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Energy and Environment

State Policies to Increase Low-Income Communities’ Access to Solar Power

article icon Issue Brief Expanding an array of state policies can lead to an increase in low-income community adoption and deployment of solar power.

By Darryl Banks and Ben Bovarnick | Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Poverty

4 Things Communities Must Do to Become Promise Zones

Today, the Obama administration announced the second round of Promise Zones applications. As leaders and groups come together to plan their applications, they must ensure their strategies to address poverty are community driven, comprehensive, systemic, and focused on outcomes.

By Tracey Ross | Friday, September 19, 2014

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LGBT

A Hidden Crisis

article icon Issue Brief The national movement surrounding the crisis of sexual assaults on college campuses is encouraging, but it cannot fully address the problem without including LGBT students.

By Zenen Jaimes Pérez and Hannah Hussey | Friday, September 19, 2014

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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

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Energy and Environment

Green Growth

book_alt2 icon Report While recently established domestic policies have made strides toward a lower carbon future, such measures are stepping stones. Effectively mitigating climate change requires identifying exactly how the United States will transform its energy economy to attain international goals to help protect our climate.

By Robert Pollin, Heidi Garrett-Peltier, James Heintz, and Bracken Hendricks | Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Labor and Work

5 Policies for Improving Data Use to Accelerate Veteran Employment

book_alt2 icon Report How improved use of open data can enable the labor market to better match the skills of veterans returning from service with the needs of employers across the country.

By Aneesh Chopra and Ethan Gurwitz | Thursday, September 18, 2014

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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