Center for American Progress (CAP)

The Center for American Progress is a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. We combine bold policy ideas with a modern communications platform to help shape the national debate, expose the hollowness of conservative governing philosophy, and challenge the media to cover the issues that truly matter.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
REPORT: Minorities Struggle in the Labor Market
The economy shed 598,000 jobs in January alone, and the nation's unemployment rate reached 7.6 percent for the first time in more than 16 years. Since the beginning of the recession in December 2007, the economy has lost a staggering 3.6 million jobs-1.8 million in just the last three months-while the unemployment rate has jumped 2.7 percentage points. Even before the recession struck, minorities faced a more precarious economic situation than whites, especially in the labor market. Now, 13 months into the downturn, it is clear that they have been hit hard.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Pass and Expand State Children’s Health Insurance Now
SCHIP has been on life support since the fall of 2007, during the nation's worst economic slump since the Great Depression when families needed it most. Congress' inability to move forward on this issue has not been because it doesn't know how to protect children; it does. Rather, the failure has been political. The House and Senate passed a similar bill in September 2007 and again in November 2007 only to have them vetoed by President Bush. Since then funding has not kept pace with demand for the program.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Brief: The First Step Toward Closing Guantánamo
We are rapidly approaching the day that many have been hoping would come for some time. It now looks as if President-elect Barack Obama will announce the closure of Guantánamo and establish a process to empty the prison as one of his first acts as president. That would only be the first step, but it is exactly the right first step, and those who are unsatisfied are missing both the challenges incumbent in and the significance of the decision to responsibly close Guantánamo.
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Thursday, January 08, 2009
REPORT: Time to Quarantine the Foreclosure Epidemic
In 1902, faced with an outbreak of smallpox, the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, adopted a mandatory vaccination law. Challenged by a Mr. Henning Jacobson as an unconstitutional infringement upon his liberties, this intrusion on individual rights was nonetheless upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Even more intrusive quarantines have been found lawful as a means to stop the spread of plague, influenza, and other cascading threats to the public health and well-being.
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Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Why a Stimulus Package Must Be Big and Targeted
Read more on CAP's stimulus plan: How to Spend $350 Billion in a First Year of Stimulus and Recovery
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