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Religion and Values

Pope at the Polls: How Would Francis Vote?

Pope Francis has been a strong proponent of civic engagement during his papacy, calling for his billions of followers—and inspiring other admirers—to consider their faith and values when working to build more just societies.

By Claire Markham | Thursday, September 18, 2014

Child care
Early Childhood

New Child Care Regulations Are a Step in the Right Direction

Recent updates to the child care subsidy system bring much-needed changes to health and safety standards.

By Maryam Adamu | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Energy and Environment

The Treasure of Diverted Trash

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed landfill regulations should reduce the need for landfills, strengthen the economy, and reduce emissions of methane—one of our most potent greenhouse gases.

By Danielle Baussan and Erin Auel | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Poverty

The Top 10 Solutions to Cut Poverty and Grow the Middle Class

With the right policy choices, we can move the needle on poverty, expand the middle class, and put the American economy on an upward trajectory.

By Rebecca Vallas and Melissa Boteach | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Economy

What the New Census Data Show About the Continuing Struggles of the Middle Class

Newly released Census data show that America’s middle class is still struggling to recover from the Great Recession and the decades of unequal growth that preceded it.

By Keith Miller and David Madland | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Poverty

The Top 3 Things You Need to Know About the 2013 Poverty and Income Data

bars icon Charts New poverty and income data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census underscore that it is time to enact policies to create jobs, raise wages, and invest in family economic security.

By Melissa Boteach and Shawn Fremstad | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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National Security

Attacks Against American Diplomats

article icon Issue Brief Congressional responses to attacks on American diplomats have shifted with our changing political climate.

By Scott Lilly | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Economy

Corporate Profits and Taxes

bars icon Charts Corporate profits now constitute a record-breaking share of total national income, while corporate taxes contribute a declining share of total federal revenues.

By Harry Stein | Monday, September 15, 2014

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National Security

Supporting the Syrian Opposition

book_alt2 icon Report The Obama administration has an important opportunity to adjust its course in Syria and Iraq, particularly regarding the threat posed by ISIS, and assume a more engaged leadership role.

By Hardin Lang, Mokhtar Awad, Ken Sofer, Peter Juul, and Brian Katulis | Friday, September 12, 2014

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Guns and Crime

Assault Weapons Revisited

book_alt2 icon Report Twenty years after the enactment of the federal assault weapons ban and 10 years after it was allowed to expire, it is time to consider new ideas for regulating uniquely dangerous firearms.

By Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons | Friday, September 12, 2014

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Religion and Values

Wise as Serpents but Harmless as Doves

The Obama administration’s new birth control rules are generous and strategically smart, but some opponents still aren’t happy.

By Sally Steenland | Thursday, September 11, 2014

Seven people from the United We Dream immigration reform group wait to be arrested
Race and Ethnicity

Why Immigration Reform Is Good for All

Black Americans have no reason to fear job losses from the promised White House protections for undocumented immigrant families.

By Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, September 10, 2014