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Those Obamacare Attack Ads Backfired, Actually Helped Boost Enrollment

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

While those attack ads likely cost some Democratic members of Congress their jobs in 2012, a new report indicates that, crazy as it sounds, those ads may have contributed to the success of the health care legislation this year.

Anti-Obamacare Ads May Have Totally Backfired

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

The hundreds of millions of dollars spent on anti-Obamacare ads may have inadvertently encouraged enrollment, a Brookings Institution study released W...

Political Gridlock Is an Enemy of Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

With important issues facing our nation, very little is getting done. And for our nation's children, stalemate in Congress precludes action on addressing a wide array of problems.

Funneling Funding in to Resilience

Shalini Vajjhala | Posted 05.30.2014 | Green
Shalini Vajjhala

On Friday, May 16th, I was in Washington, D.C., during a torrential downpour. Flash flood warnings stretched from Virginia, across Washington and out ...

Underwater America: Will President Obama, Mel Watt and Wall Street Finally Do the Right Thing for Troubled Homeowners?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The Obama administration did too little, too late, to help troubled homeowners, who faced plummeting home prices and the risk of foreclosure. The most important thing they can do is get Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to adopt principal reduction.

The Next Phase of Enhanced Student Loan Forgiveness: Pay as You Earn

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education
Wendy N. Powell

Individually, we may thrive by enhanced debt forgiveness but collectively, we retreat with considerable increases to our national debt obligation that we likely cannot afford.

What Is Mel Watt Waiting For?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.13.2014 | Business
Peter Dreier

Some pundits and politicians claim that America's housing market is now recovering from plummeting home prices and a years-long lull in new construction. But the so-called recovery is very uneven.

Scaling Up Education: Finding New Financing Methods

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

It looks like funding for education aid is always going to be a source of controversy. Disbursed aid levels for education in developing countries are barely reaching one-third of what governments have committed to.

'Our Energy Moment': The Blue Engine Behind Fracked Gas Exports PR Blitz

Steve Horn | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Behind nearly every major corporate policy push there's an accompanying well-coordinated public relations and propag...

Joy Resmovits

Students Probably Do Less Homework Than You Think

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

The portrait of the American student buried under a crippling load of homework has been way overblown in news articles, argues a new report from the B...

Expanding School Choice: An Education Revolution or Diversion?

Patte Barth | Posted 03.24.2014 | Education
Patte Barth

Far from an education revolution, the political attention given choice and competition is diverting us from the hard work of making sure public schools prepare every child for their next steps after graduation.

The 'Expectation Revolution' Is Rattling Chile, Turkey and Brazil

Kemal Dervis | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
Kemal Dervis

Big challenges lie ahead for the emerging economies. To avoid serious social and political pressures, growth has to be not only rapid, but broad based and equitable, in the sense that if there are steep income increases for some accompanying rapid growth, they must be perceived as deserved by effort and job creation, and not due to exploitation of rents or political favours.

Singapore Migrants Riot, Websites Chill, but Yale-in-Singapore Keeps Warm

Jim Sleeper | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

Americans who haven't given up on liberal democracy should pay close attention to what's going on behind Singapore's glittering facade before they praise Yale's role in plunging Yale-NUS' idealistic young students and faculty into a reinvention of liberal education there.

Education: All in the Family

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

We propose a Welfare to Homework program. In this program, parents would be trained and paid not to leave home to go to work but to stay home and become part of the educational team. These parents might even been paid a bonus for their children's attendance and performance at school.

Is Congress Simply No Fun Anymore?

National Journal | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics

When Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., announced this week that he would retire from his seat after 10 years in the House, he cited his frustrations with ...

More Republican Districts Saw Increase In Suburban Poverty: Report

The Huffington Post | Ryan Rainey | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics

Suburban poverty has increased in more Republican congressional districts than Democratic ones, a new report said. According to a Brookings Instit...

The One Thing Obama Neglected To Mention On His Jobs Tour

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 09.29.2013 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

Inequality is not simply a question of spending power. It has physical dimensions, not least urban geography that includes an unbridgeable chasm between working opportunities and the places where people live.

The Promise: The Families Of Sandy Hook And The Long Road To Gun Safety

Brookings Institution | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics

It was the saddest roll call I've ever heard. "I'm Nelba; my daughter's name is Ana; she was six." "I'm Mark; my son's name was Daniel; he was seven."...

Why Obama's Minimum Wage Proposal Still Isn't Enough

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business

When President Barack Obama called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour in his 2013 State Of The Union Address, he defended th...

Designing for the Metropolitan Revolution

Randy Howder | Posted 08.20.2013 | San Francisco
Randy Howder

Across the U.S., mayors, educators, philanthropists, business and community leaders and others who govern the nation's cities and metropolitan areas are taking on the big issues that the federal government won't, or can't, solve.

The Competitive Edge of U.S. Wireless

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 08.17.2013 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

This week, Tom Wheeler, President Obama's well-qualified nominee to Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, will have his confirmation hearing...

Good News and Serious Challenges in Brookings Report on Suburban Poverty

Philip Tegeler | Posted 07.21.2013 | Politics
Philip Tegeler

As the report points out, more poor people now live in suburbs than in central cities. There is both "good news" and "bad news" in this trend.

UN Development Goals Must Include Education Quality

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Out of 650 million children worldwide of preschool age, only 164 million are actually enrolled. But in addition to ongoing problems with access, there is an increasing understanding that access alone won't solve our education crisis.

Avoiding Armageddon: South Asia's Perennial Challenge

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 06.05.2013 | Books
Malik Siraj Akbar

It is simply hard to overlook today's South Asia because of the enormous challenges it faces and economic opportunities it offers. South Asia, especially India, offers remarkable opportunities of economic cooperation for the United States.

Forced Migration? Facing an Uncomfortable Future

American Anthropological Association | Posted 05.29.2013 | Green
American Anthropological Association

Currently the U.S. has no unified federal program that provides guidance and funding for the relocation of affected communities such as those in Alaska that are pummeled by coastal storms.