New America in the News: 2011

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.

Kids and Screen Time | The Kojo Nnamdi Show

November 17, 2011

Many parents find it daunting to navigate the exploding world of media for kids, with new apps, games, gadgets, and television programs coming out daily. Complicating matters are recent studies showing that screen time -- whether on a television, computer or mobile device -- affects learning and literacy, especially for the very young. But is all media equal? What about e-books, interactive games, educational television? We explore the latest on kids and technology. Lisa Guernsey comments.

Is Mitt Romney Smart Enough To Be President? | The New American

November 17, 2011

Regarding an opinion piece penned by Romney on the topic, Fred Kaplan at Slate magazine remarked: “In 35 years of following debates over nuclear arms control, I have never seen anything quite as shabby, misleading and — let's not mince words ...

GOP Tax Plan Targets Itemized Deductions | The Associated Press

November 17, 2011

The three experts are Martin Feldstein, a Harvard University professor who was President Ronald Regan's chief economic adviser; Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget; and Daniel Feenberg, a research associate at ...

Hackers, ACLU, Consumer Rights Groups, Human Rights Groups, Many More All Come ... | Techdirt

November 16, 2011

Next up on the tour of folks coming out against SOPA, we've got a bunch of public interest groups, including the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, Human Rights Watch, New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative, ...

Debt Negotiations Hit the Airwaves | The Wall Street Journal

November 16, 2011

"We're getting the clear message that if the supercommittee reaches agreement on a package of spending and tax cuts, the TV band auctions will be part of that," said Michael Calabrese, director of a project by the New America Foundation, ...

Invisible Spending on Financial Aid | Inside Higher Ed

November 16, 2011

“It's sort of like the third part of the budget,” said Jason Delisle, director of the New America Foundation's Federal Education Budget Project. “You've got the tax part, you've got the spending part, and then you've got the tax spending part. ...

Nine Days Left: Has the Debt 'Super Committee' Found the Bipartisan Middle? | Christian Science Monitor

November 15, 2011

“The whole push to go big has been surprisingly contagious,” says Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. “Members have pushed themselves out of their comfort zones, and I feel like a deal is completely within ...

Paving a Way for Women in Brazil | The New York Times

November 15, 2011

... contributing to an imaginative reset of what women can be, and the authority and influence women can and should wield,” said Liza Mundy, a fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington and author of “Michelle,” a biography of Michelle Obama. ...

Beyond the Palestinian Setback at the U.N. | Council on Foreign Relations

November 15, 2011

Failure by Palestinians to get Security Council approval for UN membership was not unexpected, says Middle East expert Daniel Levy, but the attempt should be seen as a "desperate plea" by Palestinians for revitalizing the process for a two-state ...

Who Killed the Pension Plan? | TheStreet.com

November 15, 2011

A forum last week -- "Retirement Heist: Overlooked Causes of the Retirement Crisis," sponsored by the Pension Rights Center, the New America Foundation and AARP -- looked at the many questions surrounding defined-benefit plans: What has been killing ...

Africa: Mobile Phone - Convenient Communication or Tracking Device? | AllAfrica.com

November 15, 2011

In the future, mobile "mesh networking" technology developed by the NGO New America Foundation will allow mobile users to create local telecommunications networks that the authorities can't shut down. Using that technology and existing transmitters, ...

U.S. and European Firms Help Syrian Regime Spy on Citizens | Global Voices Online

November 15, 2011

According to Rebecca McKinnon, the problem of “amoral technology being used for immoral purposes has been exacerbated in the Internet age. As long as engineers and companies claim to have no responsibility for the political context in which their ...

MacGuineas in High Demand During Fiscal Debate | Roll Call

November 15, 2011

She previously worked on Wall Street and at the Brookings Institution and came to the CRFB, which is affiliated with the New America Foundation, in 2003. Since then, she has steadily built a reputation as a readily available contact for Members on ...

Burden in the Balance | Akron Beacon Journal

November 14, 2011

Phillip Longman, writing in the most recent issue of the Washington Monthly, proposes contracting with high-quality, lower-cost nonprofit health-care systems, the likes of Kaiser Permanente and the Mayo Clinic, to handle the Medicare population. ...

World-Renown Journalist Speaks at KSU Stark | Massillon Independent

November 14, 2011

The director of national security studies at the New America Foundation, Bergen established his career in journalism in the mid-1980s covering the Soviet conflict and civil war in Afghanistan. Bergen continued to report on the Middle East and, ...

Syria Uprising | Australian Broadcasting Corporation

November 14, 2011


President, Bashar al-Assad, has warned that western action against Syria would result in another Afghanistan: "It is the faultline, and if you play with the ground, you will cause an earthquake because Syria sits at the heart of the volatile Middle East". What makes the riots in Syria different to the rest of the Arab Spring? Guest Randa Slim comments.

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Famous Hollywood-Backed Free Speech Lawyer Says Sopa Is A-Ok | Ars Technica

November 14, 2011

We decided to get a second opinion from Wendy Seltzer. Seltzer is a former EFF attorney who created Chilling Effects, a clearinghouse for copyright takedown notices. She is currently a scholar at Yale law school. SOPA's critics have warned that the ...

Why Are Humans Scared of Robots? | BBC

November 14, 2011

"We're so enamoured with the robot-attack story line that it can skew the way real robot-safety issues are discussed," journalist Torie Bosch wrote in Slate. But with robots becoming increasingly advanced, is there a line where an error could become a ...

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One Day After Doubts, Lawmakers Put on Brave Face for Super Committee Deal | Fox News

November 14, 2011

... but you are seeing progress on what is a very hard issue. We're talking about fixing Social Security, Medicare, the tax system. This is not easy stuff," said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. ...

Deficit Deal Might Delay Tax Overhaul | The Wall Street Journal

November 14, 2011

"It allows us to try out the new system," said Maya MacGuineas, a budget expert. Mr. Hensarling on Sunday also talked up that possibility, which was advanced by a private panel headed by former congressional budget director Alice Rivlin and former ...

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