Weekly Round Up: November 16 -20, 2009

This week CAP released a new progressive agenda for national security, broke down the federal deficit, and analyzed the U.S.-China summit.

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National Security

Integrated Security

This week, Lawrence J. Korb, Sean Duggan, and Laura Conley put out a report discussing the national security threats facing the United States in the 21st century.

Two reports from the U.S.- China Summit held this week in Beijing showed that international negotiations are still alive and well thanks to U.S.-China agreements on clean energy and climate change. And President Barack Obama was able to take some important steps toward meaningful international cooperation.

On the Afghanistan front, Susan Thistlethwaite and Brian Katulis argued that moral considerations should shape the Obama administration’s decision on the war there.

And in an Ask the Expert video, David Sullivan talked about how conflict minerals are funding war in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and how Congress and the administration can help stop it.


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A Job Saved Is as Good as a Job Created

Heather Boushey explained how Obama administration policies have improved economic growth and saved jobs. A memo on youth unemployment examined investment in National Service programs as a way to spur job growth for young people. And Christian Weller suggested that policy attention should focus on job creation to ensure that the recent improvements are not short lived.

Michael Linden looked at how spending and tax revenues contributed to 2009’s federal budget deficit, and an issue brief from Isha Vij and Michael Linden examined the implications of the 2010 Roth IRA conversion giveaway.

Eric Alterman wrote about media coverage of Obama’s “spending binge,” and suggested it should be put in context of what he inherited from the previous administration.


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Stupak Amendment Changes Abortion Status Quo

A memo from Jess Arons highlighted the effects of Rep. Bart Stupak’s (D-MI) amendment in House health care legislation on abortion funding, and a report from Joy Moses explained how the Temporary Assistance for Needy Family legislation can support positive parenting relationships and improve father involvement.

This week’s public opinion snapshot found that the public is largely resisting conservative slanders on health care reform.

A report from Melissa Lazarin and Isabel Owen examined three collaborations between unions and school districts to expand learning time.

In an Ask the Expert video, Angela Kelley discussed Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s speech on immigration reform, why legalization is critical to effective enforcement, and the key components of reform.

CAP launched a project this week with young Muslim American leaders to promote understanding of America’s growing religious diversity, and Jeff Krehely fact checked Bishop Harry Jackson and other gay marriage opponents’ claims about the proposed Washington, D.C. marriage law expansion.


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The U.S. Clean Energy Economy

A fact sheet released this week looked at several different elements of the growing clean energy economy in the United States, and Jake Caldwell wrote that farmers and rural Americans stand to gain much from climate change legislation.

This week’s “Easy Being Green” suggested tips for greening your furniture.

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