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L.A.'s Way Is the Freeway

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
July 11, 2011 |

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's office released a mildly amusing list of 53 suggestions for surviving "Carmageddon," one for every hour the 405 will be closed this weekend between the 10 and the 101. In the hope that you'll stay off the streets — please! for God's sake! — the list suggests planting a tree, shopping online (from county-based stores, of course), throwing a block party.

The Case for Not-Quite-So-High-Speed Rail

  • By
  • Phillip Longman,
  • New America Foundation
July 8, 2011 |

After concluding some business in Frankfurt, Germany, recently, I found myself with a day to kill and decided to use it to tour the historic Cologne Cathedral, about 120 miles away. I could have rented a car and driven through traffic on the autobahn for about two hours, but instead I decided to walk a few blocks from my hotel and board Intercity-Express #616. The sleek bullet train left Frankfurt's magnificent nineteenth-century main terminal on time and sped along a super-engineered, beeline right-of-way completed in 2002 at a cost of $5.6 billion.

Jerry Brown’s Budget Disaster

  • By
  • Joe Mathews,
  • New America Foundation
June 20, 2011 |

Jerry Brown's argument for his return to the California governorship was that as a 73-year-old politician, too old to worry about his political future, he would throw caution to wind, force partisans of left and right to negotiate, and tame this state’s famously out-of-control budget.

Why Anthony Weiner Shouldn't Quit

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
June 12, 2011 |

Excuse me for asking, but why exactly should Anthony Weiner resign? He flirted with women in a crude, dorky and easily traceable way. And he lied about it, which is what married men usually do in such circumstances. Who cares? As far as we know, he violated no law or congressional ethics rule. There's been no allegation of sexual harassment. It's entirely possible that his constituents would reelect him if given the chance. So why is he being hounded from office?

Your Own Facts

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
June 10, 2011 |

“Just Google it!” has become a common cyber-snobbish response to questions that seem too trivial to merit a human conversation. But is it really an answer? Now that more and more Internet sites are tailoring their services to the idiosyncrasies of individual users, queries for “climate change,” “stem cells” and even “pizza” may yield different outcomes for different people. This may be an era when we are increasingly entitled to our own facts — but should we also be entitled to our own search results?

Drinks With ... Christina Sánchez

  • By
  • Andrés Martinez,
  • New America Foundation
June 9, 2011 |

What is it about the moment you arrive at your first college dorm room and meet your roommates while unpacking your stuff? That's a scene seared in most people's memory, the fodder of countless movies and novels to shorthand life's most exciting, but often wrenching, transitions.

Ryan's Unintended Consequences

  • By
  • Shannon Brownlee,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Eric Schultz, New America Health Policy Intern
June 7, 2011 |

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., probably did not anticipate the kind of trouble his plan for privatizing Medicare would cause members of his own party. Ever since Democrats scored an upset in a New York state special congressional election that turned on the Republican candidates support for the Ryan plan, GOP presidential hopefuls and lawmakers have been stumbling around the negative reaction the "Path to Prosperity" has drawn from many voters.

How Regulation Keeps Health Care Costs Down

  • By
  • Micah Weinberg,
  • New America Foundation
June 2, 2011 |

Californians are struggling to pay their health insurance bills while insurance companies' profits are on the rise. One apparent fix is Assembly Bill 52 authored by Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, that would allow state regulators to reject excessive rate increases. However, the recent experience of Massachusetts suggests that this California bill may not go nearly far enough.

The Unhappy White Majority

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
June 1, 2011 |

"White Americans See Anti-White Bias on the Rise." That was a headline in the Wall Street Journal this month, and more than any other domestic index or statistic, it's that sentiment that should worry you about America's future.

While many commentators saw Barack Obama's election as signaling the emergence of a post-racial America, it might one day be seen instead as the symbolic moment all Americans became minorities.

Policy Periscope: Child Care and Jerry Brown 2.0

  • By
  • Kate Karpilow,
  • New America Foundation
May 31, 2011 |

“Everybody is exhausted just trying to hang on to what exists, with attacks from every direction.”

That’s a quote from a leading child care advocate in California . . . a very tired advocate.

After months of budget battles, California’s child care system was ultimately pared down with a sharp scalpel, as were most health and social service programs.

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