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Biden: Gop States Waging 'Assault' On Voting Rights | NBC News

  • By
  • Perry Bacon,
  • New America Foundation
July 24, 2014 |
Vice President Joe Biden said Republican-controlled states like Wisconsin were leading an “assault” on voting rights designed to “repress minority voting” through their passage of laws that require people to present a photo ID to vote.

Inside the U.S. Push to Keep Kurdish Oil Under Baghdad’s Watch | Defense One

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
July 24, 2014 |
The United Leadership, a tanker containing about one million barrels of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan, has been stuck at sea for two months. The ship has been mostly anchored off the Moroccan coast, the victim of legal threats against potential buyers. It is mired in a battle between Kurdistan, intent on parlaying the sale of such oil into independence, and the US and Iraqi governments, which are just as determined to prevent that and keep Iraq whole.

Iraqi Kurdish Oil May Finally Be Freely for Sale as the US Seems to Be Dropping Its Threats | Quartz

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
July 24, 2014 |
The United Leadership, a tanker containing about one million barrels of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan, has been stuck at sea for two months. The ship has been mostly anchored off the Moroccan coast, the victim of legal threats against potential buyers. It is mired in a battle between Kurdistan, intent on parlaying the sale of such oil into independence, and the US and Iraqi governments, which are just as determined to prevent that and keep Iraq whole.

Here’s an Effective Way to Sanction Russia, and Why It Hasn’t Happened So Far | Quartz

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
July 24, 2014 |
Western officials hoping to alter the behavior of Russian president Vladimir Putin are examining a lot of targets for sanctions, but analysts say one entity seems to be off the table for now—Gazprom. The natural gas behemoth spearheads Moscow’s economic and foreign policy abroad, but Europe is so reliant on its supplies that any strike against the company could harm the rest of the continent as much or more than Russia.

Bill Gates Is an Autodidact. You’re Probably Not. | Slate

  • By
  • Annie Murphy Paul,
  • New America Foundation
July 23, 2014 |
Ed tech promoters need to understand how most of us learn.

Can the World’s Most Promising Electric-Car Battery Be Saved? | Quartz

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
July 17, 2014 |
Over the last half-dozen years, a swarm of companies from around the world including General Motors has snapped up licenses for a lithium-ion electrode that promised to deliver the next big step in making electric cars competitive with conventional vehicles. The companies and outside researchers have worked feverishly to optimize the electrode, including an assault on a flaw that gravely undermined its performance.

Putting Teachers at the Center of Education Technology | Slate

  • By
  • Annie Murphy Paul,
  • New America Foundation
July 16, 2014 |
This great program needs only a TV and VCR—no iPads necessary.

Snowdenfreude | Foreign Policy

  • By
  • Shane Harris,
  • New America Foundation
July 16, 2014 |
An American crypto-company is making a killing off German anger about U.S. spying.

ISIL Has Added a Lucrative New Business Line in Iraq: Oil Smuggling | Quartz

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
July 10, 2014 |
ISIL, the business-minded Islamic army threatening Baghdad, has established a new flow of revenue since seizing a large swath of Iraq—an estimated $1 million-a-day oil smuggling business.

Is Your 401(k) Plan Ripping You Off? | Chicago Tribune

  • By
  • Anya Kamenetz,
  • New America Foundation
July 8, 2014 |
For most Americans, the employer-sponsored 401(k) account is their canteen in the desert -- truly essential to their retirement. Eighty percent of full time workers have access to these plans, and 88 million actually participate in them. The defined benefit pension has all but gone the way of the dodo; the defined contribution plan is the way of the future.
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