RELEASE: Dr. Christian Weller on the Accelerating Recession

By Christian E. Weller Read the full piece WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. economy in the fourth quarter of 2008 turned in its worst performance in a quarter century. The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported this morning that the economy shrank by an estimated annual rate of 3.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008, the largest...

RELEASE: President Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

January 29, 2009 WASHINGTON, DC—The Center for American Progress thanks President Obama for signing and Congress for passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. “It is a wonderful sign of President Obama’s commitment to women’s rights and economic security that the Ledbetter Act is the first bill he has signed into law,” said Jessica Arons,...

REPORT: The Importance of U.S.-China Relations

By Winny Chen, Nina Hachigian | January 28, 2009 WASHINGTON, DC—There is good and bad news about the Chinese economy—both of which point to the critical importance of U.S.-China relations amid the global economic downturn. First, the bad news. The Chinese economy is slowing down faster than expected, dashing expectations that China could become an...

REPORT: The Fractured Shia of Iraq

By Matthew Duss, Peter Juul Read the full report (pdf) Download the executive summary (pdf) Background brief: Major Shia political groups Background brief: Shia Islam WASHINGTON, DC—On January 31, 2009, Iraqis will vote in the country’s first provincial elections in four years. These elections will deliver a preliminary verdict on the vigorous and often violent...

ADVISORY: All You Can Eat? How Hungry is America in Good Times versus Recession?

WASHINGTON, DC—Food is one of life's most basic necessities. However, in 2007, 36.2 million Americans, including 12.4 million children, either did not have enough food or feared that they wouldn’t have enough at some point during the year. This problem has only intensified in the subsequent two years due to spikes in food prices and...

ADVISORY: Strategic Persistence

Thursday, January 29 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm WASHINGTON, DC—The relationship between the United States and China may well be the most important bilateral relationship in the world. In recognition of that fact, the Center for American Progress is releasing a new report entitled, "Strategic Persistence: How the United States Can Help Improve Human Rights in...

STATEMENT: Dan Weiss on Change to Auto Emissions Standards

By Daniel J. Weiss, Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy WASHINGTON, DC - “President Obama has done more in one week to reduce oil dependence and fight global warming than President Bush did in eight years. His actions today respond to scientists' urgent warnings to reduce global warming pollution now before it’s too late....

RELEASE: Clean Energy, Clean Jobs

By Daniel J. Weiss, Alexandra Kougentakis | January 26, 2009 Chart: See the data Read more: Re-energizing the Economy WASHINGTON, DC—Even before he was sworn in as the 44th president, Barack Obama devoted laserlike focus to devising an economic recovery package to help Americans weather what could be the worst economic hurricane since the Great...

ADVISORY: Latinos and the Nation’s Future

WASHINGTON, DC-The Latino population is now so large, its trajectory of growth so rapid and its contrast in relative age to that of the general population so stark, that it will not be possible for the United States to advance without substantial, and so far unimagined, gains for the nation's Latino community. The Census Bureau's...

WONK ROOM: The Coming Of The Crisis: Henry Paulson vs. Tim Geithner

The Coming Of The Crisis: Henry Paulson vs. Tim Geithner WASHINGTON, DC—In June of 2006, the Senate confirmed Henry Paulson to be the 74th treasury secretary with a simple voice vote. At the time, Paulson was called “a very strong choice” and “the right man at the right time” by lawmakers. The man that President...

ADVISORY: After Midnight

January 22, 2009, 12:30pm – 2:00pm WASHINGTON, DC—The Bush administration has finished with a flurry of midnight regulation, completing more "significant" regulatory actions in the third quarter of 2008 than in any preceding quarter of the last eight years, according to a CAP paper by Anne Joseph O'Connell that will be released at the event....

REPORT: A Life Sciences Crucible

By Michael Rugnetta , Michael Peroski | January 16, 2009 Read the full report (pdf) Download the executive summary (pdf) Interactive timeline: A Brief History of Stem Cell Research WASHINGTON, DC—Today, the Center for American Progress released a new report, entitled “A Life Sciences Crucible: Stem Cell Research and Innovation Done Responsibly and Ethically.” The...

RELEASE: Re-energizing the Economy

By Daniel J. Weiss, Alexandra Kougentakis | January 16, 2009 WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. economy has gone from bad to worse to worst over the past year. The current unemployment rate of 7.2 percent is the highest in 15 years, with more layoffs likely. Major companies have declared bankruptcy, while others teeter on the brink. Outgoing...

WONK ROOM: Health Care Reform Debate Guide

Download the debate guide (pdf) WASHINGTON, DC—As the 111th Congress considers health care reform, conservatives and their industry allies—so-called opponents of health care reform—will likely embark on a misinformation campaign about the consequences and implications of expanding access to affordable health care coverage. The Wonk Room has compiled and debunked the right wing’s most widely...

RELEASE: Pass and Expand State Children’s Health Insurance Now

Read more on SCHIP: Putting Children's Health Before Ideology Long Overdue: Children's Health Insurance by the Numbers WASHINGTON, DC— SCHIP has been on life support since the fall of 2007, during the nation’s worst economic slump since the Great Depression when families needed it most. Congress’ inability to move forward on this issue has not...