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.

The Top-Ranked Teacher Education Program Doesn't Have Classes | Vox

June 18, 2014

"You just allow students to move through it at their own pace, and check off the stuff they already know," says Amy Laitinen, deputy director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation, who has written extensively on competency-based ...

More Short Than Venti? | Inside Higher Ed

June 18, 2014

Rachel Fishman of the New America Foundation notes the potential problems with staying above that threshold. Online education may not be right for everyone, yet it is the only option funded. It is far easier for Starbucks to work with one college than ...

Tim Wu Runs For New York State Lieutenant Governor, Promising To Clamp Down ... | Boing Boing

June 17, 2014

Tim Wu, the Columbia law professor who coined the term "Net Neutrality," is running for Lieutenant Governor of New York State on a leftist, reform platform that starts with blocking the Comcast/Time-Warner merger. Wu wrote The Master Switch, a ...

Who Is Benghazi Suspect Ahmed Abu Khatallah? | USA Today

June 17, 2014

"Khatallah is a classic jihadist,'' said Philip Mudd, a former CIA and FBI counter-terrorism official. "He's probably more hard-core than some of the others.'' Robert McFadden, a former Naval Criminal Investigative Service official, described Khatallah ...

Blue on Blue: the Democrats' Education Civil War | Deseret News

June 17, 2014

Conor P. Williams at the New Republic presaged some of this soul-searching earlier this month in a piece assessing where Hillary Clinton might come down on education. He noted that there are two distinct camps in the Democratic party.

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Free? Starbucks Tuition Program Receives Criticism | USA Today

June 17, 2014

The Starbucks program does not truly address the cost of college and is more like a "quasi-tuition reimbursement plan," said Rachel Fishman, education policy analyst with the New America Foundation. "In this scenario, you have the employer taking on ...

Tim Wu Makes a Bid for Net Neutrality | Forbes

June 17, 2014

The internet has revolutionized human connectivity, but can be described, most simply, as a public space. Which is why New York state residents ought to pay close attention to the net neutrality debate, and to Tim Wu's recently-announced candidacy as ...

Oligopolistic America: Anti-Competitive, Unequal, and Deliberate | Boing Boing

June 16, 2014

A brilliant, enraging op-ed in the Washington Post from analysts from the New America Foundation and the American Antitrust Institute shows how the Reagan-era policy of encouraging monopolistic corporate behavior has made America unequal and uncompetitive, creating a horror Gilded Age where the Congressional consensus is that laws cannot possibly put a check on bad corporate actors.

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How Should The U.S. Leave Afghanistan? | The Week Magazine

June 16, 2014

As New America Fellow Anand Gopal recently wrote, "The categories we take as rigid and unchanging, such as 'terrorist', are in fact remarkably fluid in the context of Afghan politics." This lack of a coherent reputation confuses the discussions about U ...

Critics Point To Drawbacks In Starbucks Tuition Program | The New York Times

June 16, 2014

“Given the upfront cost, it pushes a lot of risk onto the student,” Rachel Fishman, an education policy analyst at the New America Foundation, wrote in a blog post dissecting the program. One class is usually worth three credits, and Arizona State ...

Bergdahl Swap Affects Taliban, Afghanistan Futures | Magic Valley

June 16, 2014

The Taliban’s failure to demand negotiations was more surprising than the U.S. agreement to forgo starting them in the Bergdahl deal, said Anish Goel, a senior South Asia fellow with the New America Foundation.

Goel said the U.S. handling of the swap indicates its priorities in-country. Rescuing Bergdahl afforded the U.S. a clean exit, which was more important than “winning the trust of the Afghan people, because they were trying to win the trust of the American people.”

Faiysal AliKhan on the Elections in Afghanistan | CCTV America

June 15, 2014

Election day in Afghanistan: a day of hope but also fear as Afghans turned out to the polls to elect their new president in the second and final round of voting. To discuss the elections in Afghanistan, CCTV's Asieh Namdar is joined by Faiysal AliKhan from the New America Foundation.

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Tara Maller CNN Situation Room w/Wolf Blitzer on Iraq | CNN

June 14, 2014

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Rebels' Fast Strike In Iraq Was Years In The Making | The New York Times

June 14, 2014

“What we see in Iraq today is in many ways a culmination of what the I.S.I. has been trying to accomplish since its founding in 2006,” said Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism researcher at the New America Foundation, referring to the Islamic State in ...

Oil Industry In Iraq Faces Setback to Revival | The New York Times

June 13, 2014

“All the oil companies are on alert,” said Daniel Yergin, the oil historian. “They are going to worry about the security of their people and installations. Obviously, no one is going to do anything new. Confidence about the growth of Iraqi oil output ...

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