Brookings Today, 1/13/15

A roundup of some of the content published today at Brookings.

  • French politics after Charlie Hebdo. Philippe Le Corre examines the continuing impact on French politics and political parties of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
  • Wes Anderson, the Golden Globes, and governance. Norman Eisen presents an interview about his role, while U.S. ambassador in Prague, in helping director Wes Anderson, whose film The Grand Budapest Hotel won a Golden Globe for best comedy movie.
  • Content vs. character education? Randa Grob-Zakhary comments on the debate on “smarts vs. personality in school,” arguing that “we do not have to choose between these concepts, but rather utilize both together.”
  • Helping consumers find the right mortgage. Read highlights and get video of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray’s speech at Brookings in which he outlined a new program to assist consumers with finding the right home mortgage.
  • Your top priorities for Africa in 2015. Amadou Sy offers a poll asking, what do you think should be the top priority for Africa in 2015?
  • Why the Blockchain matters. Mohit Kaushal and Sheel Tyle explain the Blockchain, a secure transaction ledger database application on which Bitcoin runs.
  • Cities and national broadband. Blair Levin and Adie Tomer say that “cities may turn out to be the most significant public entities in 2015” when it comes to broadband deployment.