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The Politics of Pension Reforms

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/03/01/Collins_Allen_and_Beinart_The_New_Order_in_Washington

Journalists Mike Allen and Gail Collins weigh in on the debate over pension reforms. Collins argues for specific reforms in the area of disability payments, and criticizes alleged inefficiency in many public sector retirement systems.

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The spring Perspectives with Peter Beinart series opens with an evening examining the new order in Washington. The discussion features Gail Collins, columnist for the New York Times, and Mike Allen, chief political correspondent for Politico. Peter Beinart is a faculty member at CUNY’s Graduate Center and Graduate School of Journalism and a senior political writer for the Daily Beast. – CUNY

Mike Allen is the chief White House correspondent for Politico. He comes to us from Time magazine where he was their White House correspondent. Prior to that, Allen spent six years at the Washington Post, where he covered President Bush’s first term, Capitol Hill, campaign finance, and the Bush, Gore and Bradley campaigns of 2000.

Gail Collins joined the New York Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial board and later as an Op-Ed columnist. In 2001 she became the first woman ever appointed editor of the Times’s editorial page. At the beginning of 2007, she stepped down and began a leave in order to finish her new book: When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present. She returned to the Times as a columnist in July 2007.

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