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EVENT August 05, 2015 06:00 PM– 08:00 PM

Wednesday August 05, 2015

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Join us on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 for a conversation about how we should be thinking about the ownership of publicly funded educational materials.If the federal government pays for educational resources to be developed, should those resources belong in the public commons? Increasingly, federal agencies are starting to think the answer should be “yes.” From the Departments of Labor and Education, to the National Science Foundation, agencies are considering how to share the wealth of educational materials they fund with the public.But many questions remain: How should these materials be licensed? Where will these materials be stored? Who will be responsible for curating them? What incentives can be used to encourage the creation of new materials?To talk through these questions and more, we’ve assembled a panel of experts to #LegalHack publicly funded educational materials.-----

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GIVE US THE BALLOT

EVENT August 05, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:15 PM

Wednesday August 05, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:15 PM


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Join New America NYC on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act for a conversation on the modern struggle for voting rights and what it means for our larger understandings of freedom and democracy in America.

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WE COME AS FRIENDS

EVENT August 12, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:30 PM

Wednesday August 12, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:30 PM


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Join New America NYC for a screening of We Come As Friends and a post-screening discussion with Academy Award® nominated director Hubert Sauper and other experts in global development and international diplomacy on the future of a still young South Sudan and its place in African and global politics.

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Books

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in the news | July 30, 2015 | Fellows

How to pay for Medicare's next 50 years

"There is going to be another argument about how you fix the long-term challenges for [Medicare]," said Julian Zelizer, a political historian at Princeton and the author of "The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress and the Battle for the Great Society." Medicare's long-term viability will probably require either cuts in benefits or higher taxes, he said, and "the most powerful way to do that politically is some kind of differentiation in who has to pay."

in the news | July 30, 2015 | Fellows

Opinion: A half century of Medicare and Medicaid

For many generations, government health programs were viewed as pariahs. As noted by Professor Julian Zelizer in his essay "Origins, Vision and the Challenge of Implementation," "the struggle leading up to the passage of Medicare and Medicaid was nothing short of explosive … as proposing health insurance was viewed as the third rail of politics." Attempts by President Truman were fought bitterly by the AMA and Republicans in Congress.

in the news | July 30, 2015 | Fellows

After 50 years of Medicare, are we any better off?

"We have a tendency to forget the history of laws that extended the obligations and commitments of the federal government. But the passage of Medicare and Medicaid, which shattered the barriers that had separated the federal government and the health-care system, was no less contentious than the recent debates about the Affordable Care Act," said Julian Zelizer, a Princeton historian.

in the news | July 30, 2015 | Future of War

China Joins the Laser Arms Race

A collaboration between the Academy and Jiuyuan Hi-Tech Equipment Corporation, the Low Altitude Guard I is a 10 kilowatt laser meant to zap low flying drones up to 2 kilometers away. The Low Altitude Guard I's electro-optical turret can see out to 5 kilometers. Promotional literature brags about its automated fire control-- it's able to identify and track rogue drones so that the operator only needs to press a firing button. The Low Altitude Guard's small size allows for stealthy placement on high-rise buildings and around critical infrastructure like airports and dams. Lasers are also a cheaper and safer lethal air defense option, especially in urban areas, compared to cannons and missiles.

in the news | July 30, 2015 | Fellows

Medicare and Medicaid myths: setting the 50-year record straight

Myths about Medicare and Medicaid persist for the simple reason that they are politically useful, even as Americans continue to grapple with questions of cost, compassion, and the role of government in their lives. But the facts of history are stubborn. Despite the myths and political turmoil, those who support Medicare and Medicaid can take satisfaction in these programs and their underlying moral commitments, having reached the half-century mark.

article | July 30, 2015 | The Weekly Wonk
Taking Aim at Student Debt

Taking Aim at Student Debt

P.R. Lockhart

This year’s class of college graduates is the most indebted in history and there looks to be no end in sight to the onslaught of student debt. Proponents of new solutions to the crisis debated the problem at a recent event at New America.

in the news | July 30, 2015 | Fellows

Shifting Opinions

Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, and one of the book's editors, spoke with U.S. News about the politics of the programs, the similarities they share with the ACA, and how the government can improve health and control costs.