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Restoring Evidence-Based Medicine and Standards of Care Article

Restoring Evidence-Based Medicine and Standards of Care

Far too many legislators continue to embrace laws that disregard evidence and science and inappropriately mandate care and how it is delivered.

Increasing Millennial Families’ Access to High Quality Child Care Article

Increasing Millennial Families’ Access to High Quality Child Care

The United States has the third-highest child care costs as a percentage of family income compared to other developed countries, and current child care subsidy programs are simply not enough.

Avoiding Cuts to Pell Grant Funding Article

Avoiding Cuts to Pell Grant Funding

It is time for Congress to be sensible rather than pit college students against sick patients, workers looking for retraining, and others who need federal assistance.

Fully Funding Our National Security Article

Fully Funding Our National Security

In their refusal to negotiate a budget deal that would lift the sequester-level spending caps, Congress is unnecessarily risking critical defense and foreign policy priorities.

Addressing the Global Refugee Crisis Article

Addressing the Global Refugee Crisis

There are many convenient excuses for inaction or doing too little, but this is no time to shirk the responsibility of our common humanity.

Amidst Economic Recovery, Combating Persistent Poverty Article

Amidst Economic Recovery, Combating Persistent Poverty

These stagnant poverty and income numbers in the face of economic growth focused at the top should be a wake-up call for policymakers.

Amidst Economic Recovery, Combating Persistent Poverty Article

Amidst Economic Recovery, Combating Persistent Poverty

These stagnant poverty and income numbers in the face of economic growth focused at the top should be a wake-up call for policymakers that greater action is needed.

Accurately Measuring Middle Class Income Trends Article

Accurately Measuring Middle Class Income Trends

From any angle, middle-class families have seen minimal market income increases even as the economy continues to grow.

Expanding Apprenticeships in the United States Article

Expanding Apprenticeships in the United States

As concerns from U.S. employers about a skills gap and an aging workforce intensify, apprenticeship programs represent an obvious solution to current and anticipated worker shortages.

Curbing Corruption and Illicit Financial Flows Article

Curbing Corruption and Illicit Financial Flows

Illicit financial flows and corruption rob governments and their citizens of revenue; devastate trust in the state and the rule of law; and feed crime, terrorism, and unethical behavior.

Avoiding Further Sequestration in the Next Budget Agreement Article

Avoiding Further Sequestration in the Next Budget Agreement

Budget cuts reduce the investments that lawmakers should be making to strengthen the middle class and undermine vital government functions that promote fair treatment for all Americans.

Increasing Access to High Quality Child Care Article

Increasing Access to High Quality Child Care

In supporting the current workforce and preparing tomorrow’s workforce for success, the proposal would help secure America’s economic future.

Protecting the Right to Vote in North Carolina Article

Protecting the Right to Vote in North Carolina

If advocates for voting rights want a level playing field in state courts, they must push for reforms to judicial selection.

Increasing Resilience to Climate Change Through Parametric Risk Insurance Article

Increasing Resilience to Climate Change Through Parametric Risk Insurance

Parametric risk insurance—insurance policies that use environmental measurements to trigger an immediate payout—can play a key role in reducing the risks of climate change in developing countries.

A Renewable Energy Revolution on America’s Public Lands and Waters Article

A Renewable Energy Revolution on America’s Public Lands and Waters

The partnership between the federal government and renewable energy developers has contributed to the nation’s twentyfold increase in solar generation and threefold increase in wind generation since 2009.

Reducing Chronic Truancy Article

Reducing Chronic Truancy

While success in school is dependent upon many factors, being present each and every day is critical, particularly for low-income students and students of color, who face a variety of educational barriers.

Fairer Pay Through Updated Overtime Rules Article

Fairer Pay Through Updated Overtime Rules

Seventy percent of 16- to 24-year-olds and 41 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds with full-time salaries in exempt roles earned less than the proposed threshold of $50,440 in 2013

The Real Threat to Grid Reliability Article

The Real Threat to Grid Reliability

Author Myriam Alexander-Kearns discusses the greatest threat to grid reliability: climate change.

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