New America in the News: 2012

New America staff and fellows appear regularly on radio and television, and are frequently quoted in media outlets of all types. A selection of that coverage is available below.

Students Fail For Many Reasons, And Colleges Shouldn't Pay The Price | Boston Globe

December 31, 2012

Glaeser uses Jason DeParle's article in the New York Times about three young women who failed to achieve upward mobility by attending college as anecdotal evidence; I offer my own anecdotal evidence drawn from teaching at a Massachusetts community ...

The Top 10 Most Influential People On Facebook In 2012 | The Daily Dot

December 31, 2012

Back in March 2012, prominent blogger and former CNN bureau chief Rebecca MacKinnon stated that she believed Facebook yielded as much power as a nation. "Sovereignty and power are shifting," she told the New Scientist. "Before the internet, these ...

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Michelle Obama, First In Fashion | The Salt Lake Tribune

December 31, 2012

Obama's fashion choices were vibrant and eclectic, her parties were inclusive, and her garden served her diet-and-exercise mantra. Writer Liza Mundy, who began working on a book about Michelle Obama during the 2008 primaries, recalled setting a Google ...

Madame Secretary: Michele Flournoy Deserves A Promotion At The Pentagon | Pittsburgh Post Gazette

December 31, 2012

Want someone who will be a great secretary of defense? Find someone who's not sure she really wants the job. Rosa Brooks, a law professor at Georgetown University, served as a counselor to the U.S. undersecretary of defense for policy from 2009 to 2011.

Politics And The Internet Timeline Updates | Techpresident

December 31, 2012

The founders were Ethan Zuckerman, a technologist who had earlier helped run Tripod.com, an earlier dot.com startup, and Rebecca MacKinnon, a former CNN bureau chief. Global Voices reports on and aggregates the work of local bloggers from every ...

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Al Qaeda Offers Gold For Ambassador's Murder | The Daily Beast

December 30, 2012

Washington-based think tank the New America Foundation said last week that U.S drone attacks in Yemen have risen to 53 this year, almost triple the attacks last year. The civilian casualty rate from those strikes is estimated to be between 4 percent ...

How China Is Sealing Holes In Its Internet Firewall | Bloomberg News

December 30, 2012

... either because most do not know how or because they lack sufficient interest in -- or awareness of -- what exists on the other side of the 'great firewall,'” Rebecca MacKinnon writes in “Consent of the Networked,” a book on Internet freedom around ...

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Educational Apps Don'T Go Beyond Abcs | Technapex

December 30, 2012

In an article posted on Slate, Lisa Guernsey and Michael Levine — co-authors of “Pioneering Literacy in the Digital Wild West,” a new report from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading — unpack the claims made by many apps that they help children learn ...

Rising Health Costs Threaten Our Future | The Tennessean

December 30, 2012

At the current pace of growth, according to the New America Foundation, our health insurance premiums in Tennessee will rise to more than $16,000 in 2016. We cannot sustain this type of growth in health care costs. The average insured Tennessean spends ...

Book Reviews 2012 | The Best Of The Rest | The Courier-Journal

December 29, 2012

Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth by Mark Hertsgaard, Mariner Books, 352 pp., $15.95. There is little use in continuing to deny climate change, and readers will find answers (and hope) here. Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat ...

Al Nusrah Front On The Offensive In Aleppo | Long War Journal

December 29, 2012

That kind of reminds me of another funny thing that Peter Bergen and Lynch said; Zawahiri is irrelevant and AQ rank and file won't follow his orders. Oh really now? Posted by Thaffar maaitah at December 31, 2012 12:43 AM ET: "The foreign Jihadi ...

Log Cabin Republicans Attack Chuck Hagel In New Ad | Politix

December 28, 2012

As Robert Wright notes at The Atlantic, former national security advisers James L. Jones, Brent Scowcroft, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Frank Carlucci have all come out in support of Hagel. Via The Hill, the Washington Post and The Atlantic. Tags: Foreign ...

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U.S. Drone Strikes Go Down In Pakistan, Up In Yemen | Dawn

December 28, 2012

In Pakistan, 46 strikes were carried out in 2012, compared to 72 in 2011 and 122 in 2010, the New America Foundation said, based on its compilation of reports in international media. But Yemen saw an equally drastic increase in the clandestine attacks ...

Peer-To-Peer Sharing Went Big In 2012 — And So Did Opposition | Grist Magazine

December 28, 2012
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As Tim Wu wrote at The New York Times, “Change isn't always pretty, but a healthy city is one where old systems — even the hallowed taxi medallion — stand to be challenged by the winds of creative destruction.” New tech makes these businesses ...

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First In Fashion | New York Times

December 28, 2012

The writer Liza Mundy, who began working on a book about Mrs. Obama during the 2008 primaries, recalled setting a Google alert on the prospective first lady. “I would get stuff on her every day, all this fulminating,” Ms. Mundy said. “What struck me ...

U.S. Drone Strikes Go Down In Pakistan, Up In Yemen | Pakistan Daily Times

December 28, 2012

In Pakistan, 46 strikes were carried out in 2012, compared to 72 in 2011 and 122 in 2010, the New America Foundation said, based on its compilation of reports in international media. But Yemen saw an equally drastic increase in the clandestine attacks ...

Year In Ideas: As Breadwinner Women Hit The Mainstream, Feminists Look Back At ... | National Post

December 28, 2012

Though the breadwinner woman had been rising for decades, 2012 was the year she made her star turn — appearing as the subject of popular books and countless news articles, including one book, The Richer Sex by Washington Post journalist Liza Mundy, ...

College Debts But No Degree? Reform The Pell Grant Program | Boston Globe

December 27, 2012

But as reporter Jason DeParle writes, “four years later, their story seems less like a tribute to upward mobility than a study of obstacles in an age of soaring economic inequality.” Two dropped out of school. None has a degree; two have crushing debts.

The State That Ate the National Mortgage Settlement | American Banker

December 27, 2012

"I certainly think it's problematic," said David Rothstein, who studies the foreclosure crisis for Policy Matters Ohio, a left-leaning policy research organization. "I don't think that people really anticipated that certain states would have that much larger a percentage of homeowners being helped."

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U.S. Drone Strikes Go Down In Pakistan | The News International

December 27, 2012

In Pakistan, 46 strikes were carried out in 2012, compared to 72 in 2011 and 122 in 2010, the New America Foundation said, based on its compilation of reports in international media. But Yemen saw an equally drastic increase in the clandestine attacks ...

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