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March 2015

article icon Issue Brief Policymakers need to build on successes of past progressive policies by implementing measures that raise wages and boost productivity growth.

by Christian E. Weller & Jackie Odum | Friday, March 27, 2015

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Improving Abortion Access by Expanding Those Who Provide Care

article icon Issue Brief Recent policy change affecting abortion care has mainly included reducing access, but some states and laws are actually increasing access.

by Donna Barry & Julia Rugg | Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Increasing Postsecondary Attainment Through Smarter Student-Loan Repayment

book_alt2 icon Report A modern student-loan repayment system should promote affordable repayment and eliminate default by using the tax system to automatically enroll students in a single, simple repayment plan that suits them financially.

by Elizabeth Baylor & David A. Bergeron | Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Opportunities for the Green Climate Fund in 2015

article icon Issue Brief Countries—including the United States—need to start meeting their financial pledges to the Green Climate Fund so that it can begin to help solve the climate challenge.

by Pete Ogden & Gwynne Taraska | Monday, March 23, 2015

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Expanding Opportunities in America’s Urban Areas

article icon Issue Brief To ensure that more people benefit from the opportunities cities create, the Center for American Progress has compiled key policy proposals that address the challenges faced by distressed urban areas.

by the Poverty to Prosperity Program & the CAP Economic Policy Team | Monday, March 23, 2015

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Fact Sheets: Economic Benefits of Reducing Racial and Ethnic Inequality

article icon Fact Sheet With the U.S. Census Bureau estimating that the majority of the U.S. population will be people of color by 2043, it is increasingly important that policymakers enact progressive policies that would improve the economic prospects and increase income for people of color.

by Progress 2050 | Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Cutting Greenhouse Gas from Fossil-Fuel Extraction on Federal Lands and Waters

article icon Issue Brief A comprehensive emissions-reduction plan is needed to cut greenhouse gas pollution from energy development on public lands and waters to support U.S. climate change goals.

by Claire Moser, Joshua Mantell, Nidhi Thakar, Chase Huntley, Matt Lee-Ashley | Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Nuclear Negotiations with Iran Reach a Decision Point

article icon Issue Brief An imperfect negotiated deal between the P5+1 and Iran is better than the alternative of no deal at all.

by Shlomo Brom | Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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Security in Afghanistan: 5 Key Areas for U.S. Action

article icon Issue Brief Any adjustment to the withdrawal timeline of U.S. troops from Afghanistan must consider the critical needs of the Afghan National Security Forces.

by Ariella Viehe, Katherine Blakeley, Aarthi Gunasekaran | Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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Tackling Corruption in Afghanistan: It’s Now or Never

article icon Issue Brief Afghanistan has become one of the most corrupt countries on earth, but the election of a new government offers a critical opportunity for reform that neither Kabul nor Washington can afford to waste.

by Mary Beth Goodman & Trevor Sutton | Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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Turning the Tide on Afghanistan

article icon Issue Brief The Afghanistan national unity government’s visit to Washington offers an opportunity to reinvigorate the U.S.-Afghanistan relationship by using U.S. and international assistance to bolster Afghanistan’s own reform agenda.

by Ariella Viehe & Aarthi Gunasekaran | Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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To Stem the Flow of Illicit Drugs from Afghanistan, Follow the Money

article icon Issue Brief Afghanistan is the world’s largest producer of opium. Curbing the drug trade will require enhanced efforts to monitor the flow of illicit financial funds, as well as Afghan political will to enforce action.

by Mary Beth Goodman & Trevor Sutton | Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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The Rich Can’t Save Retail

book_alt2 icon Report It’s time for the retail industry to support a policy agenda that helps its most important customers—the middle class.

by Brendan Duke | Thursday, March 12, 2015

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The Plight of Christians in the Middle East

book_alt2 icon Report Some of the world's oldest Christian communities are disappearing in the very lands where their faith was born. The status of Christians in the Middle East is an important sign of broader regional trends in religious freedom, pluralism, and tolerance.

by Brian Katulis, Rudy deLeon, John B. Craig | Thursday, March 12, 2015

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The U.S.-Turkey Partnership

article icon Issue Brief President Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party are jeopardizing Turkey’s relationship with the United States and the West.

by Michael Werz & Max Hoffman | Thursday, March 12, 2015

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