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Economy

August 2014

article icon Issue Brief As we approach Labor Day, Congress needs to cut the party-line bickering and refocus its efforts on policies that help American workers.

By Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Race and Ethnicity

Will The Troubles in Ferguson Point Toward a New Way Forward?

Perhaps the turmoil playing out in the Show Me State will serve to highlight the still unaddressed inequities hamstringing this nation and point a way forward for all of us.

By Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Poverty

Community Development Block Grant Program: 40 Years of Building Stronger Communities

Forty years after the Community Development Block Grant was established, the program continues to serve as an important tool in helping communities across the country tackle emerging challenges in affordable housing, infrastructure, and economic development.

By Tracey Ross | Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Energy and Environment

Fact Sheet: 5 Things You Should Know About Powder River Basin Coal Exports

article icon Fact Sheet CAP experts explain why vast amounts of federal coal mined in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana may soon be headed for Asian markets, and why policymakers should be concerned.

By Nathan Joo, Matt Lee-Ashley, and Michael Madowitz | Tuesday, August 19, 2014

National Security

What the Millennium Development Goals Have Accomplished

With just 500 days left before the Millennium Development Goals expire, it is important to acknowledge all that they have spurred the world to achieve.

By Annie Malknecht | Monday, August 18, 2014

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Immigration

A Model State: Florida’s Legislative Turnaround on Immigration

Florida’s changing demographics and immigrant advocacy are helping its legislators reconsider where they stand on immigration reform.

By Zach Fields | Friday, August 15, 2014

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National Security

Revisiting the Shangri-La Dialogue: Candid and Heated Conversations are Encouraged

article icon Issue Brief The annual Singapore-based Asia-Pacific security summit, traditionally a convivial affair, is becoming more candid and sharp elbowed—and that’s a good thing. This candidness should serve as a template for future regional security conversations.

By Blair Vorsatz and Rudy deLeon | Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Religion and Values

Rep. Ryan’s New Poverty Plan Is Not the Answer to the Pope’s Prayers

Rep. Ryan needs to look toward Pope Francis’s teachings and the true state of poverty in America in order to effectively address the nation’s poverty crisis.

By Claire Markham | Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ferguson
Race and Ethnicity

Correcting the Media’s Skewed Perspective

A hashtag campaign confronts the racial biases in the images we see and challenges the opinions we embrace of young, black Americans.

By Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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National Security

Syrian Refugee Crisis Threatens Stability in the Middle East

The Middle Eastern countries currently sheltering Syrian refugees need international support to make it through the crisis.

By Shiva Pedram | Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Immigration

Violence Is Causing Children to Flee Central America

Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador have some of the highest levels of violence in Central America. These conditions are causing tens of thousands of children and families to take refuge in the United States and neighboring countries.

By CAP Immigration Team | Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Big-money groups in Washington are spending big on judicial elections
Civil Liberties

Koch Brothers and D.C. Conservatives Spending Big on Nonpartisan State Supreme Court Races

book_alt2 icon Report Big-money groups in Washington want to protect state legislatures’ agendas from legal challenges.

By Billy Corriher | Monday, August 11, 2014