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  • QA with Neera Tanden
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    Q&A with Neera Tanden

    Neera Tanden detailed the mission and current goals of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for American Progress (CAP) think tank. CAP was founded in 2003 because there was no single progressive…

  • Income Inequality and the US Economy
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    Income Inequality and the U.S. Economy

    Alan Krueger gave an in-depth presentation on the rise of economic inequality in the United States, arguing that the shrinking middle class is endangering economic recovery. He talked about…

  • Senator Dick Durbin Fiscal Cliff Negotiations
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    Senator Dick Durbin Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) talked about the “fiscal cliff” and deficit reduction. He said he remained optimistic that Republicans and Democrats could agree on a solution to avoid the…

  • LongTerm US Economic Strategy
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    Long-Term U.S. Economic Strategy

    Lawrence Summers talked about long-term U.S. economic strategy. Among his statements he said that doing away with President Obama’s payroll tax cut was not a good idea in the current economic situation, and called…

  • Universities Innovation and the Economy
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    Universities, Innovation, and the Economy

    Drew Faust talked about the ways education and innovation can benefit the U.S. economy. She answered questions from Neera Tanden on investment in primary and secondary education leadership training for…

  • Health Care Costs
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    Health Care Costs

    Governor John Kitzhaber (D-OR) talked about his state’s efforts to lower health care costs. He described the coordinate care model, in which doctors are paid based on overall health…

  • US Competitiveness and Education Investment
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    U.S. Competitiveness and Education Investment

    Business leaders, scholars, and government officials talked about the Center for American Progress report comparing U.S. investment in education with China and India, focusing on the next…

  • Role of Think Tanks in Public Policy
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    Role of Think Tanks in Public Policy

    Tevi Troy discussed his recent National Affairs article, "Are Think Tanks Becoming Too Political?", in which he argued that think tanks have become more focused on politics rather than…

  • Women in Politics
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    Women in Politics

    Women political leaders talked about the challenges women face when running for office. They all agreed with the importance of putting women into the “pipeline” to get the experience needed…

  • US Manufacturing Industry and the Economy
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    U.S. Manufacturing Industry and the Economy

    Representative and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) talked about the House Democratic plan for assisting the manufacturing sector, Make It In America. Some of the initiatives include the…

  •  Gil Kerlikowske Remarks on US Drug Policy
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    Gil Kerlikowske Remarks on U.S. Drug Policy

    Gil Kerlikowske outlined the Obama administration’s new drug control strategy. The strategy emphasizes treating substance use disorders as a chronic disease that can be prevented and…

  • Neera Tanden on the Progressive Movement
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    Neera Tanden on the Progressive Movement

    Neera Tanden talked about progressives' attitudes toward toward President Obama and his policies. She talked about views on job growth, debt reduction, and taxation policies, as well as the…

  • Reducing Health Care Costs
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    Reducing Health Care Costs

    Businessmen and politicians agreed that rising health care costs were one of the main factors driving long term deficits in the U.S. They discussed ways to make the health care system more efficient…

  • US Export Finance Strategy
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    U.S. Export Finance Strategy

    Fred Hochberg talked about findings of the Export-Import Bank’s annual competitiveness report. He said that U.S. export opportunities are being challenged by countries that finance…

  • Congressional Agenda for President Obamas Second Term
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    Congressional Agenda for President Obama's Second Term

    Panelists previewed the congressional agenda and Congress' relationship with President Obama in light of the 2012 election results. Former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao questioned President Obama’s math…

  • Federal Government Innovation and the US Economy
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    Federal Government, Innovation and the U.S. Economy

    Panelests talked about the government’s role in spurring innovation. Topics included what innovation is and the different types, U.S. global competitiveness, and the “fiscal cliff,” emphasizing that the government…

  • Gene Sperling Remarks
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    Gene Sperling Remarks

    Gene Sperling talked about the fiscal cliff, emphasizing the Obama administration’s position in favor of higher taxes for the wealthy. Mr. Sperling said the administration favored this policy not to punish people…

  • Secretary John Bryson on US Competitiveness
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    Secretary John Bryson on U.S. Competitiveness

    Citing the latest jobs report, Commerce Secretary John Bryson said the last six months had seen the best rate of private sector job growth since 2006. According to the Labor Department, the…