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The Story of California Water According to Jerry Brown

KQED News • October 21, 2014 • Dan Brekke

“Gov. Jerry Brown was invited to speak Monday at a Stanford symposium on the future of U.S. water policy. Brown, running for his fourth term as governor, used his appearance at The Hamilton Project conference to give a sort of oral history of California water — which is, in a sense, a Brown family story — and to make a pitch for Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion bond measure on the November ballot…”

Huntington Ingalls chief touts value of preschool

Daily Press • October 21, 2014 • Hugh Lessig

Petters is also involved in the Hamilton Project, a Washington, D.C.-based group that addresses poverty in America. It seeks to expand preschool access for disadvantaged kids and address the "parenting divide," which holds that parents from economically advantaged households spend more time with their children then parents from disadvantaged households.

One Troubling Chart Reveals the Harsh Truth About Inequality in America

Policy Mic • October 21, 2014 • Gregory Krieg

Most troubling is the indication that the effects of economic inequality are felt as early as preschool and kindergarten. In a June memo released by the Hamilton Project, economists found that "despite similar starting points, by age 4, children in the highest income quintile score, on average, in the 69th percentile on tests ... while the children in the lowest income quintile score in the 34th and 32nd percentile."

Retired Women Face Smaller Nest Eggs, Higher Poverty Risk

Think Advisor • October 21, 2014 • Emily Zulz

The figures look worse for the divorced and widowed. As Benjamin H. Harris and Aurite Werman stated in their Brookings analysis, “the 2012 elderly poverty rate for widowed and divorced women was nearly three times that for married women and the elderly poverty rate for divorced women stood at nearly twice that for divorced men.”

Confronting the West’s Water Crisis

Emergency Management • October 21, 2014 • Chad Vander Veen

The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment released a new report Oct. 20 that addresses how Western states can confront the crippling drought that threatens the nation’s entire water system. The report is comprised of three papers, each of which examines particular strategies for coping with ongoing drought conditions.

Miss. locks up more per capita than China and Russia

The Clarion-Ledger • October 21, 2014 • Jerry Mitchell

Studies show the U.S. leads the world in incarceration with 2.2 million, producing more prisoners than engineers, nursing assistants, secondary school teachers, social workers or lawyers. That is at least five times larger than the incarceration rate in other democracies and costs the nation $80 billion, according to a [Hamilton Project at] Brookings Institution's report.

A constitutional convention could be the single most dangerous way to ‘fix’ American government

The Washington Post • October 21, 2014 • Robert Greenstein

A dangerous proposal is circulating in states across the country that could widen political divisions and jeopardize cherished rights and freedoms. The push is coming primarily from well-organized, arch-conservative groups seeking to capitalize on the decline in public trust in government to limit the federal government’s role and spending powers. And the method they prefer is a constitutional convention — the first since the 1787 conclave that produced the U.S. Constitution.

Larry Summers on U.S. Economy, China, Global Markets

Bloomberg TV • October 21, 2014

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers talks about the outlook for U.S. growth, China's economy and global markets. Summers speaks with Stephanie Ruhle on the sidelines of the Robin Hood Investors Conference in New York. They speak on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers."

Let People Shop for Health Care

Bloomberg View • October 21, 2014 • Peter Orszag

If people knew the prices of medical treatments, and if they paid partly from their own pockets, they might shop around and save money. This stands to reason, and a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows it's true. This comes as very encouraging news for the wider effort to keep going the profound deceleration in health costs we've seen over the past several years.

Jerry Brown takes the long view on water

Capitol Alert | The Sacramento Bee • October 20, 2014 • Jeremy B. White

“…Brown highlighted his long experience with the state’s most contentious issue as he addressed a water [Hamilton Project] policy conference at Stanford University on Monday morning. Voters will soon decide whether to authorize $7.5 billion in new borrowing for water projects via a water bond on the November ballot…”

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