Public Opinion Snapshot: Move on Health Care Reform Now (and Don’t Forget the Public Plan!)

By Ruy Teixeira WASHINGTON, DC—The battle is underway over President Barack Obama’s ambitious plans to reform our health care system. And conservatives are thinking of every way they can to stall and eviscerate such reform. One conservative argument is that, given our serious economic problems, we just can’t afford an ambitious undertaking like health care...

RELEASE: Louis Caldera Joins the Center for American Progress as Senior Fellow

WASHINGTON, DC – Louis Caldera has joined the Center for American Progress as a Senior Fellow. In this capacity, Caldera will focus his work on higher education and national security. Caldera has had a distinguished 30-year public service career serving at the local, state and national levels as a soldier, lawyer, legislator, high-ranking government official,...

ADVISORY: Domestic Human Rights and National Security

Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 12:30pm – 2:00pm WASHINGTON, DC—The United States has long prided itself on being a human rights leader. It has often called other countries to account for their abuses. But it has frequently been reticent to submit itself to the same strict standards to which others are held. Partly that has been...

ADVISORY: Restoring Credibility on Human Rights and Democracy

Monday, June 15, 2009, 12:00pm – 1:30pm WASHINGTON, DC—The Obama administration portrayed its release of legal memos on torture and harsh interrogation, the closing of Guantanamo, and its reevaluation of military commissions as the first steps toward restoring our government's moral integrity and adherence to the rule of law. These steps also play an important...

STATEMENT: CAP Expert Daniel J. Weiss on Pence Energy Plan

“The American Energy Act is déjà vu all over again. It would continue the failed Bush-Cheney energy policies that caused the average American family’s energy costs to go up by $1,100. This plan would invest $800 billion for new nuclear plants paid for by taxpayers—it is too risky for Wall Street. "We need a new...

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...

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...

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....