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Can Obama Stop Netanyahu's New Settlement Project? | Mother Jones

December 3, 2012

Robert Wright thinks that President Obama needs to respond forcibly to Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to undertake a new round of settlement construction in a highly contested area east of Jerusalem. "This was more than a slap at Obama," he says, "It ...


Note To The Columbus Dispatch: 84% Is Not A Toss-Up | Mother Jones

November 5, 2012

Their headline calls this a "toss-up," and Robert Wright is unhappy about that: Presumably the reason the headline writer felt justified in calling the race a toss-up was this paragraph in the story: "The final Dispatch poll shows Obama leading 50 ...


Romney's Stake in Chinese Stocks | Mother Jones

October 9, 2012

"If you're one of these Chinese internet companies, you factor in for your overhead and operating costs an entire division of people whose job it is to adhere to government censorship and surveillance requirements," says Rebecca MacKinnon, a former Beijing bureau chief for CNN. "Obviously foreign investment is paying for that."

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Our Bipartisan Apathy Toward Civilian Drone Deaths | Mother Jones

September 26, 2012

New America Foundation's Year of the Drone project—the most widely cited in the US of the three strike-tracking sources—currently estimates that 152 to 191 civilians have been killed by drones since 2004....TBIJ estimated that between 482 and 849 ...

Welcoming Our Computer Overlords To High School | Mother Jones

May 9, 2012

Dana Goldstein writes today that very shortly computers are going to lose their ability to efficiently score student writing test samples. Why? Because new tests are going to be more fact based. Instead of asking students to ruminate on "the benefits ...

Holding Birth Control Hostage | Mother Jones

April 30, 2012

"It's harder to get doctors to quit doing certain things" than to embrace new procedures, says Shannon Brownlee, a health policy expert at the New America Foundation who wrote a book about overtreatment in America. Part of the problem, she says, is that the primary way doctors learn about new science is through continuing medical education, which they have to do to keep up their medical licenses. Most continuing medical education is funded by drug and medical device companies.

How a Grassroots Rebellion Won the Nation's Biggest Climate Victory

  • By
  • Mark Hertsgaard,
  • New America Foundation
April 23, 2012 |

By most accounts, the summer of 2010—when climate legislation died its slow, agonizing death on Capitol Hill—was not a happy time for environmentalists. So why was Mary Anne Hitt feeling buoyant, even hopeful? Part of the reason, no doubt, were the endorphins of first-time parenthood. Baby Hazel, born in April 2010, was fair like her mother and curly haired like her father. She was also an 11th-generation West Virginian, which perhaps explained her mom's other preoccupation: stopping mountaintop-removal coal mining in Appalachia.

What My Television Says About Our Broken Tax Code

  • By
  • Rachel Black,
  • New America Foundation
April 16, 2012 |

My television is 100-pound behemoth from an era when Seinfeld was still must-see TV. So, when a couple of friends offered to sell my husband and me their "old" set a month ago—a svelte 32'' flat screen I could have carried home without getting winded—we jumped at the chance.

We immediately boasted about our purchase to my in-laws. My former banker father-in-law reminded me that, as a bonus, we could deduct the cost of the ancient set from our taxes after we donated it.

It's the Wealth Gap, Stupid

  • By
  • Reid Cramer,
  • New America Foundation
February 13, 2012 |

When Mitt Romney bowed to political pressure and released his 2010 tax return, it showed, to no one's great surprise, that the Romneys are rich. Really, really rich. They reported income of more than $21 million, itemized deductions of over $4.5 million, and a total tax bill of just over $3 million. They made charitable contributions of almost $3 million, although more than half of that went to their church.

How the Meat Industry Turned Abuse Into a Business Model | Mother Jones

June 29, 2011

As Barry C. Lynn showed in a luminous 2006 Harper's essay—later expanded into the book Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction—the new profit regime required a new antirust regime. US antitrust authorities still ...

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