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Private Student Loan Report: Is Subprime Mortgage Crisis Comparison Fair? | Christian Science Monitor

July 20, 2012

Casting private lenders in a negative light with the use of terms like “subprime” isn’t necessarily fair, given that the federal government, which makes a far larger volume of student loans, also lent to most of the same borrowers who turned to private loans, says Jason Delisle ...


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Fiscal Zombie Apocalypse In Washington? Obama And Congress On Taxes. | Christian Science Monitor

July 9, 2012

"We can't keep kicking the can down the road," said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, in a statement after Obama's speech Monday. "No question, the fiscal cliff is bad economic policy and going over it will ...

What Mitt Romney Should Be Saying to Women Voters This Mother's Day

  • By
  • David Gray,
  • New America Foundation

Mitt Romney knows he has to do better in attracting women voters. After controversial comments by GOP leaders about contraception and Planned Parenthood during the heat of the primary season, polls show that Mr. Romney’s standing among women has been impacted and that he trails President Obama in critical swing states with female voters by a 2 to 1 margin (according to a a recent USA Today/Gallup survey).

Amid Trayvon Martin Case, Obama Hosts Screening Of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' | Christian Science Monitor

April 5, 2012

The Trayvon Martin case has led Reniqua Allen of the New America Foundation to a stark conclusion: that the first black president has made it harder to talk about race in America. In an essay in The Washington Post, she noted her optimism after Obama ...

Why GOP Candidates Would Make The National Debt Worse | Christian Science Monitor

February 24, 2012

According to a new analysis from the non-partisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, none of them would. By Howard Gleckman, Guest blogger / February 24, 2012 Republican presidential candidates, from left, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, ...

Can The National Debt Be Cut? How Republican Candidates' Plans Compare. | Christian Science Monitor

February 23, 2012

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), the nonpartisan watchdog group that prepared the analysis, found that under some plans, the national debt would shoot up even higher than it would under status quo policies.

Keen On Slashing The National Debt? Ron Paul Is Your Man. | Christian Science Monitor

February 23, 2012

"The impact on the budget would likely be major," said Alice Rivlin, a former Fed official who spoke at a Thursday panel discussion at the New America Foundation in Washington, at which the CRFB report was presented. She didn't elaborate on the ...

Bash America? The Castros Play To Their Base In Cuba | Christian Science Monitor

January 30, 2012

As guest blogger Anya Landau French wrote in The Havana Note last week, after debates in Tampa, the candidates were “all singing the same broken record,” many taking a hard-line approach to appeal to exiles in Florida. Newt Gingrich said he would try ...

Selling Organs to Pay Off Debt: Microfinance Needs Reforms

  • By
  • Vishnu Sridharan,
  • New America Foundation
January 9, 2012 |

When Muhammad Yunus won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his work on microfinance with the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, he would have been mortified to know that a version of his model would one day force his country’s poor into the organ trade. At the time, microfinance (particularly the practice of giving small loans to the unsalaried poor with low to no collateral) was revered for its ability to “do good while doing well.” In other words, it enabled people to escape poverty while turning a profit.

Christmas in Havana: President Obama Prevails on Cuban Family Travel Rules

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
December 16, 2011 |

Whenever someone asked me why we have the same anachronistic policy toward an island nation 90 ninety from our shores that we have had for half a century, I generally tell them that Cuba simply "doesn't matter." In a big-picture sense, our policy hasn't changed (or has only gotten hotter) since the Cold War ended and left two combatants behind on the field.

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