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Events Archive for October 2012

Why Courts Matter: Women’s Health and Rights

We know from recent court cases on abortion restrictions, challenges to birth control coverage and family planning funding, and workplace discrimination that judges remain critical to protecting women’s rights. On no issue is the impact of the courts more salient than women’s rights, health, and equality. But while the rights under attack most immediately affect women the legal ramifications of the “War on Women” are far broader. Upcoming court decisions could have potentially devastating and precedent setting long-term effects on many issues progressives care about.

October 5, 2012, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET

U.S.-Israel Cooperation on Iran

During the last four years, the Obama administration and international partners have used both diplomatic engagement and U.N. sanctions to press the Iranian government to address the international community’s concerns over its potential nuclear weapons program. In pursuance of this goal, President Obama has made consultation with Israel at every level a key component of his foreign policy agenda. Please join the Center for American Progress on October 12 for an in-depth discussion with American and Israeli national security analysts on how the United States and Israel are meeting the Iranian challenge.

October 12, 2012, 12:00pm ET - 1:30pm ET

Picking a President: Is It Time to Reform the Electoral College?

The American method of choosing a president, indirect election through the Electoral College, is unique among systems of government in which the president possesses genuine political power. Reaching 270 votes in the Electoral College is necessary to become president, not which candidate wins the most votes of the American people. It is just 12 years since the Electoral College and popular vote returned different results, and on at least two other occasions the candidate who received the plurality of the votes was not elected president. These outcomes have prompted many across the country to question the utility of the Electoral College and led to calls for reform.

October 17, 2012, 12:00pm ET - 1:00pm ET

Regional Energy Solutions: An Answer to ‘Drill Baby Drill’

A new report by the Center for American Progress and The Center for the Next Generation, called “Regional Energy, National Solutions: A Real Energy Vision for America,” examines non-fossil-fuel-based economic development strategies in six major regions of the country. These solutions highlight the current success and future potential of the clean energy economy, especially when these strategies are tailored to the specific needs and strengths of each region. America deserves better than the "one size fits all, drill everywhere and now" strategy, put forth by the American Petroleum Institute, that is designed to pad the pockets of the industries of yesterday. Our vision shows the way.

October 19, 2012, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET

Progressivism on Tap: A New Vision for American Democracy

Join us for a fascinating discussion about how progressives can develop and articulate a long-term vision of democratic, economic, and ecological renewal with authors Bill Ivey and Joe Romm. Ivey's new book, Handmaking America, examines how right-wing ideology and postindustrial capitalism have undermined work, government, and our very way of life, while advancing a practical vision for a good society that can use the capacity of government to recover the essential American idea. Romm's book, Language Intelligence, examines how the best communicators, from Jesus to Abraham Lincoln, have employed a few simple rules to educate, persuade, and lead people toward a better vision of society and human life.

October 24, 2012, 6:30pm ET - 7:30pm ET

A Conversation with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Allison Macfarlane

Please join us for a conversation about how the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is working on critical issues facing the industry.

October 25, 2012, 10:00am ET - 11:00am ET

The United States and India: A Vital Partnership in a Changing World

The relationship with India continues to be of critical strategic and economic importance to the United States. With the Administration’s rebalance toward Asia, there may be no more important partner for the U.S. than India, as both countries aim to counter common threats and build upon their shared values. One of the foremost advocates for strengthening the U.S. – India partnership has been Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns. Please join the Center for American Progress for an exclusive one-on-one conversation with the Deputy Secretary.

October 26, 2012, 10:00am ET - 11:00am ET

Postponed: Better Health Care at Lower Cost: State & Federal Perspectives

The Affordable Care Act was the most far-reaching effort to date to reduce health care costs while improving quality and expanding access—the so-called “triple aim.” Yet the effect of health care costs on state and federal budgets remains a concern. Many recent proposals would simply shift federal spending to individuals, businesses, and states—which would fail to solve the problem without rationing care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

October 29, 2012, 9:00am ET - 10:30am ET

CANCELLED: Trick or Treat: Eminent Domain as a Means to Reduce Principal

This event has been cancelled due to inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience.

This event examines recent calls for municipalities to use eminent domain to restructure local mortgages. Please join us for what’s sure to be a spirited conversation.

October 31, 2012, 12:00pm ET - 1:30pm ET

Progressivism on Tap: The 2012 Election

Join Progressivism on Tap for our pre-election special with two very knowledgeable progressive analysts: American Prospect blogger Jamelle Bouie and Center for American Progress Action Fund President Tom Perriello. How close is each side to attaining the 270 electoral votes necessary to be elected President? What have been the strengths and weaknesses of each campaign so far and how are they organizing their final push for votes? How good are the Romney and Obama ground games and how much will that matter to the outcome? We will discuss these and other questions at this session as we attempt to dig down deep beneath the surface of this year's election to clarify campaign dynamics and what's really at stake in the election.

October 31, 2012, 6:00pm ET - 7:30pm ET