory that this would give government bargaining power through bulk purchasing, thereby reducing drug industry profits. But sometime around 2000, industry lobbyists dreamed up the bold idea of proposing and supporting what became Medicare Part D—a prescription drug benefit, but one which explicitly forbade bulk purchasing—an estimated $205 billion benefit to companies over a 10-year period.

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in the news | April 19, 2015 | Fellows

Biggest campaign mistakes thus far

Although the campaign has barely begun, most of the candidates -- and some probable candidates -- are already starting to make mistakes. Most of the mistakes will simply be blips along the way, but some of them might end up being more damaging if they feed into negative perceptions that voters have about the candidates.

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in the news | April 18, 2015 | Fellows

Chris Christie's Comeback Tour Might Have One Catch

Julian Zelizer, a Princeton University professor of history and political science who tracks Christie, said the call for ending Social Security payments to those making $200,000 or more in additional income was certain to hurt his standing with older voters."He's just trying to get back in the game and get some attention—in that respect he got what he wanted," Zelizer said. "But it may not be enough and in the long-run he said some things that could hurt him."

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in the news | April 18, 2015 | International Security

Maybe We Should Negotiate With Terrorists

If he were making recommendations to the President about how to change government policy, Noesner said, he would suggest tamping down the rhetoric of “no negotiation with terrorists” and supporting (with information and resources) the efforts of families and companies to negotiate. Debra Tice, the mother of Austin Tice, an American journalist who has been missing in Syria since 2012, agreed with Noesner’s assessment. “We should not let our desire to punish terrorist kidnappers cloud our judgment and restrict our options,” Tice declared.

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