ADVISORY: The Promise of Proficiency

Given the demands of a 21st century workforce, educators and policymakers agree that the purpose of high school has shifted from graduating students to ensuring that students are poised for success in college and career. To drive toward this goal, every American high school must be able to systematically understand the extent to which its...

Statement on Obama’s Upcoming Decision on Afghanistan

The Obama administration will soon release its much anticipated strategy on Afghanistan. Congress must subject this plan to comprehensive oversight and scrutiny in order to ensure the United States has a clear and comprehensive plan for advancing stability in Afghanistan and the broader region. Before it approves any additional funding for the war, Congress should...

RELEASE: The U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Is Vital

By Colin Cookman, Brian Katulis | November 24, 2009 Read full column here. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visits Washington this week for a four-day state visit to discuss a range of issues crucial to the developing strategic partnership between the United States and India. The U.S.-India partnership is critical to President Barack Obama’s national...

RELEASE: Economic Snapshot for November 2009

By Christian E. Weller Download the snapshot with full graphs (pdf) Lingering weakness in the labor market is threatening the fledgling economic recovery. Millions of jobs have been lost and unemployment has risen to the highest level in almost three decades. The labor market weakness will make it harder for families to repay their high...

NEW REPORT: The True Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality in D.C.

Listen to the call  Read the report (pdf) WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today the Center for American Progress held a press call to release its new report, Time to Stop the Lies: Countering Bishop Harry Jackson's Gay Marriage Distortions. The call featured the author of the report, Jeff Krehely, Director of CAP's LGBT Research and Communications Project,...

RELEASE: A Job Saved Is as Good as a Job Created

By Heather Boushey The debate over how effective the Obama administration’s efforts have been at turning the economy around now seems to hinge on the question of whether saving a job is as good as creating one. The answer is clearly yes. The worker who does not get laid off may or may not know...

MEMO: Breaking Down the Deficit

By Michael Linden View the graph Download the full memo (pdf) The fiscal year ended on October 1, and we can say with certainty that 2009’s budget deficit was the largest since World War II, approaching one-tenth the size of the entire U.S. economy. Since we have now the benefit of specific data from the...

STATEMENT: Andrew Light and Julian L. Wong on U.S.-China Joint Statement on Climate Change, Energy, and the Environment

"We are excited about the announcements this morning in Beijing of a comprehensive plan for U.S.-China cooperation on clean energy and climate change. The overall plan is much more ambitious than we had anticipated and contains directives to create various institutions and programs addressing a wide array of cooperation on clean-energy technologies and capacity building,...