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The Pentagon’s Most Expensive Weapon

Download the full report. When President Obama signed a $680-billion military policy bill last month, he fulfilled a promise to reform defense spending, slashing more weapons systems than any president had in decades. Left to wither were big-ticket programs like the F-22 fighter jet, the Combat Search and Rescue helicopter, the Airborne Lasers, and the…

How Litigators Tried to Sneak a Pet Earmark into Health Reform

As the full Senate debate over health care reform legislation finally gets under way following Saturday’s vote, Democratic leaders in Congress should continue fending off special-interest amendments that could be added to what promises to be an enormous piece of legislation. One such provision almost made it into a House committee’s bill earlier this year:…

No Quick Political Fixes

As someone who will be offering regular political analysis here at Progressive Fix, I thought I'd lay down some personal markers about the current political landscape and how progressives should think about their immediate and long-range objectives. There's quite a bit of "analysis" out there right now of very dubious value, particularly on the right…

Why Progressives Should Be More Open to Nuclear Energy

Download the full report. The international scientific consensus is clear: The Earth is warming, and humanity’s reliance on carbon-based energy sources is a significant factor. Scientists working under the auspices of the United Nations believe that unless global emissions are stabilized by 2030 and cut by at least half by 2050, the Earth’s temperature will…

Understanding the Threat from al Qaeda

At first glance, it seems like an obvious call: al Qaeda hasn’t attacked the U.S. in over eight years, so why endanger more American lives and spend billions to fend off a group that’s on the ropes? Or, even for many who believe al Qaeda continues to pose a threat, it’s hardly obvious why the…

The Morning After Health Care Reform: A Progressive Fiscal Wake-Up Call

Regardless of whether health care reform is ultimately signed into law — and momentum makes it increasingly likely, if far from certain — the historic passage of the House bill constitutes a remarkable legislative accomplishment. More than that, however, the bill would give millions of Americans health security. Under the status quo, the Congressional Budget Office…

The Class Action Fairness Act: Curbing Unfairness and Restoring Faith in our Judicial System

A rapidly growing number of class actions that are being filed in some of our state courts appear to be doing more harm than good. Under the current regime, most participants in those cases—not just the defendants—tend to be losers. The states whose courts have honorably decided not to play class action games are, contrary…