As Investment Slumps, Exports Step in to Boost Growth

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Bureau of Economic Analysis today released its advance estimates for U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2006, giving us a first peek at how the economy performed at the end of last year and how economic growth patterns changed over the course of last year. Preliminary results in the...

Governing for the Common Good

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Governors Janet Napolitano and Kathleen Sebelius have used pragmatic, common-sense leadership to move their states forward on energy, education and a host of other issues that benefit the common good. Their ability to build coalitions across partisan and ideological lines has allowed them to implement effective progressive policies that improve the lives...

The Answer to Darfur

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the ruling National Congress Party in Sudan pursues a military solution in Darfur and expands its support for armed groups committing atrocities in Chad and the Central African Republic, the international response to the crisis in Darfur lacks coordination, focus, and a clear vision for the way forward. Occasional rhetorical condemnations...

Navigating the 2007 Farm Bill, Biofuels, and the WTO Doha Round

Click here to read the entire report (PDF). WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the 110th Congress prepares to reauthorize our nation’s farm legislation, the tools needed to craft a new rural economy are within their grasp.  While the latest round of World Trade Organization negotiations remains on the brink of final collapse due to seemingly insurmountable...

The Facts About Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Since 1997, the federal minimum wage has been stuck at $5.15. The new Congress plans to introduce legislation raising the minimum wage to $7.25—an increase that is long overdue. This minimum wage increase would boost earnings for 13 million American workers—9.8 percent of the workforce. • Twelve million adult wage-earners, 80 percent...

Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations

Washington, DC - The leadership of the 110th Congress later this month plans to review the status of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations made to the Bush administration and Congress almost three years ago. The new Congress also intends to examine the current state of our national and homeland security. Such a focus is vital and...

After Iraq: The Next Steps in the “War on Terror”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Center for American Progress will host terrorism expert Richard Clarke to speak on the state of the “war on terror” and how America can chart a new and more effective path forward. Drawing on the key insights he has gained through decades of government service – including as Senior White House Advisor to...

Jonathan D. Moreno on Latest Stem Cell Discovery

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Scientists announced yesterday that they had found cells in the amniotic fluid of pregnant women that have similar characteristics to embryonic stem cells. While these cells hold great promise, stem cell researchers note that they are not a replacement for embryonic stem cells. What the discovery does demonstrate is the potential in...

Senator Kennedy & Extending Student Learning Time

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Education leaders from the Center for American Progress and Massachusetts 2020, the education non-profit spearheading the initiative with the Massachusetts Department of Education, will discuss a first-in-the-nation initiative to increase learning time and how it can be a model for other states. Conference topics will include the mechanics of the Massachusetts initiative...