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Economy

March 2015

article icon Issue Brief Policymakers need to build on successes of past progressive policies by implementing measures that raise wages and boost productivity growth.

by Christian E. Weller & Jackie Odum | Friday, March 27, 2015

Interactive: Economic Benefits of Closing Academic Achievement Gaps

Rising income inequality in the United States is exacerbating long-standing racial and ethnic gaps in, among other things, education outcomes. In order to close the academic achievement gap, we must address rising income inequality in America.

| Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Women's Rights

Congress Must Stop Playing Politics with Abortion

Congressional leaders are intent on using every opportunity to try and eliminate access to abortion, including in critical bills funding health care and assistance for victims of human trafficking. But there are important differences in the bills’ abortion language that must be considered.

by Donna Barry & Julia Rugg | Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Civil Liberties

Judicial Elections Make It Impossible for Alabama Judges to Protect Individual Rights

Elected judges in Alabama cater to their conservative constituents by defying marriage equality and sentencing convicts to death.

by Billy Corriher | Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Race and Ethnicity

Starbucks’ Scribblings Can’t Induce Public to ‘Race Together’

While the coffee giant’s widely mocked racial discussion may have been well intentioned, it failed to overcome the usual obstacles to discussing race in America.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, March 25, 2015

National Security

Interactive: International Commitments to Afghanistan

cursor icon Interactive This interactive outlines key international commitments to Afghanistan through pivotal years of transition.

by Katherine Blakeley & Aarthi Gunasekaran | Monday, March 23, 2015

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Energy and Environment

Tracking Seafood From Bait to Plate

The Obama administration recently announced actions that will help reduce seafood fraud and combat pirate fishing around the globe.

by Michael Conathan | Monday, March 23, 2015

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LGBT

On the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act, Changes Are Needed to Protect LGBT Immigrants

Although immigration policies have become more inclusive since the Immigration and Nationality Act, which explicitly excluded LGBT immigrants from entering the United States, further reforms are needed to create a fairer immigration system.

by Sharita Gruberg | Monday, March 23, 2015

Health Care

Infographic: The ACA at 5: Five Things at Risk After King v. Burwell

King v. Burwell has the potential to undo all of the significant improvements to health care in America by creating a death spiral of higher premiums for fewer, sicker customers.

by Sean Wright | Monday, March 23, 2015

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Energy and Environment

Opportunities for the Green Climate Fund in 2015

article icon Issue Brief Countries—including the United States—need to start meeting their financial pledges to the Green Climate Fund so that it can begin to help solve the climate challenge.

by Pete Ogden & Gwynne Taraska | Monday, March 23, 2015

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Poverty

Expanding Opportunities in America’s Urban Areas

article icon Issue Brief To ensure that more people benefit from the opportunities cities create, the Center for American Progress has compiled key policy proposals that address the challenges faced by distressed urban areas.

by the Poverty to Prosperity Program & the CAP Economic Policy Team | Monday, March 23, 2015

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Race and Ethnicity

Fact Sheets: Economic Benefits of Reducing Racial and Ethnic Inequality

article icon Fact Sheet With the U.S. Census Bureau estimating that the majority of the U.S. population will be people of color by 2043, it is increasingly important that policymakers enact progressive policies that would improve the economic prospects and increase income for people of color.

by Progress 2050 | Thursday, March 19, 2015