Commentary

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.

Forty percent of all college students from the most affluent quarter of the population get a bachelor's degree within five years. For kids in the bottom income quarter, the figure is just six percent, according to a new book, "Strapped," by Tamara Draut.

IT'S APPROACHING that season when students and their parents anxiously await college admissions decisions. But increasingly, an equally feverish process is infecting the other side of the transaction and distorting the process of who gets financial aid.

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Michael Lipsky and Dianne Stewart, Senior Program Director and Director of Public Works at Demos, call for nonprofit groups to lead an effort restore widespread appreciation of the critical role of government as a protector of public values and as a place where Americans come together to solve our most pressing problems.

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Ludovic Blain, Associate Director of the Democracy Program, responds to Rep. William O'Brien's claim that only two other states in the nation allow voters to register on Election Day, and that they both require ID.

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Concord Monitor

Senior Fellow Rich Benjamin and Mark Winston Griffith honor Coretta Scott King's legacy by calling for progressives to take Coretta's lead by sounding a simple yet powerful call to morality, a call that points out the "culture" of greed, self-indulgence and hedonism so common in our nation.

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Drowning in student loan and credit card debt? Can't afford to get married, buy a home, have children? In "Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead," Tamara Draut offers a look at the new obstacle course facing young adults--the under 35 crowd--as they try to build careers, buy homes, and start families. Draut visited "Weekend Today" to discuss her book.

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