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Economy

Economic Snapshot: June 2015

article icon Issue Brief Policymakers need to create real economic security by fighting the twin evils of massive income inequality and anemic economic growth.

by Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Tuesday, June 30, 2015

LGBT

Infographic: The Discrimination that Remains Beyond Marriage

Despite our nation’s progress on marriage equality, it remains legal to discriminate against LGBT workers, customers, students, renters, and homebuyers in a majority of states.

by Sarah McBride | Monday, June 29, 2015

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Economy

New Data Illustrate the Failure of the Trickle-Down Experiment

Updated data from University of California, Berkeley, economist Emmanuel Saez illustrate how middle-class income growth is essential to promote healthy economic growth.

by Brendan Duke | Monday, June 29, 2015

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Higher Education

The Relationship Between Student Debt and College Completion

While high levels of student loan debt are troubling, they may reflect higher rates of postsecondary degree attainment in some states.

by Ben Miller | Friday, June 26, 2015

Religion and Values

Infographic: An Interfaith Call for Climate Action

Americans from diverse faith traditions are responding to the threat of climate change and working to protect the environment, its inhabitants, and its resources.

by Lauren Kokum | Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Religion and Values

The Francis Moment: A Moral Call to Action on Climate Change

Pope Francis has created an incredible moment of synergy for faith-based and environmental advocates to push for action to protect all people, as well as the planet.

by Claire Markham, Myriam Alexander-Kearns, Connor Hayes | Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Race and Ethnicity

Taking Down a Symbol of Hate

While removing the Confederate flag from outside the South Carolina State Capitol building is an appropriate and necessary response to recent events, is it enough to change Americans’ hearts?

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Foreign Policy and Security

CAP Climate Experts Travel to China

CAP sends a delegation of policy experts to Beijing this week to continue the Center’s work on Chinese energy and environmental policy.

by Melanie Hart | Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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Energy and Environment

Building a More Inclusive National Park System for All Americans

article icon Issue Brief Congress and the president should work to conserve places that better reflect America’s diverse population and help engage new generations to visit and explore their shared heritage and resources.

by Nidhi Thakar, Claire Moser, Laura E. Durso | Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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Immigration

2 Years Later, Immigrants Are Still Waiting on Immigration Reform

Had it been implemented, the bipartisan immigration reform bill passed by the Senate in 2013 would have kept families together and significantly boosted the American economy.

by Philip E. Wolgin | Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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Foreign Policy and Security

5 Criteria for a Nuclear Agreement with Iran

A deal that meets critical criteria and neutralizes the potential nuclear threat that Iran poses would be a major achievement for U.S. and allied security interests.

by Vikram Singh, Shlomo Brom, Ken Sofer | Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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Energy and Environment

State Future Funds

book_alt2 icon Report For state and local leaders wondering how to keep pace with demands for clean energy and public transit, State Future Funds just may be the answer.

by Cathleen Kelly | Tuesday, June 23, 2015