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Gov. Ed Rendell, 60 Minutes
January 9, 2011

THRIFT AND GENEROSITY

Slot Machines: The Big Gamble

CBS 60 Minutes, January 9, 2011

Les Bernal, executive director of Stop Predatory Gambling [and Institute partner], was on 60 Minutes. See Ed Rendell lose his cool.

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Pintek: Citizens Have Right to Gamble

NEWSRADIO 1020 KDKA, January 11, 2011

"On the heels of a '60 Minutes' interview in which Governor Ed Rendell lashed out at Lesley Stahl for questioning the effects of legalized gambling, Mike Pintek talked with Les Bernal, the Executive Director of Stop Predatory Gambling. Like the governor, Pintek says he believes citizens have a right to gamble."

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NM Group Interviewed For '60 Minutes'

KASA Fox 2, January 10, 2011

"Three homes in Albuquerque hosted a 60 Minutes watch party. Members of the group Stop Predatory Gambling said Sunday's show called attention to a problem they have been trying to stop for years."

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Templeton Report: The Week of Living Thriftily

"'Thrift came to be seen as old-fashioned as the financial service industry, the consumer economy, and the consumer culture all converged to provide the means and send the message that it was okay, even strategically sound, to take on loads of debt to finance our consumer wants and desires,' says sociologist Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, director of the John Templeton Center for Thrift and Generosity at the Institute for American Values."

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Philanthropy and Its Enemies

By Dane Stangler, City Journal, January 14, 2011

"Gaudiani's book is a patient explanation of the enduring vitality of American philanthropy and an all-too-necessary reminder to policymakers and critics across the political spectrum that government is not, and never can be, a substitute for private philanthropy."

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Philanthropy Alive and Well In Winona

By Jim Eddy, Winona Daily News, January 6, 2011

"In 'Generosity Unbound,' author Claire Guadiana sets forth the history and justification for philanthropy in the United States. Whether one focuses on education, science, technology or assisting people, philanthropy has been a leader thanks to the likes of Andrew Carnegie or today Bill and Melinda Gates."

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NEST AND NEST EGG

Kansas Gov.-elect Sam Brownback Reiterates Arguments against "Marriage Penalty" for Those Receiving Welfare

By Scott Rothschild, Lawrence Journal-World, January 4, 2011

"Brownback and Blankenhorn proposed allowing newly married couples to be allowed to receive all their benefits for the first three years of marriage. 'This adjustment should give newly married couples a sufficient grace period to realize the economic benefits of marriage -- and save money to stabilize their financial situation -- before government benefits cease,' they wrote. Brownback and Blankenhorn then asked, 'What's the next step? We need to test this idea.' If Brownback has his way, Kansas will be the place to test this idea."

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A Brownback Idea Even Liberals Might Like

By Mike Hendricks, Kansas City Star, January 4, 2011

"Likewise, the notion that welfare rules discourage marriage is not without basis. Marriage has been in steep decline among lower-income Americans for decades. And while no studies have conclusively found a correlation between that decline and welfare guidelines, the anecdotal evidence has long stirred the passions of those who want to encourage marriage as an institution. Among them is David Blankenhorn, a self-described liberal Democrat who leads the Institute for American Values and is one of the leaders of the so-called fatherhood movement. In 2008, Brownback and Blankenhorn co-wrote an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal suggesting an end to the welfare marriage penalty. It's one of those rare issues, they said, that should appeal to liberals and conservatives alike."

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Brownback Adviser Envisions Taxpayer-Financed Program to Build Nest Eggs

By Mike Hendricks, Kansas City Star, January 6, 2011

"If Brownback is successful in ending the welfare marriage penalty, then Kansas will be the first state in the nation to do so. Blankenhorn confirmed that when I reached him in Topeka the other day. That's not why he flew in from New York City, headquarters for the nonpartisan, pro-marriage Institute for American Values that he heads. He's here to research an initiative that he calls the Nest and the Nest Egg. The Democrat who hangs with the Republican Brownback worries about the sinking fortunes of the middle class. Millions feel they're being forced out of the middle. One solution, Blankenhorn says: Get people saving again."

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MARRIAGE AND FAMILIES

Coverage of our most recent issue of The State of Our Unions, When Marriage Disappears, continues:

Loury vs. Lowry

Bloggingheads.tv, January 5, 2011

Glenn Loury, professor at Brown University, and Rich Lowry, editor of National Review Magazine, discuss "When Marriage Disappears: The New Middle America" [among other things].

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Love in Middle America: "It's Complicated"

By Amber and David Lapp, First Things blog On the Square, January 7, 2011

Co-investigators of the Love and Marriage in Middle America project at the Institute for American Values, David and Amber Lapp write, "But with the stress of raising children, an unsteady income, and a history of cheating, within the month after we met them Rob's Facebook status changed from 'in a relationship' to 'single' to 'in a relationship' -- and finally settled on 'it's complicated.'"

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In Middle America Marriage Is In Trouble

By Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz, Psychology Today, January 4, 2011

"In Middle America, marriage is in trouble! So say W. Bradford Wilcox of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and Elizabeth Marquardt of the Center for Marriage and Families Institute for American Values in New York City. Their just released report entitled, When Marriage Disappears: The New Middle America (The State of Our Unions, Marriage in America 2010) is cause for concern when it comes to the future of marriage in America."

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Deterioration of Marriage Is Harmful Trend

By David Blankenhorn (Sr.), Jackson Clarion-Ledger, January 10, 2011

"I'm the other David Blankenhorn. My son, the more noted one, is the founder and president of The Institute for American Values, a think tank based in New York, whose mission is to study and strengthen the family, and civil society. Recently the Institute for American Values and the University of Virginia co-published "The State of Our Unions," a report on marriage in the United States."

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Other notable articles:

The Untold Story of Sperm-Donor Children

By Christine A. Scheller, Christianity Today blog Her.meneutics, January 28, 2011

"According to Elizabeth Marquardt, director of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values and editor of FamilyScholars.org, half of young adults who are conceived by sperm donation are 'disturbed about the circumstances of their conception.' 'Overall, compared to those who are raised by their biological parents, they are more likely to struggle with mental illness or substance abuse or depression,' Marquardt told NPR last summer."

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Treating the Body as a Sacred Home

By Amy Ziettlow, Huffington Post, January 20, 2011

FamilyScholars.org blogger, Amy Ziettlow, writes, "Day in and day out, hospice team members travel to local homes with the goal of assisting patients to feel at home in their bodies. For many of those we serve, their bodies may feel quite alien, uncomfortable, unwieldy, and painful. As they lose control of basic body functions, such as eating, toileting, bathing and breathing, the body can feel like a burdensome, run-down shack and not the sacred home that it is. I use the word 'home' in its best possible connotations: a place of safety and security, of warmth and acceptance, of comfort and deep identity."

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Zachary May Feel Like Elton's Motherless Child

By Greg Donnelly, Australian, January 5, 2011

"On the question of the knowledge of the identity of one's biological parents it is important to listen to those who should know, the people born through ART. As the children first born through the use of these technologies reach adulthood they are expressing feelings of anxiety about having their biological roots tampered with. Anybody having doubts about what society is being complicit in should visit the website of the organisation Tangled Webs or read the research of the Commission on Parenthood's Future released in a report published in May this year entitled, 'My Daddy's Name is Donor: A New Study of Young Adults Conceived through Sperm Donation.'"

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IJTIHADREASON

The New Age of the Arab Citizen

By Hassan I. Mneimneh, Director of the Center for IjtihadReason, IjtihadReason, January 31, 2011

"The popular uprisings, first in Tunisia, and now in Egypt, expose the limitations of a political order that gave the illusion of providing stability and securing the interests of many stakeholders. It is an order based on the convergence of interests of local autocrats and global powers, both seeking to contain and reverse the rise of militant Islamism and neutralize the effects of the Palestinian question."

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The Bou-Azizi Effect, the Failure of Islamist Mobilization, and Global Dialogue

By Hassan I. Mneimneh, IjtihadReason, January 2011

"The momentous events witnessed by Tunisia, and which led to the collapse of the 23 year-old authoritarian regime of Zine el-Abidine Bin Ali, are evidently the culmination of a long build-up of grievances, notably economic and political, in a society plagued by lack of opportunity for the emerging generation and a stranglehold on the benefits from national development by the entourage of the ruler. Vocal opposition was consistently punished; human rights were often bypassed, with the major Western powers acquiescing to local repression by the regime, in recognition of its role as a foe to global radicalism. Such alignment of forces ought to have been of benefit to international Jihadist formations. In some respects, that was indeed the case."

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EVENTS

February 9, 2011, "In the Best Interest Of: A Look at Family Law in Georgia," Atlanta, GA

Alana S. and Elizabeth Marquardt will be speaking on new reproductive technologies and the age-old problem of father absence at the Dean Robert J. D'Agostino Symposium at the John Marshall Law School.

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February 23, 2011, A Conversation with Peter Wood, New York City

David Blankenhorn, president of the Institute for American Values, to host a Conversation about anger in America with National Association of Scholars president and author Peter Wood.

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March 24-25, 2011, "Raising Children in a Divorced or Single Parent Home" and "Between Two Worlds--The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce," Norfolk, VA

Elizabeth Marquardt will present an evening session for parents and a full day session for professionals at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, in cooperation with the Kohl's Cares Family Forum.

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