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    DLC | Commentary | December 13, 2010
    Shoe Tariffs: America's Worst Tax
    By Ed Gresser
    In its waning weeks, and as the Christmas season approaches, the 111th Congress has a chance to do something nice for the poor. By passing the Affordable Footwear Act, Congress can help those most effected by the highest import tariffs.

    DLC | Opinion | September 2, 2009
    Partisan Superfans are Driving Average Americans From Politics
    By Marc Dunkelman
    Opposing sides are so vested in winning the battle that they've lost sight of the bigger war.

    DLC | Policy Report | May 27, 2009
    An Easy Fix for the Appointment Crunch
    By Edward Gresser
    To fix the problem, the Senate and administration should reach a grand bargain, narrowing the scope of appointees subject to Senate confirmation, but also encouraging the executive branch to reduce its use of senior counselors and other staffers outside the normal chain of policy command.

    PPI | Front & Center | April 3, 2009
    The Ultimate Post-Partisan Issue
    By Will Marshall
    Passage of the Serve America bill is a major breakthrough. It enables us to build a uniquely American approach to public problem solving that has proven its worth in communities across the country, multiplies opportunities for people to give back to their communities while earning money to pay for their education, and establishes a growth trajectory that eventually could move national service from the margins to the center of our national life, where it belongs.

    PPI | Front & Center | February 4, 2009
    Obama: Right on 'Buy American'
    By Edward Gresser
    President Obama's opposition to a "Buy American" clause in the stimulus bill is not only the right call, but a courageous one that shows the new administration is willing to do the right thing, even when it isn't the easy thing.

    PPI | Front & Center | January 26, 2009
    Clean Cars: Putting the United States on the Road to Recovery
    By Dr. Jan Mazurek
    President Barack Obama today signaled his commitment to put the United States on the road to recovery -- while at the same time tackling our dangerous dependence on oil -- by directing the EPA to reconsider California and 18 other states' request to adopt "tailpipe" standards that will cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases implicated in global climate change.

    PPI | Front & Center | January 9, 2009
    America's Awful Employment Decade
    By Edward Gresser
    Across eight years, the Bush era produced fewer new jobs than any president in over a century.

    PPI | Front & Center | June 11, 2008
    Senate Republicans Have Eyes Shut on Climate Security
    By Jan Mazurek
    The significance of the abortive cap-and-trade debate on the Senate floor was it revealed a GOP still in deep denial about the environmental, security, and economic need to put a price on carbon.

    DLC | 2008 Briefing Series | May 8, 2008
    Immigration Policy
    By Mark Ribbing
    Immigration, particularly illegal immigration, has emerged as one of the most passionately contested topics in American politics -- and is likely to be a significant political issue in 2008.

    The (N.J.) Star-Ledger | Opinion | April 10, 2008
    Finance System Cries Out for Reform, But the Right Kind
    By Paul Weinstein Jr.
    Whenever Wall Street faces a massive correction, Washington feels compelled to act. As we begin to consider measures to prevent another Bear Stearns, we ought to take a holistic view of how to improve oversight of the financial services industry.

    The San Jose Mercury News | Opinion | April 6, 2008
    Bush Fails to Help Struggle for Human Rights in China
    By Jim Arkedis
    By heedlessly agreeing to attend the Olympic ceremonies in Beijing without conditions, President Bush has sent an unmistakable signal that America turns a blind eye to China's abuses of its own people.

    DLC | Commentary | January 29, 2008
    DLC Response to President Bush's Final State of the Union
    George W. Bush's seventh and last State of the Union Address didn't break an inch of new policy ground, held no significant surprises, and seemed to take place in a different country than the highly energetic campaign to choose his successor.

    PPI | Front & Center | November 26, 2007
    Restoring a Proper Balance on Surveillance
    By Jim Arkedis
    The best way to balance security and privacy is to not engage in retrospective recriminations against private companies, but to pass new legislation that clearly brings future domestic surveillance and intelligence collection under the rule of law and democratic accountability.

    DLC | New Dem Dispatch | October 19, 2007
    Idea of the Week: Three Reforms For the Housing Market
    In a new Progressive Policy Institute report, Paul Weinstein Jr. offers three immediate steps that could offer relief to struggling homeowners and help for new homebuyers, and for the housing market as a whole.

    The Baltimore Sun | Opinion | October 12, 2007
    Blackwater May Be Tip of the Iceberg
    By Paul Weinstein Jr. and Marc Dunkelman
    Capitol Hill is abuzz over allegations of vigilantism and recklessness by U.S. contractors in Iraq. But reports that Blackwater USA has operated outside the law could turn out to be a window into a much larger Bush administration scandal.

    DLC | New Dem Dispatch | October 3, 2007
    Bush's Dishonest Case For Vetoing S-CHIP
    Though it was hardly a surprise, President Bush's veto of bipartisan legislation reauthorizing and improving the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) was still breathtaking in the fundamental dishonesty of the case he made for his action.

    DLC | New Dem Dispatch | October 2, 2007
    Elephants With Very Short Memories
    It's time to end the fiscal madness, and a good starting point is to expose the GOP's ludicrous efforts to claim the mantle of fiscal sanity.

    DLC | New Dem Dispatch | September 20, 2007
    Democrats Getting Health Care Right
    With the public increasingly demanding action on health care in response to ever-rising premiums and steady erosions in coverage, it's clear Democrats, and only Democrats, are rising to the challenge.

    DLC | New Dem Dispatch | June 22, 2007
    Bush's Stem Cell Stand: A Bad Idea Whose Time Has Passed
    On every front, it's time to overcome opposition to embryonic stem cell research as a bad idea whose time has long since passed.

    DLC | New Dem Dispatch | June 11, 2007
    CIA Plan Blows Cover on Contractor Costs
    We applaud the CIA for planning to trim its contractor staffing by 10 percent. It's a step in the right direction for all federal agencies.

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