AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT: CAP Economic Expert Heather Boushey on Work-Life Conflicts

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are hosting a Forum for Workplace Flexibility to sit down with leaders from business communities large and small, with workers, and with public policy experts to discuss the challenges Americans face in balancing the demands of workplace and family obligations. The forum builds on the...

NEW MEMO: Unraveling Health Care Reform Would Leave Millions with Less Affordable Care

Download this memo (pdf) View the chart WASHINGTON, D.C. – With efforts to repeal the new health care law underway in many states, the Center for American Progress has published a new memo by Director of Health Policy Karen Davenport and Special Assistant for Health Policy Sonia Sekhar, using research from the Urban Institute, which...

Public Opinion Snapshot: Positive Signs for Health Care Reform

By Ruy Teixeira WASHINGTON, D.C.—Health care reform, the biggest piece of social legislation passed since 1965, is now the law of the land. This historic achievement is getting some positive reactions from the public now that the painful congressional process has finally ended and there is an actual piece of legislation to consider. Of course,...

NEW MEMOS: Public Support and Progressive Policies Addressing Work-Life Conflicts

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Obama administration this week is hosting a Forum on Workplace Flexibility at the White House, where the president and first lady will sit down with leaders from business communities large and small, with workers, and with public policy experts to discuss the challenges Americans face in balancing the demands of workplace and family...

In Seeking To Strip LGBT Oklahomans Of Hate Crimes Protections, Oklahoma Removes Protections For Race And Religion

By Igor Volsky Read the full post WASHINGTON, D.C.—In October, President Barack Obama signed The Matthew Shepard Act, expanding the reach of the 1969 hate crimes law to “authorize the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute certain bias-motivated crimes based on the victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability.” Previously...

ADVISORY: Homeownership Done Right

Thursday, April 1, 2010, 9:30am – 11:00am WASHINGTON, D.C.—We must learn the right lessons, not the wrong lessons, from the subprime mortgage crisis. In the years before the capital markets fueled a subprime deluge and bad money chased out good, a range of policies and programs effectively created sustainable, affordable homeownership. Participants in these programs...

STATEMENT: CAP Applauds Regulatory Changes to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Implementation

By Rudy deLeon WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Center for American Progress strongly supports the Defense Department’s announcement today that it will modify the way it implements the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy as it continues to consider the best way to repeal the ban. DADT became law in 1994 and prohibits openly gay men and women from...

STATEMENT ON A NEW U.S.-RUSSIA ARMS CONTROL AGREEMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The report of a new agreement between the United States and Russia on a successor to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, marks an historic achievement that will increase the safety and security of the United States and our allies. This new follow-on treaty reduces the threat of nuclear war, marks...

COLUMN: Discretionary Spending Is Good Spending, Too

By Michael Ettlinger,  Michael Linden | March 24, 2010 Read the full column Interactive: What Is Non-Defense Discretionary Spending? The way policymakers of both political parties talk about axing “non-defense discretionary spending” you’d think it involved government payments to the devil himself. The president’s 2011 budget proposes capping “non-security” discretionary spending. The Senate recently barely...

MEMO: Progress in Pakistan

Washington, D.C. - This week, the fourth round of a strategic dialogue between the United States and Pakistan will take place in Washington. This meeting comes at a time when the Obama administration’s policy approach to Pakistan has begun to pay dividends—terrorist leaders have been taken off the battlefield, and Taliban leaders arrested. Although dangerous...