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  • Stuart Eizenstat Discusses Jimmy Carter Presidency
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    President Carter

    Stuart Eizenstat, chief domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter, recalled the tenure of America’s 39th president.

  • American Enterprise Institute Forum on 1996 Welfare Law States Panel
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    American Enterprise Institute Forum on 1996 Welfare Law, States Panel

    Panelists analyzed the impact of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), also known as the welfare reform law. This panel included current and former state…

  • Nutrition Programs for Women Infants and Children
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    Nutrition Programs for Women, Infants and Children

    Douglas Besharov talked about the Special Supplemental Nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children (commonly known as "WIC"). Topics included eligibility requirements, how WIC is funded, the nutritional quality of…

  • Federal Programs and Poverty
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    Federal Programs and Poverty

    Douglas Besharov and Peter Edelman talked about federal poverty programs, their cost, and their efficacy in reducing poverty. They also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.…

  • Assistance to Families Reauthorization
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    Assistance to Families Reauthorization

    Witnesses testified on the re-authorization of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program, focusing on the ways states engage recipients in work activities that move them…

  • emPrices Poverty and Inequalityem
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    Prices, Poverty, and Inequality

    David Weinstein talked about the book he wrote with Christian Broda, Prices, Poverty, and Inequality: Why Americans Are Better Off Than You Think (American Enterprise Institute Press; October…

  • Income and Poverty Census Bureau Numbers
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    Income and Poverty Census Bureau Numbers

    A panel discussion was held on the latest numbers for income and poverty from the Census Bureau. Douglas Besharov moderated.

  • Social and Economic Indicators
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    Social and Economic Indicators

    In anticipation of the August 28 release of the U.S. Census Bureau’s “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage” report, scholars Joseph Antos, Douglas J. Besharov, and Karlyn Bowman…

  • Measuring Poverty after Katrina
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    Measuring Poverty after Katrina

    Panelists talked about annual official statistics on income and poverty to be released by the Census Bureau the next day and offered a framework for interpretation of the data. They also…

  • Stagnation of Black Middle Class
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    Stagnation of Black Middle Class

    The commission heard testimony from experts about the consequences of the stagnation in growth of the Black Middle Class, including income trends, lack of career-oriented educational…

  • emFewer  The New Demography of Depopulationem
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    Fewer: The New Demography of Depopulation

    Mr. Wattenberg talks about his book Fewer: How the New Demography of Depopulation Will Shape Our Future, published by Ivan R. Dee. In the book he discusses low birth and fertility rates and…

  • Conversation with Lynne Cheney
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    Conversation with Lynne Cheney

    Professor Besharon moderated a discussion with Mrs. Cheney in which she talked about her experiences in political life, perceptions of U.S. history, books she had written, and teaching…

  • emBeyond the Color Lineem
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    Beyond the Color Line

    Contributors to Beyond the Color Line: New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America, published by the Hoover Institution Press, participated in a panel with Stephan Thernstrom, the book’s co-editor. Additional books written by…

  • Political Dynamics in Washington
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    Political Dynamics in Washington

    Mr. Broder and Mr. Johnson spoke about political culture in Washington, DC in the aftermath of the 2000 presidential elections. Among the issues they addressed were the economy, energy…

  • Privacy in American Society
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    Privacy in American Society

    Participants debated the resolution, “there should be less privacy in American society, not more,” focusing on the competing interests between civil rights and public safety. After their…

  • WellBeing of American Children
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    Well-Being of American Children

    Participants talked about a report on the well-being of American children and were honored for their work in behalf of children’s welfare. The report focused on the health, security and…

  • Resolved Social Security
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    Resolved: Social Security

    Mr. Glassman and Mr. Aaron debated about the privatization of Social Security and if it would benefit the American people. They focused on the increased costs of mutual funds and pensions to last…

  • Maryland Gubernatorial Debate
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    Maryland Gubernatorial Debate

    The candidates debated about issues of national and local importance. They took questions from a panel of journalists.

  • Welfare Reform Issues
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    Welfare Reform Issues

    Panelists talked about the future of welfare reform and how the 1996 welfare reform legislation will impact states. Issues such as time limits, sanctions and programs designed to divert…

  • ChurchBased Mentoring Programs
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    Church-Based Mentoring Programs

    The panelists described the role that U.S. churches play in helping low-income families make the transition from welfare to work. They also talked about ways to increase the effectiveness…

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