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A Potential Paris Climate Agreement May Not Require Congressional Approval

It is becoming increasingly clear that the final agreement could lack the features that would suggest the need for formal congressional consent.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Rolling Back Financial Regulations Won’t Boost Community Banks

Rolling back financial reform and consumer protections in the name of helping small banks could bring back the risky practices that led to the financial crisis.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Continued U.S. Leadership in Robotic Space Exploration

Americans can once again bask in the pride that comes from leading—and completing—humanity’s initial exploration of its own celestial backyard.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Using Labels and Receipts to Make Retirement Investments More Transparent

If investors are able to more easily understand whether their fund choices are high cost or low cost, they will likely pay much closer attention to fees.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Senate DRIVE Act Fails to Address Metropolitan Congestion

The transportation challenges facing the United States cannot be solved solely through the expansion of mega-highways.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Moving Past the Failed Trickle-Down Experiment

Trickle-down economics have failed to deliver higher overall income growth; the middle class needs active policy solutions that produce inclusive prosperity.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Viewing Student Debt Through the Lens of College Completion

Across all states, the average amount of debt per graduate is lower than the average debt per borrower.

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Enduring Need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Two years after the Senate passage of S. 744, the lives of millions of new Americans remain on hold while they wait for Congress to pass durable and permanent immigration legislation.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Moral Case for Mitigating Climate Change

The pope’s message sets scientific fact in a moral framework and calls for “decisive action, here and now.”

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Reaching an Acceptable Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Despite the threat that Iran will continue to pose, a deal that meets specific criteria offers the most effective pathway to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A New Start for Pennsylvanians with Minor Criminal Records

A clean slate policy would help Pennsylvanians gain employment and provide for themselves and their families, as well as grow the commonwealth’s economy.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Modernizing the Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Process

The upcoming rulemaking that addresses the federal oil and gas leasing process is a critical opportunity to reevaluate how public lands are leased and ensure that the public receives a fair and equitable share.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Protecting Global LGBT Rights with the U.S. Asylum System

Authors Sharita Gruberg and Rachel West assert that while progress has been made in the United States and other countries, the United States must take steps to make sure that LGBT asylum seekers are not denied lifesaving protections.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Explaining the Continued Decline in Projected Medicare Spending

There are several reasons for the falling Medicare projections, including lower estimates for health care cost growth, lower-than-expected costs for the Medicare Part D prescription drug program, and the Affordable Care Act, or ACA.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Strengthening Social Security Disability Insurance

Rebalancing the OASI and Disability Insurance trust funds would ensure that Social Security is able to pay all promised retirement, disability, and survivor benefits for the next nearly two decades.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015