Trump’s Plan To Privatize Medicare

Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled “Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors.” The order is the latest example of how Trump says one thing while doing another. Rather than strengthening Medicare, Trump envisions turning large swaths of the 54-year-old program for the elderly over to the private sector while … Read moreTrump’s Plan To Privatize Medicare

The National Security Argument on Impeachment

Recent events, including President Donald Trump’s own admissions, show that the president of the United States used his position to try to extort the government of Ukraine for assistance investigating an American citizen connected with his political rival with the goal of obtaining information that would be helpful to his reelection efforts. In doing so, he … Read moreThe National Security Argument on Impeachment

States Are Making Progress on Expanding Access to Driver’s Licenses

On June 17, activists lining the galleries of the New York Legislature erupted in celebration as the “Green Light” bill passed the Senate, the culminating moment in a decades-long battle to allow individuals access to driver’s licenses regardless of their immigration status. This summer, both New York and Oregon joined a group of 12 states, … Read moreStates Are Making Progress on Expanding Access to Driver’s Licenses

What Graduation Rates Have Missed for Community College Students

For years, federal data essentially ignored the outcomes of the typical community college student. The official Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) graduation rate counted only students who had enrolled in college for the first time and attended full time. It did not count transfer students or part-time students, even though 65 percent of community … Read moreWhat Graduation Rates Have Missed for Community College Students

Interactive: A 100 Percent Clean Future

See also: “Report: A 100 Percent Clean Future” See also: “Fact Sheet: A 100 Percent Clean Future”   The United States can and must build a 100 Percent Clean Future that delivers on the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economywide by 2050 and net-negative emissions thereafter in order to limit global warming to 1.5 … Read moreInteractive: A 100 Percent Clean Future

‘If You Are Telling Someone They Can Come Home One Day, They Deserve a Second Chance.’

Jarret Ruffin shares how a criminal record has haunted him for more than half of his life and how, with the passage of Michigan’s Clean Slate bill, he could finally be allowed to move on. Learn more at www.safeandjustmi.org. Jasmine Hardy is the video editor at the Center for American Progress. David Ballard is the policy and outreach coordinator for the … Read more‘If You Are Telling Someone They Can Come Home One Day, They Deserve a Second Chance.’

Worse Than Watergate

Watergate has long been the standard by which other political scandals are judged. Commentators use the suffix “-gate” and talk about how contemporary events mirror those that occurred during the Watergate investigation. But the country is now confronted with a presidential scandal that presents an unprecedented danger to American democracy and national security. Evidence that … Read moreWorse Than Watergate

The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-September 2019 Jobs Release

Authors’ note: CAP uses “Black” and “African American” interchangeably throughout many of our products. We chose to capitalize “Black” in order to reflect that we are discussing a group of people and to be consistent with the capitalization of “African American.”  Tomorrow, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its Employment Situation Summary for the month … Read moreThe State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-September 2019 Jobs Release

State Health Policy Project

State governments have the opportunity to lead on implementing reforms to lower health care costs and improve the quality of care. States can test and scale reforms that could serve as models for other states and provide a foundation for systemwide reforms at the federal level in the future. The Center for American Progress’ State … Read moreState Health Policy Project

Trump’s Extortion of Ukraine: A Complete Government Shakedown

Find more about Trump’s Constitutional Crisis as it develops here. It now appears that President Donald Trump was running an extortion campaign against Ukraine, as well as a complex cover-up to keep the public in the dark about his abuse of power. On July 18, 2019, the Trump administration withheld $250 million of military aid to Ukraine. Seven days … Read moreTrump’s Extortion of Ukraine: A Complete Government Shakedown

Number of Americans With Preexisting Conditions by District for the 116th Congress

To download the table showing estimates by state and district for the 116th Congress, click here. A court case now under deliberation in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could have devastating consequences for people with preexisting health conditions. In Texas v. United States, 18 states’ attorneys general—with support from the Trump administration—are challenging … Read moreNumber of Americans With Preexisting Conditions by District for the 116th Congress

5 Reasons to Support Affirmative Action in College Admissions

For much of American history, elite colleges and universities were largely reserved for wealthy, predominantly white Americans. Only in the 20th century did these institutions begin to actively prioritize diversity and expand access by adopting tools such as affirmative action—the narrowly tailored practice of considering race and ethnicity as part of a holistic evaluation of … Read more5 Reasons to Support Affirmative Action in College Admissions

The Impact of Partisan Gerrymandering

Once a decade, every state redraws its electoral districts, determining which people will be represented by each politician. In many states, this means that politicians gather behind computer screens to figure out how they can manipulate the lines to box out their competition and maximize the power of their political party. While an increasing number … Read moreThe Impact of Partisan Gerrymandering

Brett Kavanaugh: A Representation of the Damaged U.S. Judiciary

On October 6, 2018, the U.S. Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court despite credible, powerful allegations of sexual assault. The vote came on the heels of a partisan display by Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings in which he put forward conspiracy theories that echoed his long career in conservative politics. … Read moreBrett Kavanaugh: A Representation of the Damaged U.S. Judiciary

Trump’s Conduct Strikes at the Heart of the Rule of Law

This week, President Donald Trump feigned surprise that his “perfect” conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would be considered an impeachable offense. Both the summary of the Trump-Zelensky call and the allegations in the whistleblower complaint, however, make it clear that Trump’s actions are in direct conflict with core tenets of American law. Here is … Read moreTrump’s Conduct Strikes at the Heart of the Rule of Law

The Founders Would Have Impeached Trump for His Ukraine-Related Misconduct

From the very first days of our nation, the founders were intent on ensuring that foreign entities did not influence America’s democratic system. They knew that foreign involvement in U.S. elections or policymaking posed an enormous threat to our sovereignty and that a president who would invite foreign interference for his own political benefit would … Read moreThe Founders Would Have Impeached Trump for His Ukraine-Related Misconduct

Trump’s Corporate Tax Cut Is Not Trickling Down

Two years ago, President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent via the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA). At the time, the Trump administration claimed that its corporate tax cuts would increase the average household income in the United States by $4,000. … Read moreTrump’s Corporate Tax Cut Is Not Trickling Down

A National Standard for Climate-Ready Fisheries

Tomorrow, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release the first “Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.” This report will compile the most advanced science on the severe consequences of climate change for the ocean and the millions of people who depend on ocean ecosystems. But fishermen across the … Read moreA National Standard for Climate-Ready Fisheries

The Challenge of Running the Office of Federal Student Aid ‘More Like a Business’

See also: “Ensuring Accountability and Effectiveness at the Office of Federal Student Aid” by Ben Miller and Jason Delisle All too often, policymakers suggest that the government needs to run “more like a business.” The allure is understandable, since private companies are usually known for being adaptive and placing a greater emphasis on performance, efficiency, … Read moreThe Challenge of Running the Office of Federal Student Aid ‘More Like a Business’

What We Know About DACA Recipients, by Metropolitan Area

In November, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the lawfulness of the Trump administration’s rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In doing so, it will determine whether or not to reverse the decisions of three lower courts that allowed individuals to continue renewing their protections—and will likely decide DACA’s future in the first … Read moreWhat We Know About DACA Recipients, by Metropolitan Area

The Geopolitics of a Political Scandal

For months, a scandal of immense proportion has been bubbling below the surface, involving Rudy Giuliani and President Donald Trump trying to pressure Ukraine into opening investigations involving American citizens. In the era when there are new scandals on a weekly basis, this fairly intricate and convoluted plan had largely stayed below the surface of … Read moreThe Geopolitics of a Political Scandal

Trump’s Labor Secretary Nominee Delights in Destroying Rights for Disabled Workers

Following the resignation of U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump has nominated Eugene Scalia to serve as the next labor secretary. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) plays a pivotal role in the lives of Americans with disabilities. Responsible for the regulation of subminimum wage programs—commonly referred to as 14(c) programs—workplace safety … Read moreTrump’s Labor Secretary Nominee Delights in Destroying Rights for Disabled Workers

DACA Recipients’ Livelihoods, Families, and Sense of Security Are at Stake This November

Note: The survey results can be found here. For more information on the survey, please contact Tom K. Wong. Since it was first announced on June 15, 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy has provided temporary relief from deportation as well as work authorization to approximately 825,000 undocumented young people across the … Read moreDACA Recipients’ Livelihoods, Families, and Sense of Security Are at Stake This November

The Harvest of American Racism

There is a lot of talk among policymakers and advocates about how to help economically distressed communities and how a tax incentive such as “opportunity zones” will improve these areas. Supporters of the opportunity zone incentive argue that an infusion of private capital is all that is needed to put distressed communities on an upward … Read moreThe Harvest of American Racism

What We Know About DACA Recipients, by State

In the first half of 2020, the Supreme Court is expected to decide the future of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). As CAP detailed last week, the nearly 700,000 DACA recipients are deeply rooted community members whose fiscal and economic contributions are felt broadly. Nearly 1.5 million individuals live in households with a DACA … Read moreWhat We Know About DACA Recipients, by State

Angela and Patrice: A Conversation on the Need for Affordable Child Care

Child care is a multigenerational issue that especially affects women who parent. Many of the financial and job sacrifices mothers had to make for their children decades ago are still necessary today. Watch Angela and her daughter Patrice discuss how a lack of sustained investment in quality, affordable child care affects their family. Andrew Satter is the senior director … Read moreAngela and Patrice: A Conversation on the Need for Affordable Child Care

The Long Path to a New Student Loan Repayment System

Borrowers: A new way to repay your student loans is coming. Eventually. The downfalls of the current system have been well documented; it’s complex and downright annoying for borrowers to navigate and expensive for the federal government to administer. An effort to create a new repayment platform began in 2014, but six years later, it’s … Read moreThe Long Path to a New Student Loan Repayment System

10 K-12 Education Policy Questions Every Presidential Candidate Should Answer

After months of campaigning and two rounds of primary debates, presidential candidates still aren’t prioritizing K-12 education. While some have released specific plans, others have only put out general statements or mentioned the issue in passing—if at all. While understandably, proposals to increase access to early childhood and higher education are front and center, it … Read more10 K-12 Education Policy Questions Every Presidential Candidate Should Answer

9 LGBTQ Faith Leaders to Watch in 2019

The past year has posed significant challenges for many LGBTQ members of faith communities. For example, a recent vote in the United Methodist Church strengthened its ban on marriage for same-sex couples and LGBTQ clergy, leaving many LGBTQ United Methodists feeling discouraged and isolated. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is actively stripping away nondiscrimination protections for … Read more9 LGBTQ Faith Leaders to Watch in 2019

Patty and Megan: 2 Generations of Mothers on the Need for Affordable Child Care

Child care is a multigenerational issue that especially affects women who parent. Many of the financial and job sacrifices mothers had to make for their children decades ago are still necessary today. Watch Patty and her daughter Megan discuss how a lack of sustained investment in quality, affordable child care affects their family. Andrew Satter is the senior … Read morePatty and Megan: 2 Generations of Mothers on the Need for Affordable Child Care

Farewell for Now, but Not for Long

Like with any good project, it takes a team to reach the finish line. For two seasons, the Center for American Progress has published this weekly podcast in hopes of encouraging its listeners to think about the world a little differently and sharing perspectives that can help foster a more inclusive society. From former producer Sally Tucker and original hosts Michele … Read moreFarewell for Now, but Not for Long

What We Know About DACA Recipients in the United States

Two years ago, the Trump administration announced an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), leaving hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants in the dark. Despite President Donald Trump’s promise that he had “great heart” when it came to Dreamers, DACA recipients and their families face an uncertain future. Congress remains unable to … Read moreWhat We Know About DACA Recipients in the United States

The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-August 2019 Jobs Release

Tomorrow, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will release its Employment Situation Summary for the month of August. So far this year, the labor market has largely shrugged off economic headwinds that have slowed the economy overall, but this month’s jobs data follow the BLS’ downward revision of half a million to the 2019 … Read moreThe State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-August 2019 Jobs Release

3 Ways Federal Financial Aid Could Work Better for Student-Parents

Student-parents are one of the most overlooked groups in higher education from a policy perspective. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics estimate that 22 percent of college students today have a dependent child, more than half of whom are single parents. The U.S. higher education system does a particularly poor job of serving … Read more3 Ways Federal Financial Aid Could Work Better for Student-Parents

Trump Against the World at the G-7 Summit

It wouldn’t be an international convening if President Donald Trump didn’t make himself the center of attention. Over the weekend, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted the G-7 summit with leaders from the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Italy, and Japan, along with President Trump, in attendance in Biarritz, France. From skipping a meeting on climate change—the … Read moreTrump Against the World at the G-7 Summit

China Tariff Costs by Congressional District

See also: “The Trump Administration’s Trade Agenda: Rigged to Benefit Corporations at the Expense of Everyday Americans” by Daniella Zessoules The Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on goods from China has proven to be an expensive sacrifice for families and businesses while accomplishing virtually nothing for working people in the United States. According to estimates … Read moreChina Tariff Costs by Congressional District

Advancing Racial Equity in Career and Technical Education Enrollment

On July 31, 2018, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) was signed into law, giving state leaders a new opportunity to improve career and technical education (CTE) programs. High-quality CTE programs offer rigorous academic content alongside technical courses in specific occupations as well as hands-on learning experiences. However, … Read moreAdvancing Racial Equity in Career and Technical Education Enrollment

Bernhardt Is Making It Harder for Environmental Watchdogs to Hold Interior Accountable

Since entering office, the Trump administration has lost the vast majority of legal battles over its policies that harm the environment and public lands. Now, it’s trying to discourage opponents of these policies from filing lawsuits against the government in the first place, as well as increasingly refusing to settle cases even when it has … Read moreBernhardt Is Making It Harder for Environmental Watchdogs to Hold Interior Accountable

3 Reasons Why the New Flores Rule Does Not Pass Legal Muster

After weeks of speculation, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan announced yesterday that the Trump administration was publishing its final rule to overturn the 1997 Flores settlement, a long-standing legal agreement that sets out commonsense standards for the care of children in immigration detention. The settlement came out of litigation challenging the U.S. Immigration … Read more3 Reasons Why the New Flores Rule Does Not Pass Legal Muster

Planning for the Future in an Uncertain Economy

Halloween may be more than two months away, but something in the air already has the markets spooked. Worries about the end of the bull market and a looming recession has economists and politicos worried about the impact of a sluggish economy. While Daniella is off this week, Ed sits down with CAP Senior Economist … Read morePlanning for the Future in an Uncertain Economy