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Democracy is under attack at home and abroad. We must act to ensure it is accessible to all, accountable, and can serve as a force of good.
All Americans must have trust in elections and election results. All Americans also must have unimpeded access to the ballot box. That is why national voting standards are so important, along with laws that would protect against interference with valid election results.
Disinformation, whether about COVID-19 or elections, undermines Americans’ safety and threatens our democracy. We seek to define the government’s role in combating it, give recommendations to online platforms to stem its spread, and support robust local media that can counter its worst effects.
Americans’ lives are increasingly reliant on online services and affected by their economic, consumer, and civic harms. A robust regulatory framework, paired with new privacy protections and reinvigorated antitrust action, is needed to address the threats these services pose.
Countering insurgent threats is critical to maintaining our democracy. As part of this work, we have crafted a national blueprint with the McCain Institute to end white supremacist violence. Our plan draws on expertise across CAP and from more than 150 conversations with a diverse range of stakeholders.
Charting a Bold Vision for America’s Future
Gerrymandering shifted an average of 59 seats in the U.S. House from 2012 to 2016.
Source: CAP, “Voter-Determined Districts” (2019).
42 senators, representing only about 1/10 of the U.S. population, can filibuster popular bills.
Source: CAP, “The Impact of the Filibuster on Federal Policymaking” (2019).
The U.S. population has grown by about 30% since the federal bench’s last meaningful expansion.
Source: CAP, “It Is Past Time for Congress To Expand the Lower Courts” (2021).
81% of voters believe tech companies have too much power and influence over politics and government.
Source: CAP Action, “Voters Support Enacting Stronger Consumer Protections Online” (2021).
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In an op-ed for DC Journal, Devon Ombres explains why the U.S. Supreme Court’s new ethics code fails to provide accountability for justices engaged in unethical conduct.
CAP submitted comments on the OPM’s proposed rule entitled “Upholding Civil Service Protections and Merit System Principles” to protect federal civil service employees and prevent the government workforce from becoming subject to a patronage system that rewards loyalty over expertise.
Megan Shahi writes in The Hill about Meta’s updated ad policy, which allows for election denial content in paid political ads.
SEC v. Jarkesy is quietly one among a trio of important Supreme Court cases this term that could deal major blows to executive and congressional power.
The United States has an obligation to support Israel’s defense, but it should not be a blank check for collective punishment that brutalizes innocent civilians; the Biden administration should urge an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.
Nov 17, 2023
Patrick Gaspard, Allison McManus
Despite extremists’ assertions, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) does not facilitate abortion access but does improve pregnancy and other health outcomes for women and girls, as well as promote strong partnerships and democratic principles in key nations; it is also indispensable to the elimination of HIV/AIDS by 2030.
The Supreme Court’s recently released code of conduct does nothing to address the appearance of corruption at the court.
Nov 15, 2023
Poland's recent elections signify a major shift from democratic backsliding to a recommitment to EU values and democratic principles, with implications for regional stability and U.S. foreign policy.
Nov 14, 2023
Center for American Progress staff and other advocates join the rally outside the Supreme Court before oral arguments in United States v. Rahimi.
Nov 8, 2023
Kierra B. Jones, Madalyn Reagan, Ashley Joo
After 20 years of serving the American people, CAP’s original founders reflect on the journey that the organization has taken from 2003 to the present day.
Nov 7, 2023
Matthew Gossage, Madalyn Reagan, Toni Pandolfo, 4 More
Ashley Joo, Hai-Lam Phan, Soraya Victory, Chris Chang
United States v. Rahimi reinforces survivors’ need for alternatives to the criminal legal system for safety, justice, and accountability.
Nov 3, 2023
Sabrina Talukder, Kierra B. Jones
CAP has been around for 20 years, and it has been an integral organization in the fight for the rights of the American people.
Nov 1, 2023
Soraya Victory, Chris Chang
Here's what America's leaders and change-makers have to say on how to fight for inclusive progress for the nation.
Oct 26, 2023
Audrey Smith, Abby Alexander
Join the Center for American Progress as we celebrate 20 years of innovative policy solutions and look boldly forward to a progressive future.
Oct 25, 2023
The justice system is beginning to bring a measure of accountability for the events surrounding the unconstitutional conspiracy to overturn the 2020 presidential election—a welcome development for the rule of law.
Oct 17, 2023
United States v. Rahimi highlights how the U.S. Supreme Court’s adherence to originalism will fail survivors of domestic violence.
The horrifying Hamas terror attack on Israeli civilians has provoked an understandable imperative to bring the perpetrators to justice, but Israel must avoid collective punishment for Gaza that can bring a loss of moral clarity and reinforce historic grievances.
Oct 14, 2023
Immediate assistance to Ukraine is an imperative to counter Russian aggression, address Ukraine's immediate security needs, strengthen European and NATO resolve, check China's regional ambitions, and underscore American global leadership in times of crisis.
Oct 12, 2023
Alan Yu, Robert Benson, Sam Hananel
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear two cases with serious implications for women’s safety, security, and well-being, and the future of women’s rights in the United States.
Oct 4, 2023
Sabrina Talukder, Kierra B. Jones, Toni Pandolfo, 1 More
In the 2023 term, the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to hear two cases, one on gun violence and one on abortion access, that will directly and disproportionately affect women.
Oct 2, 2023
Negotiations around a “megadeal” for Saudi Arabia’s normalization with Israel should ensure the deal advances, rather than undermines, regional stability and prosperity.
Sep 28, 2023
This fact sheet summarizes a recent Center for American Progress report outlining the need for a whole-of-government, society-wide approach to addressing the complex challenges posed by the opioid overdose epidemic.
Sep 21, 2023
Trinh Q. Truong, Debu Gandhi, Jill Rosenthal, 5 More
Marquisha Johns, Mariam Rashid, Dan Restrepo, Akua Amaning, Cleo Bluthenthal
The opioid epidemic is a complex public health crisis that can be ameliorated by addressing root causes of drug use; expanding access to treatment and harm reduction strategies; and reducing the supply of illicit opioids entering the United States.
Sep 20, 2023
Please join the Center for American Progress for a panel discussion with experts on best practices for reducing administrative burden and increasing access to the services and programs individuals and their families need.
Sep 14, 2023
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Cindy Long, Lily Roberts
A series of high-profile global elections in 2024 will require social media platforms and generative AI developers to meet the moment amid an evolving and uncertain technology landscape.
Maggie Jo Buchanan and Allison McManus write in "DC Journal" about how a senator's views on abortion are jeopardizing national security.
Sep 7, 2023
Maggie Jo Buchanan, Allison McManus
However, the long transition period presents a risk to Bernardo Arévalo and Guatemala’s fragile democracy.
Sep 6, 2023
Joel Martinez, Dan Restrepo, Heba Malik
This transformative federal legislation would bolster democracy by expanding the right to vote, combating corruption, and reducing dangerous political extremism.
Aug 16, 2023
Michael Sozan, Greta Bedekovics
Missed opportunities fuel global ambivalence on Ukraine; reforming political and economic decision-making bodies can help rebuild trust.
The Center for American Progress submitted a comment letter to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy emphasizing that the U.S. government must strike a balance between the innumerable opportunities of artificial intelligence to enhance the lives of the American people and the significant risks it poses to their livelihoods.
Aug 10, 2023
Megan Shahi, Adam Conner
The Center for American Progress submitted a comment to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission opposing KalshiEX LLC's proposed congressional control event contracts, arguing that Kalshi's proposal amounts to allowing gambling on U.S. elections and is squarely against the public interest.
Jul 24, 2023
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a maximalist interpretation of the independent state legislature theory while leaving the door open for future litigation.
Lawrence J. Korb and Stephen J. Cimbala make the case for NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Jul 10, 2023
Real Clear Defense
Lawrence J. Korb, Stephen J. Cimbala
Examining how attempts to stifle dissent threaten the world’s largest democracy
Jul 6, 2023
Gordon Laxer and Michael Sozan write about how discussion on foreign-influenced corporations' political spending in the United States can inform Canada's policies on the matter.
Jul 5, 2023
the Toronto Star
Gordon Laxer, Michael Sozan
Greta Bedekovics and Ashleigh Maciolek argue that Michigan has become a national model for strengthening democracy.
Jun 27, 2023
Greta Bedekovics, Ashleigh Maciolek
CAP submitted comments on three areas the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) should focus on as it examines the business practices of cloud computing providers and their work involving artificial intelligence.
Jun 27, 2023
This people-powered policy helps protect U.S. democracy and rests on strong legal foundation.
Maggie Jo Buchanan argues that a year after the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the American people have stepped up to protect abortion rights.
Jun 22, 2023
Maggie Jo Buchanan
CAP submitted comments on how the National Telecommunications and Information Administration should develop a national framework for AI accountability to address the unmitigated risks of artificial intelligence and ensure that all AI technology is developed and deployed in safe and trustworthy ways.
Jun 21, 2023
Adam Conner, Megan Shahi, Ashleigh Maciolek, 1 More
Despite an increasingly partisan national landscape, Michigan has implemented key voting and representation reforms and set a trailblazing example for transformative change, largely due to citizen-initiated constitutional amendments.
Jun 15, 2023
Recent ethics scandals demonstrate how urgently action is needed to ensure the Supreme Court acts as, and is seen as, a coequal branch of government.
Jun 14, 2023
Stephen J. Cimbala and Lawrence J. Korb write about the implications of artificial intelligence for national security.
Jun 9, 2023
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Stephen J. Cimbala, Lawrence J. Korb
The United States must push for transformative reforms to the global financial system to alleviate Global South debt burdens that prevent investments in climate, development, and democratic institutions.
Jun 5, 2023
Kate Donald, Frances Colón, Anne Christianson, 2 More
Heba Malik, Cassidy Childs
Turkey saw unprecedented political mobilization, partly because going to the ballot box offered one of the last opportunities to make one’s voice heard. But little changed.
May 31, 2023
The Supreme Court’s right-wing majority could deal a major setback to affirmative action, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, and fair elections as it wraps up the latest term.
The lack of adequate interpretation and translation services for asylum-seekers who are not proficient in English impedes their ability to navigate the complex immigration system.
May 25, 2023
Zefitret Abera Molla
How attempts to undermine the courts have threatened Israel's democracy and mobilized its defenders
May 17, 2023
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