Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer is a coup for hip-hop as a whole

Kendrick Lamar has won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his 2017 album DAMN., the organization announced Monday. It is the first time in the roughly 40-year history of hip-hop that the Pulitzer committee has recognized anyone from that essentially African-American cultural contribution, which…

Echoes of Katrina: Post-Hurricane Maria Public Health Threats and Trauma

2017 saw unprecedented weather in the United States. The country grappled with three catastrophic Category 4 tropical cyclones—including hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria—which together cost $265 billion. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were hit particularly hard by the one-two punch of hurricanes Irma…

New study reveals just how little Uber drivers make

2017 was a rough year for Uber. The ride-sharing giant was embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal. Its CEO resigned. It admitted to underpaying its drivers in New York City, was fined $20 million for making false promises to its drivers, and was banned from one of…

The March 5 DACA deadline is here

In September 2017, the Trump White House rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, an Obama-era executive action on immigration that granted temporary deportation relief and work authorization to certain undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children. The administration set in…

Broken Promises: More Special Interest Breaks and Loopholes Under the New Tax Law

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was introduced on November 2, 2017, rushed through Congress on a partisan basis, and signed by President Donald Trump just seven weeks later. No hearings were held on the actual bill and experts who could have helped ensure…

Five Pillars of an Enduring U.S.-India Partnership

In 2017, the Center for American Progress convened a task force of experts from the United States and India to ensure continuing strong relations between the world’s two largest democracies. Its mission is to chart a shared agenda and advocate for that agenda in Washington…

Where Americans see a deadly tragedy, Trump sees an opportunity to score political points

Since Donald Trump took office in January of 2017, it has been a year of disasters. Three massive hurricanes ravaged the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean. Mass shootings at a concert in Las Vegas and a church in Texas were among the deadliest in modern…

Trump’s Budget Reveals that He Wants Everyday Americans to Pay for His Tax Cuts for the Wealthy

In December 2017, President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress enacted legislation providing large tax cuts overwhelmingly weighted to corporations and the wealthy. By draining federal revenue, the tax bill will increase deficits by an estimated $1.5 trillion over 10 years. Congressional Republicans have been…

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