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Amazon, the Tax Bully

  • By
  • Maggie Severns,
  • New America Foundation
December 1, 2011 |

Paul Misener, the vice president for global public policy at Amazon.com, appeared before members of Congress Wednesday to urge it to pass a proposed bill that would require online retailers — including Amazon itself — to collect state sales tax on the goods they sell through their websites.

“Congress should help address the states’ budget shortfalls without spending federal funds, by authorizing the states to require collection of the billions of revenue dollars already owed,” Misener said.

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America’s Cold War Sage and His Discontents

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
November 22, 2011 |

This may be the most long-awaited single-volume biography ever. In 1981, the renowned cold war historian John Lewis Gaddis approached the pre-eminent cold war diplomat George F. Kennan about writing his life story. Kennan, who was 78 at the time, turned over mountains of papers, diaries, letters, even dream notebooks, on the condition that the book not be published until after he died. Who knew that he'd live to be 101, or that Mr. Gaddis would take more than a half-decade after his subject's death to finish writing?

Memo to Congress: No Secret Farm Bill

  • By
  • Mark Hertsgaard,
  • New America Foundation
November 2, 2011 |

Providing yet another reason for its 9 percent approval rating, Congress is attempting to write the nation’s next farm bill in secrecy—sneaking it into law as part of the deficit reduction package to be produced by the “supercommittee.”

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Even State Immigration Laws Have to Face Reality

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
October 17, 2011 |

Change is never pretty. And the change that results when 50 states step in to take on a job Washington has tried and failed to do can be especially messy. This is what's happening -- with a vengeance -- on immigration. In the past five years, there has been a virtual revolution in immigration lawmaking. And the result is not just chaos -- it's a lot of bad policy.

For the Love of Science Fiction

  • By
  • Torie Bosch,
  • New America Foundation
October 12, 2011 |

The workout my credit card gets at Amazon is structured so I won't get repetition fatigue: I keep my reading list balanced between the highbrow and low, the fiction and non, the popular and the below-the-radar, the new and the old. Yet there is one realm I have long neglected: science fiction. Despite a youthful binge in Arthur C. Clarke, particularly the Rama books, I disdained science fiction for many years, considering it too short on humanity and too long on pointless technical specs.

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Haiti Doesn't Need Your Old T-Shirt

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
October 11, 2011 |

The Green Bay Packers this year beat the Pittsburgh Steelers to win Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas. In parts of the developing world, however, an alternate reality exists: "Pittsburgh Steelers: Super Bowl XLV Champions" appears emblazoned on T-shirts from Nicaragua to Zambia. The shirt wearers, of course, are not an international cadre of Steelers die-hards, but recipients of the many thousands of excess shirts the National Football League produced to anticipate the post-game merchandising frenzy.

Could Congress's Anti-Palestinian Turn Be Good News for Palestine?

  • By
  • Daniel Levy,
  • New America Foundation
October 10, 2011 |

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is the Republican chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and when it comes to matters Israeli-Palestinian she tends not to mince her words. Here is but one choice example: "It's time for us to kick the PLO out of the U.S. once and for all, and move our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, where it belongs."

A Nobel Winner's Positive Gaze

  • By
  • Eliza Griswold,
  • New America Foundation
October 7, 2011 |

Until Thursday, 88 out of 100 people who bothered to fill out Nobelprize.org's survey, had never heard of the Swedish poet, Tomas Tranströmer

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The 40-Year Itch

  • By
  • Konstantin Kakaes,
  • New America Foundation
October 6, 2011 |

The fastest a person has ever traveled is just 24,791 miles per hour. The three men of Apollo 10 went that fast on their way back from the moon in 1969.

The fastest a manmade object has ever traveled is 39,000 miles per hour—the speed with which Voyager 1, a space probe launched in 1977, is leaving the solar system.

Bugger Off

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
October 4, 2011 |

Back in the day, when bad guys used telephones, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies would listen in with wiretaps. As long as phone companies cooperated—and they had to, by law—it was a relatively straightforward process. The Internet, however, separated providers of communications services—Skype, Facebook, Gmail—from those running the underlying infrastructure. Thus, even if the FBI obtains a suspect's traffic data from their Internet service provider (ISP)—Comcast, Verizon, etc.—it may be difficult to make sense of it, especially if the suspect has been using encrypted services.

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