Max Ehrenfreund

In Denver Tonight, Remembering Aurora

Recent Syracuse University graduate and Fulbright recipient Stephen Barton was wounded in the massacre in Aurora, Colo. in July. This week, he’s talking about gun violence in a 30-second television advertisement. He’s deferred his fellowship to teach English in Russia, and he’s joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of mayors advocating for stricter controls… Read more »

NYU Sued Over Expansion

New York University faculty joined neighborhood associations earlier this week in a lawsuit to block the school’s 1.9 million square foot expansion plan in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Artsy types around the country will be worried about that the iconic neighborhood where Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko, and Andy Warhol once worked will be replaced by towers… Read more »

The Market Won’t Save Medicare

Despite its soporific title, the Independent Payment Advisory Board is one of the most powerful elements of the Affordable Care Act. The health care law’s writers designed the board to protect decisions about Medicare from lobbyists, who almost everyone agrees are a serious problem for the beleaguered program. That’s Daniel Kessler’s argument in the latest… Read more »

Is Encouraging Homeownership Misguided?

Cory Booker spoke at lunch at this year’s Assets Learning Conference, the Corporation for Enterprise Development’s biannual conference on policies to help families save money. He told the audience of researchers, government officials, and consumer advocates that they are “soldiers” and “freedom fighters” in a “movement of liberation.” He also recited a poem by Langston… Read more »

Net Worth Distribution: Where Did the Money Go?

Ray Boshara, a senior adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, just showed this alarming slide to a group at the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) Assets Learning Conference here in Washington, where a big group of folks has gathered to talk about policies to help people save money. Boshara called people with… Read more »