Trump’s Impeachable Conduct Strikes at the Heart of the Rule of Law: Part 2

Find more about Trump’s Constitutional Crisis as it develops here. This is part two in a series documenting the ways in which President Trump’s actions related to Ukraine violate basic tenets of American law. Read the first installment, which focuses on bribery and extortion, here. There is substantial evidence to show that President Donald Trump committed … Read moreTrump’s Impeachable Conduct Strikes at the Heart of the Rule of Law: Part 2

LGBTQ Dreamers Fear Detention and Deportation and Need DACA’s Protections

On November 12, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the legality of President Donald Trump’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The stakes of this case are extremely high: Since the policy was announced on June 15, 2012, it has provided temporary protection from deportation and work authorization … Read moreLGBTQ Dreamers Fear Detention and Deportation and Need DACA’s Protections

The Federal Judiciary Needs More Judges From Historically Underrepresented Groups

See also: “Building a More Inclusive Federal Judiciary” by Danielle Root, Jake Faleschini, and Grace Oyenubi In order to function properly, the federal judiciary needs the public to trust that the institution and the decisions it renders are legitimate. Legal scholars, judicial commentators, and legal practitioners have all raised concerns about the federal judiciary’s current … Read moreThe Federal Judiciary Needs More Judges From Historically Underrepresented Groups

Restoring the Promise of Higher Education

In the 11 years since Congress last reauthorized the Higher Education Act (HEA), student debt has climbed past $1.6 trillion; tens of thousands of students have been left worse off by poor quality institutions; and gaps in college attainment by race and income have continued to put the American dream out of reach for far … Read moreRestoring the Promise of Higher Education

The Executive Privilege Is Far From Absolute

For a man who says he has nothing to hide, President Donald Trump and his administration seem to want to keep an awful lot hidden. Following a week of depositions and testimony featuring acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire and the U.S. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, the White House abruptly changed course … Read moreThe Executive Privilege Is Far From Absolute

10 Disability Policy Questions Every Presidential Candidate Should Answer

The 2020 election has already seen an unprecedented level of engagement of the disability community by candidates. Differing approaches—from integrating disability as a lens across issues that include, but are not limited to, housing, democracy, and children’s issues, to stand-alone platforms that address parts of the communities and cover various intersections of race, gender, immigration, … Read more10 Disability Policy Questions Every Presidential Candidate Should Answer

What We Know About DACA Renewals

When the Trump administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative in September 2017, hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants were thrown into limbo. Eventually, multiple court challenges over the lawfulness of the termination led to preliminary injunctions that allowed DACA recipients to renew their protections. Now, on November 12, the U.S. Supreme … Read moreWhat We Know About DACA Renewals

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