New America in the News: 2008

New America staff and fellows appear regularly on radio and television, and are frequently quoted in media outlets of all types. A selection of that coverage is available below.

Peter Bergen on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees | 'Al Qaeda's Message to Barack Obama'

November 19, 2008

PETER BERGEN, CNN SECURITY ANALYST: Well, of late, Anderson, both Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden, obviously, they've got a lot of time on their hands, sitting around, trying to avoid being killed by a Hellfire missile strike. But in between those, they're doing a lot of reading.

New America’s Event with Eric Schmidt in Washington Times | 'Google CEO Urges Government to Spur Technology'

November 19, 2008

The U.S. government needs to do a better job of embracing technology to promote transparency, making more information available online and soliciting public opinion on policy, the head of Google Inc. said Tuesday in Washington.

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New America’s Event with Eric Schmidt in Congress Daily | 'Google CEO Touts Innovation Amid Economic Turmoil'

November 19, 2008
Google CEO Eric Schmidt spoke to a crowd convened by the New America Foundation in Washington on Tuesday about the ways technology can help Barack Obama's administration and Congress address two of the biggest challenges ahead: generating short- and long-term economic and job growth that can help pull the nation out of financial turmoil, and restoring public trust in government.
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Steve Clemons in Middle East Times | 'Outside View: Russia's New Start'

November 19, 2008
According to blogger and foreign policy expert Steve Clemons, he has regularly "opposed false trade-offs between embracing Eastern European nations (and even helping to create new ones) and Russia's serious national priorities." LINK

Terry Tamminen in The San Francisco Chronicle | 'Governor in Limelight as Climate Summit Host'

November 18, 2008
"First thing is that we want (the conference) to be a showcase of what the states, provinces and countries are doing to limit emissions, and I think that'll surprise the world," said Terry Tamminen, former secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency under Schwarzenegger. LINK

New America’s Event with Eric Schmidt in Reuters | 'Google CEO Schmidt Lays Out U.S. Energy Ideas'

November 18, 2008

The United States should use part of any future economic stimulus package to connect wind turbines and solar energy to the nation's electricity grid, said Google Inc Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, an advisor to President-elect Barack Obama.

"You have a command and control (power) grid designed in the 1960s," Schmidt told a New America Foundation event. LINK

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Peter Bergen in the Toronto Star | 'Taliban Spurns Karzai's Peace Bid'

November 18, 2008
Although Omar is the most senior Taliban leader, says Peter Bergen, author of The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of Al Qaeda's Leader, "he controls the faithful, but there hasn't been any evidence for years that he controls the battlefield." LINK

New America Event with Eric Schmidt on CNNMoney.com | 'Ahead of the Bell: Google CEO Goes to Washington'

November 18, 2008
Google Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Eric Schmidt will be in Washington Tuesday to talk about the intersection of technology and the economy...

The event, entitled "Eric Schmidt on What's Ahead," is being hosted by the New America Foundation, a Washington, D.C., think tank. LINK
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Terry Tamminen in Grist Magazine | 'States of Grace'

November 18, 2008
Terry Tamminen stressed that states and local governments have already gotten a substantial head start on climate policy, offering incoming president Obama a foundation on which to craft a federal program. LINK

Len Nichols in the Los Angeles Times | 'Political Temperature May Be Just Right for Healthcare Overhaul'

November 18, 2008
Len Nichols, an economist who directs the health policy program at the New America Foundation, thinks Obama cannot wait to act on healthcare.

He said runaway healthcare costs would not slow during the recession.

"Healthcare is part of the economic structure," Nichols said. "The concept that this is some kind of add-on, a luxury, as opposed to an integral part of our economy, is false."

Bailout Plan for Student Loan Companies Might Hurt Students | Diverse Issues in Higher Education

November 18, 2008
“We are very wary of the government bailing out private student loan providers, many of whom engaged in predatory practices by pushing high-cost private loans on high-risk borrowers,” says Stephen Burd, senior fellow at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy think tank. ... Outside Article

Terry Tamminen on Marketplace | 'California Climate Summit's Global Impact'

November 18, 2008

Summit organizer Terry Tamminen says even with a more climate-friendly White House, states like California will play a vital role in shaping the next international

TERRY TAMMINEN: Any problem benefits from breaking it down into smaller parts and solving those parts and then building it back up to the whole. And the same thing is true with climate policy. LINK to audio

Economic Cost of Not Reforming Health Care | WTOP

November 18, 2008
Len Nichols, director of the Health Policy Program at New America, on the topic of health care reform. ... Outside Audio

Health Policy Program Report on Wall Street Journal Online | 'Health Insurance Tab Creeps Toward Half of Family Income'

November 17, 2008
By 2016, the average premiums paid by employers and their workers for family coverage could top $24,000. That amount would put the cost for family health insurance at 45% of median household income, if current trends continue, says a report from the New America Foundation.

Douglas McGray with Crosscurrents - KALW News | 'The Flipside of Check Cashing'

November 17, 2008
Low income families often end up going to check cashing outlets rather than banks. For the last 5 years or so, check cashers and payday loan companies have played the role of villain in news stories. They were the bad guys for charging ridiculously high interest rates and for ripping off the poor. But in a recent story in the New York Times Magazine check cashing tycoon Tom Nix appeared in the role of hero rather than villain.

Len Nichols in Congressional Quarterly Today | 'Baucus’ Proposed Health Care Overhaul May Disregard Pay-As-You-Go Rules'

November 17, 2008
Len Nichols, health policy director for the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank, said that a health care overhaul needn’t comply strictly with pay-as-you-go rules as long as it eventually reduces health care costs, as Baucus says he intends.

Sherle Schwenninger in Bloomberg News | 'Obama-Pelosi Stimulus May Fail to Reignite Economy'

November 17, 2008
Japan's experience suggests the U.S. should be cautious about when it decides to start easing up on its stimulus programs. The world's second-largest economy raised consumption taxes in 1997 and fell back into a recession.

That's why economist Sherle Schwenninger of the New America Foundation in Washington, says talk about Obama's plan to raise taxes on the wealthy isn't ``helpful'' now. LINK

New America Foundation in Newsweek | 'Hey, Mr. President-Elect, Got a Minute ... or 10?'

November 17, 2008
Former senator Tom Daschle furnished Obama with an entire Senate staff--his--and has served as the campaign wise man. Obama staffers from the Senate, such as Karen Kornbluh (domestic policy) and Susan Rice (foreign policy), will remain key players, even as the think tank Kornbluh was with--the centrist, market-oriented New America Foundation--gets layered by Podesta's more traditional Democratic types. LINK
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Jacob Hacker in the New York Times | 'Will the Safety Net Catch Economy’s Casualties?'

November 16, 2008
“Some of the core elements of the social safety net have eroded,” said Jacob Hacker, author of “The Great Risk Shift” and a professor of political science at the University of California at Berkeley.

Terry Tamminen in Bloomberg News | 'Schwarzenegger's Hollywood Summit Seeks Thaw in Climate Talks'

November 16, 2008
``I think it helps people understand the various elements of where you can get reductions,'' said Terry Tamminen, a climate change adviser to Schwarzenegger. ``When you look at a watermelon, you can't imagine how you're going to eat it but if you slice it and take one bite at a time, it's not that hard.'' LINK
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