ADVISORY: Nationalize The Schools (…A Little)!

Tuesday, March 4, 9:00 am - 10:30 am March 4, 2008, 9:00am – 10:30am A light breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. Featured Panelists: Reginald M. Felton, Director of Federal Relations, National School Boards Association Matt Miller, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Roy Romer, Chairman, Strong American Schools Moderated by: Cynthia G. Brown,...

STATEMENT: Fidel Castro Resigns, End of an Era Creates Opportunity for Change

Fidel Castro’s formal resignation as Cuba’s president marks the end of an era. Although it remains unclear how much influence he will continue to wield, after 49 years of formal rule by Fidel Castro, it is clear that Cuba will never be the same. It is also long past time for the free will of...

Public Opinion Snapshot: Cure the Economy? Pull Out of Iraq

SEE GRAPHS HERE Last week’s public opinion snapshot documented how little effect the surge has had on Americans’ opposition to the war in Iraq and desire to end the conflict soon. This week we take a look at another underappreciated aspect of public opinion on the Iraq war—the extent to which Americans believe the war...

STATEMENT: Housing Downer – Economic Woes Require Targeted Government Action

It may be too soon to declare the U.S. economy has entered a recession, but there is ample evidence that the downturn in the housing market is picking up speed, which in turn is slowing economic growth substantially and pointing to a long recovery period ahead. Consider first the most recent gross domestic product figures,...

STATEMENT: Economic Snapshot for February 2008

By Christian E. Weller Read the snapshot with full graphs (pdf) Economic weaknesses are becoming increasingly apparent heading into 2008. The crisis in the housing and mortgage markets has spilled over into other sectors and is causing much slower economic growth and a weaker labor market. And these problems are increasingly overshadowed by continuously large...

Statement: Bush’s Budget Further Damages U.S. Health Care System

Washington, D.C. – In his 2009 federal budget proposal, President Bush once again offered dangerous policy prescriptions that would further damage our broken health care system. This budget, if enacted, would undermine critical public health insurance programs by cutting Medicare by $178 billion over the next five years, largely by reducing support to hospitals that...

STATEMENT: Privacy Key to Yahoo Merger; Microsoft Bid Must Ensure Safeguards

Privacy issues will be central to the forthcoming antitrust merger review of today’s $44.6 billion bid by Microsoft Corp. for Yahoo Inc. U.S. antitrust authorities have already studied these privacy issues in connection with the proposed merger of Google Inc. and DoubleClick, which is still under review in Europe. U.S. and European authorities will almost...