Commentary

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.

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