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Let’s Compete With Other Countries’ Social Policies

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Following is commentary by Greg Anrig, Vice President for Policy, The Century Foundation. – – – – Many progressives find President Barack Obama to be a somewhat frustrating leader for reasons his State of the Union address exemplified. He systematically elides fundamental ideological divides. His references to social insurance programs, which represent some of the […] [Read More]
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New Report: Coal Power Plants Release Huge Quantities of Mercury, Polluting Streams and Rivers Nationwide

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Despite the success of statewide action to reduce mercury pollution from power plants, Connecticut still is saddled with the health effects of other states’ mercury pollution, according to a new Environment Connecticut report, Dirty Energy’s Assault on our Health: Mercury. Connecticut passed a law in 2004 requiring coal power plants to cut their emissions by […] [Read More]
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State of the Union 2011: Education

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Following is commentary by Richard Kahlenberg, Fellow, The Century Foundation. – – – – The President’s State of the Union address represented a missed opportunity in the education sphere. As I noted in a “Room for Debate” column in the New York Times, the president was right to outline two key challenges – making our […] [Read More]
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State of the Union: State of Health Care

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Following is commentary by Maggie Mahar, a fellow at The Century Foundation. – – – – In his State of the Union Speech, President Obama devoted only a few minutes to health care reform. This might surprise some, but I think the president made a wise decision. There was little reason for him to devote […] [Read More]
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Either House Majority Leader Eric Cantor doesn’t understand how Social Security works or he doesn’t care

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Just hours after President Obama said that Social Security cuts and privatization are off the table, Cantor said that Social Security had to be cut to balance the budget. But here’s the thing: Social Security does not and never has added a single dime to the federal deficit. Let me try to explain this to […] [Read More]
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Movement Analysis: State of the Union

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Following is commentary by Karen Bradley and Karen Studd. Bradley is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland. Studd is Associate Professor in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University and is affiliated with the Center for […] [Read More]
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Leading Organizations Call for Stronger Senate Rules Reform Package

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With the Senate Democratic caucus prepared to discuss the issue of rules reform at a lunch meeting today, Fix the Senate Now remains supportive of common sense reforms that make the Senate more transparent and accountable. Below are quotations from leading organizations involved in the coalition, calling on the Senate to ensure that the rules […] [Read More]
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Reaction to President’s Speech

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1. “The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) is encouraged that President Obama made job creation and moving the economy forward a central message in his address to the American people. Latinos have been disproportionately affected by the recession and job losses, and we urge the White House and Congress to work […] [Read More]
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The CBO Punching Bag

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By Harold Pollack, a fellow at The Century and the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago. – – – – At the moment, Republicans are deeply unhappy with the Congressional Budget Office’s estimates of the deficit reductions included in the new health reform law. But during the earlier […] [Read More]
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Joe Lieberman – A Profile in Courage?

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Alvin Felzenberg thinks so, as he discusses at length in an op-ed in yesterday’s CT Post. And I suppose he’s right. It does take a certain amount of courage to: 1. lie to your constituents: “No one wants to end the war in Iraq more than I do and bring our troops home:”: 2. betray […] [Read More]
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