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Democracy is under attack at home and abroad. We must take swift action to ensure it is accessible to all, accountable, and can serve as a force of good.
All Americans must have trust in elections and election results. All Americans also must have unimpeded access to the ballot box. That is why national voting standards are so important, along with laws that would protect against interference with valid election results.
Disinformation, whether about COVID-19 or elections, undermines Americans’ safety and threatens our democracy. We seek to define the government’s role in combating it, give recommendations to online platforms to stem its spread, and support robust local media that can counter its worst effects.
Americans’ lives are increasingly reliant on online services and affected by their economic, consumer, and civic harms. A robust regulatory framework, paired with new privacy protections and reinvigorated antitrust action, is needed to address the threats these services pose.
Countering insurgent threats is critical to maintaining our democracy. As part of this work, we have crafted a national blueprint with the McCain Institute to end white supremacist violence. Our plan draws on expertise across CAP and from more than 150 conversations with a diverse range of stakeholders.
Gerrymandering shifted an average of 59 seats in the U.S. House from 2012 to 2016.
Source: CAP, “Voter-Determined Districts” (2019).
42 senators, representing only about 1/10 of the U.S. population, can filibuster popular bills.
Source: CAP, “The Impact of the Filibuster on Federal Policymaking” (2019).
The U.S. population has grown by about 30% since the federal bench’s last meaningful expansion.
Source: CAP, “It Is Past Time for Congress To Expand the Lower Courts” (2021).
81% of voters believe tech companies have too much power and influence over politics and government.
Source: CAP Action, “Voters Support Enacting Stronger Consumer Protections Online” (2021).
Nov 5, 2021
Tobias Harris
Nov 4, 2021
Tobias Harris, Levi McLaughlin
Nov 4, 2021
Trevor Sutton
Nov 3, 2021
Justin Schweitzer, Kyle Ross
Given political considerations in the United States and South Korea, a diplomatic approach with North Korea is likely unsustainable in the long term.
Nov 3, 2021
Tobias Harris, Abigail Bard, Haneul Lee

Remittances from immigrants, including TPS holders, are an organic and powerful resource that provide people living in the Central American region direct access to basic needs and even economic stability.
Oct 28, 2021
Silva Mathema, Joel Martinez

The Senate must elevate saving democracy over the arcane Senate filibuster rules, which have been amended many times before.
Oct 25, 2021
Michael Sozan
While not providing permanent protections, including immigration parole in reconciliation would allow up to 7.1 million undocumented immigrants to gain long-term temporary status while satisfying the objections of the Senate parliamentarian.
Oct 12, 2021
Philip E. Wolgin, Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, Claudia Flores
As litigation continues over efforts to address climate change, it is critical that America’s federal courts include judges with professional expertise advancing climate protection policies.
Oct 7, 2021
Maggie Jo Buchanan
To meaningfully improve the health of Americans, new policies must target all of the drivers of health, including education, economic stability, neighborhoods and environments, social and community well-being, and historic inequities.
Oct 7, 2021
Steven Woolf
The United States must focus on developing a positive vision for the future of its role in Africa rather than relying solely on criticizing China’s engagement on the continent.
Oct 5, 2021
Jordan Link
Far-reaching federal legislation would set national standards to combat many new state laws aimed at suppressing voters and sabotaging valid election results.
Oct 5, 2021
Danielle Root, Michael Sozan, Alex Tausanovitch
As the markets for digital assets such as cryptocurrencies grow, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other financial regulators must impose sensible regulations on digital assets to protect traders and investors.
Oct 4, 2021
Todd Phillips
Understanding China’s approach to climate is vital, particularly in the lead-up to COP26.
Sep 30, 2021
Laura Edwards
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Oct 5, 2021
Danielle Root, Michael Sozan, Alex Tausanovitch
Oct 7, 2021
Marina Zhavoronkova, Rose Khattar
Sep 30, 2021
Jenny Rowland-Shea, Zainab Mirza
Sep 21, 2021
Elyssa Spitzer, Nora Ellmann
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