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Taking Down a Digital Den of Sin

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
October 1, 2011 |

Until very recently books about cybercrime came in two forms. Some authors—the majority of whom had a national-security background—thought it their moral obligation to warn civilization of the impending arrival of an "electronic 9/11," a "Digital Pearl Harbor" or a "cyber-Katrina"—a catastrophe that no stock exchange or central bank would survive unscathed. Others—predominantly computer experts and academics—opted for a more humdrum approach, producing dry tomes full of impenetrable jargon.

'The Quest,' by Daniel Yergin

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
September 18, 2011 |

In 1990, Daniel Yergin published "The Prize," a magisterial history of oil. Not the typical stuff of best-sellers, it became one anyway based on timeliness (coinciding with the first Gulf War), the originality of Yergin's thesis and his eloquence of expression. It was a top-to-bottom historical reappraisal of the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Black Women and the CBC

  • By
  • Reniqua Allen,
  • New America Foundation
September 21, 2011 |

Starting with the legendary Shirley Chisholm of New York, passionate, outspoken women have long been a part of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The only black woman in Congress when elected to the House in 1968, Chisholm a year later was one of 10 founding members of the caucus.  The Congresswoman brought a clear feminist sensibility to the group, proving she was an advocate not only for the black community but for women as well.

Cities May Be Whiter, But Metro Areas Are Turning Brown

  • By
  • Reniqua Allen,
  • New America Foundation
September 13, 2011 |

A new report by the Brookings Institution says minorities are now the majority population in many of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, a demographic development with major political, social and economic consequences for the nation.

The study found that 22 of the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas are now “majority-minority,” with ethnic majorities making up more than half the populations in New York, Washington, Las Vegas, San Diego, Memphis and other metro areas. That’s an increase from 14 cities in 2000 and five in 1990.

Why a Green Economy Is Still Part of Jobs Solution

  • By
  • Lisa Margonelli,
  • New America Foundation
September 9, 2011 |

Unlike in previous jobs speeches, where he's been a cheerleader for clean energy and a green economy, President Obama didn't say the word "green" once in his address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday night. That seems to fit the mood of the country, but in fact, Obama is missing a stimulus program in every American gas tank.

Unemployed Hope President’s Jobs Agenda Brings Less Talk, More Action

  • By
  • Reniqua Allen,
  • New America Foundation
September 8, 2011 |

Six months ago, 42-year-old Michelle thought her life was finally turning around. She had conquered her addiction and been sober for four years. She was paying off old college debt. Her daughter and grandson were staying with her and, despite battling dyslexia, she had been on her job as an administrative assistant for three years, a job she just knew would help her get to the next level of her career.

"The job was starting to open up doors for me," said the District of Columbia resident. "I felt like it was an opportunity to turn my life around. I was feeling really positive."

Obama’s Missing Economic Narrative

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
September 9, 2011 |

Over the next 14 months, Barack Obama may well save his presidency. But he didn't begin that effort tonight. Obama outlined a jobs bill. It may be a good one. What he didn't outline was a story that connects that jobs bill to the economic crisis we've been facing for almost three years.

Obama laid out a solution, but he didn't define the problem: He didn't talk about the causes of the economic crisis, and the reason it has lasted so long. He also didn't talk much about his past efforts at stimulating the economy.

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The Fighting Bipartisan: Has Obama Finally Found a Solution for Republican Obstructionism?

  • By
  • Mark Schmitt,
  • New America Foundation
September 9, 2011 |

Barack Obama’s jobs speech last night was not the speech his critics from the left had been asking for.

POLITICO Arena: California Immigration Rules Humane or Destructive?

  • By
  • Joe Mathews,
  • New America Foundation
September 2, 2011 |

The fact that this question is being asked speaks volumes about Washington's self-destructive mindset, and says very little about California. The state is merely acting in its own economic interest. California is required to support the K-12 educations of all students, even undocumented ones. So why waste that investment by making it impossible for them to attend college?

Supercommittee Needs to Go Bigger

  • By
  • Maya MacGuineas,
  • New America Foundation
September 7, 2011 |

With the president’s highly touted jobs speech this week, national attention is about to pivot from deficits and debt — where the focus has been for much of the summer — to jobs and how to boost the struggling economic recovery. 

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