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The Winners Of The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Are ... | The Los Angeles Times

April 12, 2014

Current Interest: “Five Days at Memorial” by Sheri Fink. Fiction: “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki. Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: “We Need New Names” by NoViolet Bulawayo. Graphic Novel/Comics: “Today is the Last Day of the Rest of ...

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Student Loan Debate: Take the Focus Off Interest Rates | Los Angeles Times

June 25, 2013

"The program is so new, it hasn't made it into the collective consciousness of schools and borrowers," Jason DeLisle, an advocate of IBR at the New America Foundation, told me. Education authorities estimate that a bit more than 1 million student ...

NSA Revelations Threaten Worldwide Trust in Facebook, Google | Los Angeles Times

June 14, 2013

Rebecca MacKinnon, senior research fellow with the New America Foundation, says there is a growing sense of outrage around the world. U.S. technology firms tied to the NSA surveillance program are especially vulnerable in places where citizens live ...

Bringing Drones Out of the Shadows | Los Angeles Times

May 13, 2013

As Rosa Brooks, a Georgetown law professor and former Pentagon official, put it in recent testimony before a Senate judiciary subcommittee: "Over the last decade, we have seen U.S. drone strikes evolve from a tool used in extremely limited ...

As E-Verify Becomes an Immigration Issue, Restaurants Weigh In | Los Angeles Times

April 30, 2013

“You're seeing wide adoption by a wide array of different kinds of restaurants,” said Tamar Jacoby, the president of ImmigrationWorks USA. “Four or five years ago, these numbers would have been unthinkable.” Though some applicants said they used the ...

America's Waning Influence

  • By
  • Rosa Brooks,
  • New America Foundation
February 1, 2012 |

Is America in decline? Is our global influence waning?

Expect that question to get plenty of airtime as the presidential campaign heats up. According to the Republicans, President Obama's fundamental foreign policy problem is that he thinks America is a fading power and all we can hope for is to "manage the decline."

Petraeus Works to Improve Relations With Lawmakers | The Los Angeles Times

January 31, 2012

The CIA has launched 17 drone strikes in Pakistan since Petraeus took over last September, including three this month, according to the New America Foundation, a think tank that tracks reported attacks. That was down from an average of two a week under ...

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Pushing Past Mediocrity in the Classroom

  • By
  • Lisa Guernsey,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Susan Ochshorn
January 29, 2012 |

Teacher wars are raging across the nation. One side blasts the "bad" teachers, waving around student test-score data and demanding accountability. On the other side are teachers: Defensive, closing the doors to their classrooms — and to the promise of improving their practice.

How do we halt the teacher-bashing, as President Obama urged in his State of the Union address, and still improve the quality of teaching? The answer is to radically change the evaluation conversation. A focus on watching teachers work — on how they actually interact with students — is long overdue.

Big California, Little Fixes

  • By
  • Joe Mathews,
  • New America Foundation
January 27, 2012 |

We are told that in California politics and government, 2012 is shaping up as a very big year. That there will be — says Gov. Jerry Brown as he channels the philosopher Thomas Hobbes — "a war of all against all." That parties and interest groups are headed to the ballot with initiatives to gore one another's oxen. That we are about to decide the big questions of taxes and budgets and schools and maybe pensions.

Nonsense.

Homesick for the Holidays

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
December 19, 2011 |

Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas," one of the biggest-selling songs of all time, with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Although the wistful tune soothed homesick soldiers in such God-awful places as Guadalcanal more than half a century ago, and no doubt it still plays in Kandahar today, Berlin most likely wrote what he called "the best song that anybody's ever written" somewhere in the sunny Southwest, probably while sitting by a swanky hotel swimming pool.

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