New America in the News: 2014

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.

Where Fate Of Wash. State's Education Waiver Now Stands, And Why It Matters | KPLU

March 17, 2014

This is where support for NCLB began to break down, says the New America Foundation's Anne Hyslop.

"It doesn't make sense to label every single school in a state as not meeting expectations or not doing well," she said. "That's not useful to anybody."

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How the Meat Industry Killed the Free Market | Salon

March 15, 2014

The dark secrets behind America’s meat industry are enough to make us sick – and according to journalist Christopher Leonard, that’s only the start of it. Our health, the well-being of animals and large swaths of rural America are all under threat by America’s monopolized meat industry, Leonard says, and the full extent to which it’s taken over should be making us a lot angrier than it is.

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The Animal Welfare And Antitrust Issues Behind America's Cheap Meat | The Guardian

March 14, 2014

The concentration of power in the meat business was assailed by, among others, chicken farmers and cattle ranchers; Christopher Leonard, author of The Meat Racket: the Secret Takeover of America's Food Business, which argues that big integrators like ...

State Board Makes It Official: No API Scores for Next Two Years | EdSource

March 14, 2014

Civil rights groups and some policy analysts, such as Anne Hyslop of New America Foundation (see her scathing March 13 column), criticized California’s break in accountability as an abdication of efforts to close the achievement gap and inform parents of their children’s progress. They pointed out that other states that adopted the Common Core standards created either transition tests or other ways to bridge the gap in scores between their old and new tests. U.S.

Barack Obama Cracks Down On For-Profit Colleges

March 14, 2014

Ben Miller, senior policy analyst at the New America Foundation, said the removal of two provisions might weaken the rule. For programs that lose their eligibility for financial aid under the administration's proposal, a provision that would have ...

Regulating For-Profit Colleges: On To The Next Round

March 14, 2014

(If you're trying to decode the endless document containing the rule, your best guide is New America's Ben Miller.) The Administration has accompanied this somewhat mild rule with a press release (below) containing some of its toughest rhetoric yet ...

Free Flow of Information or Censorship? | KCRW

March 14, 2014

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Sheri Fink Win Book Awards | The New York Times

March 14, 2014

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Sheri Fink were among the winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards, named Thursday night in New York City. The awards, given annually to books published in the United States in English, are chosen by a group of nearly 600 critics and editors from major publications that cover books.

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Love Story, Chronicle Of Hurricane Katrina Win U.S. Book Prizes

March 13, 2014

American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheri Fink's "Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital", was awarded the prize for nonfiction, and Leo Damrosch's "Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World" won for biography.

U.S. Senate Approves Bipartisan Child-Care Grant Bill

March 13, 2014

Now there will be pressure on the House to take up the measure, said Laura Bornfreund, the deputy director of the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation. “There seems to be a general feeling that we need to improve [early-childhood ...

Theories Abound From Experts And Amateurs Alike On Fate Of Malaysian Flight

March 13, 2014

Commandeering isn't to be confused with hijacking, a political act in which demands are issued by the hijacker, said CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen. A commandeering is more idiosyncratic, where motives aren't immediately clear, Bergen said.

The Unhealthy Meat Market

March 12, 2014

“Even if Tyson did not produce a given piece of meat, the consumer is really only picking between different versions of the same commoditized beef, chicken, and pork that is produced through a system Tyson pioneered,” says Christopher Leonard, a ...

Senate-CIA Row Goes Public

March 12, 2014

... investigation of the agency's post-9/11 secret overseas prisons housing al Qaeda detainees and the CIA interrogation program for those prisoners, some of whom were subjected to coercive techniques such as waterboarding," writes Peter Bergen in CNN.

Revealed: Nsa Plans To Hack Potentially Millions Of Computers

March 12, 2014

Reporting for The Intercept Wednesday on the latest revelations from Edward Snowden's NSA leaks, Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher expose the spy agency's plans to hack millions of computers. According to classified documents, the NSA has ...

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'Now I Know Who My Comrades Are' By Emily Parker

March 12, 2014

Emily Parker, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and State Department policy adviser, focuses her cyber investigations on China, Cuba, and Russia, where she profiles grass-roots bloggers advocating civic change under harsh government watch. Continue ...

That Harper's Essay Attacking Obama From The Left Is...

March 12, 2014

As New America's Michael Lind, a former neoconservative before he became a heterodox liberal in the early 1990s, told me, "many of the original neoconservatives were ex-Trotskyites. They knew you fight over your principles first, then purge from the ...

Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: What We Know And Don'T Know | CNN

March 10, 2014

CNN's national security analyst Peter Bergen says the range of possible reasons behind the disappearance can be divided into three main categories: mechanical failure, pilot actions or terrorism. But until more information becomes available, all we ...

Social Media As Government Watchdog | Wall Street Journal

March 9, 2014

For a decade, Emily Parker, a former Wall Street Journal editorial-page writer and State Department staffer, has researched the role of the Internet in China, Cuba and Russia. The title of her book, "Now I Know Who My Comrades Are," comes from a ...

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