ADVISORY: Discussing “Interesting Times” with New Yorker writer George Packer

As a writer for The New Yorker magazine, George Packer has captured the big ideas and events of the past decade spanning the September 11 attacks to the election of Barack Obama through the voices of individuals around the world. Packer's new book, Interesting Times , unites investigative pieces with personal essays and detailed narratives...

RELEASE: Stupak Amendment Changes Abortion Status Quo

November 16, 2009 By Jessica Arons Download this memo (pdf) Opponents and supporters of abortion rights agreed early on, in theory, to maintain the “status quo” with “abortion neutral” health care legislation. The idea was that health care reform is not the appropriate place to continue the fight over abortion and neither side should attempt...

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,...

ADVISORY: Union and District Partnerships to Expand Learning Time

Many schools across the country have expanded their school day and/or year and redesigned their schedule, resulting in remarkable gains in student achievement. While the advantages for students are obvious, the impact on teachers and union partnerships must also be examined. The Obama administration is calling for more schools to rethink the school day and...

ADVISORY: Population, Justice and the Environmental Challenge

Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 10:00am – 11:30am WASHINGTON, D.C. - We are living in a pivotal moment: pivotal for the earth's climate, for other natural systems, and for world population. The decisions made today, especially by policymakers and by the world's estimated 3 billion people under the age of 25, will determine whether human numbers...

STATEMENT: CAP Applauds Secretary Napolitano’s Stance on Immigration Reform

Washington, D.C. -At a speech at the Center for American Progress today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano made a strong case for enacting comprehensive immigration reform. She noted that while her agency has made strides in improving our border security, the nation needs new laws to strengthen national security, meet global economic demands,...

RELEASE: House Health Bill Will Help Unmarried Women

Last month the Center for American Progress noted that nearly one in four unmarried women between the ages of 18 and 64 were uninsured, compared with 15 percent of married women. Unmarried women have a hard time obtaining health insurance with lower household incomes than married women, jobs that often do not provide insurance, and...

STATEMENT: CAP EVP Sarah Rosen Wartell and Assoc. Director Andrew Jakabovics on FHA Audit Release

“Today’s release of the FHA actuarial review tells us that FHA continues to play its intended countercyclical role in stabilizing housing markets during periods of economic stress, “ says former FHA official Sarah Rosen Wartell.      “Today’s housing market is the 100-year flood.   Congress established the capital reserve fund in 1990 to protect against...

ADVISORY: Secretary Janet Napolitano on Immigration Policy

As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano brings to her job a deep understanding of immigration and border issues from her experience as Governor, Attorney General, and U.S. Attorney in the State of Arizona. President Barack Obama has asked Secretary Napolitano to play a lead role on immigration reform. As the...

NEW REPORT: Getting Back on Track to Close Guantanamo

Download the executive summary (pdf) Read the full report (pdf) Today, the Center for American Progress released a new report, "Getting Back on Track to Close Guantanamo: How to Get to Zero," by Ken Gude, Associate Director of the International Rights and Responsibility Program at CAP. The process for closing Guantanamo has not gone as...