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Issue #15, Winter 2010
That Old College Lie
Kevin Carey: Forget the U.S. News and most other rankings. They fail to address a fundamental question: How well do colleges and universities teach? Information that would answer this question exists. But many schools, coasting on reputation and research, don’t want the public to see it. They even employ the most powerful lobby in Washington that you’ve never heard of to make sure things stay that way. It’s time for a movement to make sure things don’t.
The Next War on Poverty
Peter Edelman: Conventional wisdom aside, some '60s-era inner-city programs have been a success. Now it's time for Obama to launch phase two.
The Cairo Conundrum
Shadi Hamid: Egypt is the linchpin to America's Middle East policy—a policy that must make interests reinforce ideals, rather than conflict with them.
Federalism and Its Discontents
Greg Anrig: The states are drowning. The best life-preserver that Washington can throw at them is to take over Medicaid.
The Lion at Rest
Thomas Oliphant: In life, while amassing the most consequential record in Senate history, Edward Kennedy rarely spoke about the deep forces that motivated him. But in death, he has left a surprisingly candid accounting. A journalist who knew him well for four decades reflects.
Out of the Rubble
Amy Wilentz: Do we create more caring communities in the wake of natural catastrophes? Depends on what 'we' you mean.
Everyday Heroes
John A. Nagl: What Pat Tillman's story tells us about modern military heroism.
In Galt They Trust
Ed Kilgore: Ayn Rand hated both God and Ronald Reagan. Something to consider for the Tea Partiers. After all, she'd hate them, too.
Clinton's Foundations
Matthew Cooper: Bill Clinton acted on principle far more often than you may think.
Editor's Note
Michael Tomasky: Michael Tomasky on Issue #15.
The Courage of Our Contradictions
William Galston: A new liberalism must reflect not only on our permanent beliefs, but also on many Americans' reservations about them. A response to E.J. Dionne, Jr.
German Lessons
Clay Risen: Should progressives frusrated with our democracy pine for a parliamentary system? In a word—nein.
The Lion at Rest
Thomas Oliphant: Ted Kennedy's greatness lay in his surprisingly rigorous self-awareness.
Out of the Rubble
Amy Wilentz: Do we create more caring communities in the wake of natural catastrophes? Depends on what "we" you mean.
The Courage of Our Contradictions
William Galston: A new liberalism must reflect not only on our permanent beliefs, but also on many Americans' reservations about them. A response to E.J. Dionne, Jr.
Clinton's Foundations
Matthew Cooper: Bill Clinton acted on principle far more often than you may think.
German Lessons
Clay Risen: Should progressives frustrated with our democracy pine for a parliamentary system? In a word—nein.
That Old College Lie
Kevin Carey: Are our colleges teaching students well? No. But here's how to make them.
The Next War on Poverty
Peter Edelman: Conventional wisdom aside, some '60s-era inner-city programs have been a success. Now it's time for Obama to launch phase two.
Federalism and Its Discontents
Greg Anrig: The states are drowning. The best life-preserver that Washington can throw at them is to take over Medicaid.
The Cairo Conundrum
Shadi Hamid: Egypt is the linchpin to America's Middle East policy—a policy that must make interests reinforce ideals, rather than conflict with them.
Obama Proposes Consumer Financial Protection Agency
News: President Barack Obama has proposed the creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Agency, an idea first written about in Democracy.
Michael Tomasky to Become Editor of Democracy
News: Michael Tomasky, a highly respected writer and editor with more than 20 years' experience covering American politics and helping to define and update progressive ideas, will join Democracy: A Journal of Ideas as its Editor.
 
 


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