Commentary

Senior Fellow David Callahan comments on cheating as the antithesis of equal opportunity — the notion that we all should have a fair shot at success and that the people who get rewarded are the people who deserve those rewards because they worked the hardest. Callahan calls for faculty to cast the issue of cheating on campus as a matter of justice, and empower students to take action, so that perhaps some day they won't have to spend so much time playing cop.

Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky details the confusion and misinformation that deprives ex-prisoners of the right to vote damages American democracy, as outlined in his new book Conned: How Millions Went to Prison and Lost the Vote.

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In this excerpt from his new book, Sasha Abramsky reveals what really happened during the 2000 Election voter 'purge.'

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Senior Fellow Jennifer Wheary discusses how gaps in homeownership and equity levels are due to serious flaws in the opportunity infrastructure — namely lending practices that create barriers for African-Americans and Latinos who want to buy homes.

The HUD report says race-based discrimination makes up nearly 40 percent of housing complaints. Housing discrimination in any form is unacceptable. But continuing discrimination with regard to race could cost the country its future.

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Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert H. Frank highlights how recent state actions may not be the most efficient ways of dealing with our most pressing problems. But they are an unmistakable signal of voter impatience with ineffective government at the federal level.

In most of the world, for example, the primary responsibility for ensuring access to health care, regulating environmental quality and supporting basic scientific research is exercised by national governments. But in this country, these tasks are increasingly managed by state, and even local, governments.

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Senior Fellow Rich Benjamin exposes how ventures in faith-based politics cannot conceal the president's attention and policy deficits on young people's issues. Benjamin demonstrates how "Helping America's Youth" belongs to a string of White House maneuvers that fake substantive commitment to effective reform.

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Omaha World Herald

Economic Opportunity Program Director Tamara Draut discusses how more and more 18-to-34-year-olds are realizing there's a big difference between the right to vote and a reason to vote. Though surely it was unintended, our policy-makers have provided this generation with a big reason to vote: economic insecurity.

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Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky discusses how the bureaucratic reforms now taking place in California's correctional system are long overdue and, quite possibly will succeed in making a brutal culture marginally less brutal and significantly more empathetic. Yet, at the end of the day, they are only one part of the equation.

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Economic Opportunity Program Director Tamara Draut responds to Cheney's speech at the 2006 Summit on Retirement Savings, commenting on how he was just giving us a nod. Just showing us that he's "in touch" with the reality that most Americans are caught in a vise grip of dwindling earnings and rising costs. But rest assured: As his remarks made quite clear, this administration isn't going to address these issues.

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The late, great legal scholar John Hart Ely conceived of judges as referees. Rather than taking sides in political or cultural disputes, Ely believed that the judicial branch should police the political process to ensure fairness and thwart powerful in-groups’ inevitable efforts to stack the deck against their out-of-power rivals.