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What President Obama Did for 'Dreamers' in 2012, He Should Do Again

Two years ago, the administration eliminated the threat of deportation for more than a half-million young people. With Congress intent on blaming that program for current probl...

An African-American Student Experiences a Different Kind of Diversity in Southeast Asia

Given the way the U.S. population is changing, it has become critical that more Americans develop a nuanced sense of the rest of the world.

Will America Turn Its Back on Desperate Child Refugees?

As it has too many times in the past, our political and legal system is failing to see the humanity of these children at our borders.

American Voters Deserve Credit for Civil-Rights Victories, Too

While popular accounts have at times ignored the key role played by voters in the heartland, the truth is more complicated. 

What the Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Law Was Really About

For women seeking abortions and health care providers, threats of clinic violence and harassment remain real.

Georgia Mayor Stood Up to State's Anti-Immigrant Law

A small-town Republican honored for his unusual position urges Congress to act on immigration reform.

Growing Talk of Pension Reform Makes Future More Uncertain for Workers

Behind all the stories about pensions draining public resources are workers who may be impoverished.

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About The Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote a National Journal cover story, explained the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America. “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch” is the foundation of The Next America.