The New America Fellows Program supports talented journalists, academics and other public policy analysts who offer a fresh and often unpredictable perspective on the major challenges facing our society.

Trust and Economic Growth in China

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Guests include Madeleine Lynn, Director of Communications at Carnegie Council; Evan Osnos, staff writer at The New Yorker; Hao Wu, fellow at the New America Foundation; William Kirby, professor at Harvard University; and Edward Chin, supporter of the Occupy Central Movement with Love and Peace in Hong Kong.

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article | November 19, 2014 | Fellows

Chris Christie victory lap for Republican governors could be cut short by 2016 presidential politics

“I think once primary season hits the gloves are off and hardball politics begin,” said Julian Zelizer, a professor of political history at Princeton University. But the kumbaya moments won’t last, said Zelizer, who said this marks a “turning point” in the presidential race calendar.“He himself saw how the last round of (presidential) primaries worked. Republicans are not all united and they are not going to be kind to each other,” he said. “They might say they are all friends, … but given how vicious things are, that’s probably not true.”

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in the news | November 14, 2014 | Fellows

As Chinese Adoptees Return Home, a New Genre Tells Their Tales

“Ricki’s Promise,” a documentary about a Seattle teen’s summer spent with her birth family in China, began showing on the U.S. film festival circuit this month. Next month, the U.S. cable network SundanceTV will premiere “One Child,” a fictional mini-series about a British-American adoptee’s involvement with her China family. “Touching Home” is an electronic book in production about two Massachusetts teenagers’ return to their rural China roots

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in the news | November 14, 2014 | Fellows

Invest in Smarter Government

Here’s what I would do with my wave of the magic wand. I would triple the amount the Congress spends on staff (keeping it still at just under 0.1% of the total federal budget). I’d also concentrate that spending in the policy committees. I’d give those committees the resources to be leading institutions for expertise on the issues on which they deal. I’d also give these committees the resources to hire their own experts — economists, lawyers, consultants, etc.12 But I’d also make sure that these committees were not explicitly partisan. Rather than Republicans and Democrats having separate committee staffs, have one committee staff of professionals and experts. Staff could be a mix of political leanings. But let them be one team, where they argue and hash out ideas together.

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in the news | November 14, 2014 | Fellows

To Catch a Professor

Are the recent midterm voters reflective of the American public? Today on The Gist, history and public affairs professor Julian Zelizer explains what’s a lame-duck Congress to make of the midterm results. Then Slate’s Emily Yoffe joins us for a Post-Prudence Impact Statement with past letter writer “Ethical Dilemma.” For the Spiel, we finally get around to addressing the issue of being late.

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in the news | November 05, 2014 | Fellows

Midterm election results may force President Obama to shift course

“A horrible situation on Capitol Hill is going to only get worse,” said Julian Zelizer, a political historian at Princeton University. “The idea that there’s going to be room for compromise is a nice idea, but it’s not likely. Republicans are going to feel emboldened and they’re going to push the president much further than he wants to go on domestic policy.”

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in the news | November 04, 2014 | Fellows

Christie's big day is nigh, but will his shower of RGA cash yield wins for GOP governors?

“He was this vey powerful candidate for the presidency,” said Julian Zelizer, a professor at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a presidential historian. “People are looking for measures of what kind of guy he is, and what he can deliver in terms of both money and elections. The overall count (of won or lost governor’s races) matters.”

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