An Important First Step in Actually Closing Guantánamo

By Ken Gude WASHINGTON, DC—Ahmed Ghailani was transferred today from the prison at Guantánamo Bay to a New York City court—just before a panicked Congress delays such transfers—to stand trial for his role in the 1998 East Africa Embassy bombings. Ghailani’s transfer marks the first demonstration of the Obama administration’s commitment to closing Guantánamo and...

NEW REPORT: Helping Breadwinners When It Can’t Wait

Read the full report (pdf) Download the executive summary (pdf) Video: Ask the Expert: Heather Boushey on Using Social Security to Ensure Paid Family and Medical Leave WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today the Center for American Progress released a new report entitled “Helping Breadwinners When It Can’t Wait.” The report’s author, CAP Senior Economist Heather Boushey, makes...

STATEMENT: Judy Feder on HELP Committee’s Health Care Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, DC—On behalf of the Center for American Progress I applaud the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions for launching congressional deliberations on health reform with a strong commitment to assuring affordable health care for all Americans. We know there is work still to be done on the chairman’s proposal, but we welcome...

PODESTA: The Great Transformation: Climate Change as Cultural Change

Below are excerpts from John Podesta’a speech “The Great Transformation: Climate Change as Cultural Change” in Essen, Germany on June 9, 2009. Download this speech (pdf) The Obama Administration will be ready to negotiate in Copenhagen regardless of the status of the legislative debate in the US Congress over our domestic cap and trade program....

REPORTS: Religious Voices Critical for the Advancement of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality

Download the report (pdf) Download the introduction and summary (pdf) Listen to today’s press call with Bishop V. Gene Robinson WASHINGTON, DC — Today the Center for American Progress and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s National Religious Leadership Roundtable released two groundbreaking reports analyzing religious and secular advocacy of marriage-equality ballot initiatives in...

MEMO: China Begins Its Transition to a Clean-Energy Economy

By Julian Wong, Andrew Light | June 4, 2009 Read the full memo (pdf) WASHINGTON, DC—A common refrain from climate action naysayers is that, “China is building two coal-fired power plants a week!” They insist that the United States should wait until this major emitter takes on binding commitments to climate change mitigation before it...

NEW REPORT: Efficiency and Quality

By Paul B. Ginsburg, Ph.D. | June 15, 2009 Read the full report (pdf) Download the executive summary (pdf) WASHINGTON, DC—Expanding health insurance coverage to the millions of uninsured Americans is a key U.S. policy goal, but expanding coverage without steps to contain rapidly rising health care costs is a recipe for failure. For years,...

Stephanie Miller: Cooperating with China in Latin America

The following is a summary of a column by Latin America analyst Stephanie Miller on what growing Chinese-Latin America relations mean for the United States. The full column is available here. Ties between China and Latin America have recently grown, raising the question from American policymakers on how the United States should view the growing...

Ask the Expert Video: Angela Kelley on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Watch the video Read the transcript Angela Kelley, VP for Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress, discusses the urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform in the United States. She addresses what comprehensive immigration reform is, why we need it, and how quickly Congress can act on immigration reform. The Center for American Progress...

John Podesta: Remarks on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Washington, D.C.- Today, Center for American Progress President and CEO John D. Podesta joined other leaders from labor, business, African-American, Latino, Asian, and faith communities in a joint press conference that officially launched the Reform Immigration for America campaign. “The time to act is now,” said Podesta at the press conference. “It’s our collective challenge...

RELEASE: Making Contracting Work

By David Madland, Karla Walter, Paul K. Sonn, Tsedeye Gebreselassie | June 2, 2009 Read the full report  (pdf) WASHINGTON, DC—President Barack Obama announced on March 4th that he plans to overhaul the federal contracting process. This much-needed modernization provides the federal government with a significant opportunity to generate good jobs and help rebuild the...

RELEASE: A Stormy Forecast for U.S. Agriculture

By Tom Kenworthy | June 1, 2009 Read the full column WASHINGTON, DC—Farm belt lawmakers are posing a challenge to passage of clean-energy legislation in Congress because of a proposed Environmental Protection Agency ruling that they claim could make it harder for ethanol produced from corn and other U.S. crops to meet the federal renewable...