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Center for American Progress

Left-wing "progressive" thinktank in Washington DC. Founded by former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta. Now a source of both ideas and people for the Obama administration.

They also support illegal immigration; per them, a "progressive" precept is opposition to xenophobia, and in their case that's manifested by supporting illegal activity. One of their senior fellows is part of the Mexican government's extended network. They also run the blog ThinkProgress, a juvenile site that specializes in gaffes, mockery, enforcing political correctness, and the like. That blog also refers to mainstream rightwing talk radio as "hate radio", and CAP released a study arguing for "localism" and opposing media consolidation, two things that would help drive rightwing talkers off the air. Both those are supported by Barack Obama.

Last modified Dec 4, 2008
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Americans for a Conservative Direction ad "Choices" misleads about immigration (Zuckerberg, Facebook) - 06/10/14

... U.S. [1] That figure was from a Center for American Progress study, and that thinktank is not exactly known for telling the truth and the whole truth. The study used a highly-flawed methodology to arrive at such a high cost. From a standpoint of sovereignty, if millions of foreign citizens live in a country and that country can't eject them (abiding by human rights norms), then that country has...

Center for American Progress corporate funders and immigration - 12/14/13

The leftwing Center for American Progress has released a list of their corporate funders for 2013 [1]. Several of the funders have a financial interest in higher immigration and in comprehensive immigration reform. Those corporations could be providing funding CAP for reasons other than immigration, and it's doubtful that, say, WalMart giving CAP money would cause them to be even worse on...

Will ThinkProgress admit mass immigration led to lower unionization and lower wages? (Bryce Covert) - 06/11/13

... from anything coming out of the Center for American Progress, Covert fails to note the role that massive immigration - especially of the illegal variety - played in the decline of unionization and the decline in wages. Covert writes [2]: Corporate profits have soared in recent decades, while wages for the average worker have not fared nearly as well. A new study sheds some light on why that is...

What "Young Invincibles" dare not tell you (youth joblessness, Campaign for Young America, Rory O’Sullivan, Alistair Johnston) - 07/10/12

... Campus Progress (part of the Center for American Progress), Center for Community Change, Demos, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (Leadership Conference on Civil Rights), Service Employees International Union, and Voto Latino. In Illinois, one of their state partners is the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium. They have several other partners that are merely...

Sarah Jane Glynn of CAP hypes amnesty using studies from Cato, Bush, and the Fed - 07/09/12

... studies from the progressive Center for American Progress ("CAP"). Now, Sarah Jane Glynn of CAP hypes amnesty using studies from the George W Bush-era Whitehouse, an odious libertarian from the Cato Institute (which is linked to the Koch family), and the Federal Reserve. The events are unrelated, but they illustrate yet again that when it comes to immigration there isn't much difference between...

The Top 10 Things You Should Know About New Mexico's Demographic Changes and Immigration Politics - 06/04/12

... original location here at the Center for American Progress) In advance of New Mexico's Republican primary tomorrow, here are 10 important facts about immigrants and White people in the state that display their significant economic, cultural, and electoral power. 1. White communities are driving population growth in New Mexico. The White share of New Mexico’s population grew from just over 38...

Center for American Progress unwittingly admits attrition works (Leah Muse-Orlinoff, immigration, self deport) - 02/22/12

The Center for American Progress has released a study in which they attempt to claim that immigration attrition (see the link) doesn't work. What they do instead is unwittingly admit that it does work, it just needs to be nationwide. Leah Muse-Orlinoff [1] offers "Staying Put but Still in the Shadows: Undocumented Immigrants Remain in the Country Despite Strict Laws" [1]: With more than 11...

Two examples of conservative failure (CPAC, rap, Crowder, Reynolds, V. Jackson) - 02/11/12

... Post huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/10/cpac-2012-rap_n_1268571.html RawStory rawstory.com/rs/2012/02/10/ awkward-fox-news-contributor-debuts-rap-video-at-cpac A Center for American Progress group campusprogress.org/articles/ the_weirdest_thing_to_emerge_from_cpac_this_week_video

Dozens of pro-illegal immigration groups were invited to Obama's mini-amnesty rollout and you weren't - 08/25/11

... immigration: MAJOR/NOTEWORTHY: * Center for American Progress: Angela Kelley, Marshall Fitz, Winnie Stachelberg * National Council of La Raza: Clarissa Martinez, Laura Vazqeuz * Frank Sharry of America's Voice (with Adam Luna and Lynn Tramonte) * MALDEF: Thomas Saenz, Jim Ferg Cadima * League of United Latin American Citizens: Brent Wilkes * National Immigration Law Center: Marielena Hincapie,...

Why "Contract for the American Dream" is a sham (Van Jones, MoveOn, Rebuild the Dream) - 08/10/11

... Future, Planned Parenthood, the Center for American Progress' Campus Progress, AFSCME, Brave New Foundation (Brave New Films), Sierra Club, Progressive States Network, Code Pink, Economic Policy Institute, DailyKos, People for the American Way, Center for Economic and Policy Research CEPR, and the Institute for Policy Studies. There are several more listed on their site. [2] Someone who's an...

CAP wants to run the U.S. and can't even make a workable website - 05/31/11

The Center for American Progress has redesigned their website, and it's far worse than what it was before. I don't usually comment on technical matters here, but there's a political angle: CAP is deeply linked into the Obama administration and they want to control policy. At the same time, they can't even put together a website that works. 1. Despite the new design and commenting system, their...

Obama meets with "stakeholders" for amnesty propaganda push ("immigration reform") - 04/19/11

... of Energy * John Podesta, CEO, Center for American Progress * Charles Ramsey, Chief of Police, City of Philadelphia/President, Major City Chiefs * Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network * Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook * Arnold Schwarzenegger, Former California Governor * Richard Trumka, AFL CIO * John Wester, Bishop, Archdiocese of Salt Lake City Administration officials who attended...

Rightwing wants to stoop to MMFA, CAP level (opposition research, SHOCK!, hypocrisy...) - 04/03/11

... Media Matters for America and the Center for American Progress. They certainly might have some short-lived success with it, especially due to Fox News no doubt retailing their reports. However, along the way they'll also negatively impact U.S. society almost as much as CAP, MMFA, and similar groups have. Thankfully, they won't be able to do as much damage to the U.S. as liberal "oppo" groups...

Rupert Murdoch testifies for amnesty, massive immigration (using two CAP studies) - 09/30/10

... from the leftwing, Obama-linked Center for American Progress. From this: News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch said he supports amnesty for “law abiding” illegal immigrants because as legal residents they can help the nation’s economy by adding to “our tax base.” He also said he supports securing the border to prevent more illegal immigrants from entering the United States. Most illegal aliens are...

ICE goes easy on both illegal aliens and their employers ("silent raids", audits) - 09/03/10

... also quotes Angela Kelley of the Center for American Progress: "You have this drip, drip, drip of I-9 enforcement audits all over the country, and it has the same effect - people don’t come to work the next day." Those she's referring to aren't supposed to be here in the first place; she's on their side and not on the side of American workers.

"Moms for Family Unity" shows far-left will oppose future immigration enforcement (CAP, America's Voice, RI4A) - 08/03/10

... movie and those involved are the Center for American Progress, Frank Sharry's America's Voice, and the Reform Immigration for America coalition. Those who might be tempted to support the effort should wonder at what point those groups would ever support enforcement. If they won't support enforcement now, what guarantee do we have that they'd support enforcement after comprehensive immigration...

Luis Gutierrez' CIR ASAP amnesty has 100+ co-sponsors (Honda, Polis, Weiner, Serrano) - 06/24/10

... Campus Progress (part of the Center for American Progress); and the quite far-left Casa de Maryland. And: (Rep. Mike Honda), standing next to a young girl, asked the room if it was right to deny her the American Dream because, although a citizen herself, her parents are not. Polis addressed the fear that comes with uncertain status. "Kids come home not knowing if their parents will be in...

Obama wants $500 million to send National Guard to secure the border (prelude to amnesty) - 05/25/10

... Crowley was formerly with the Center for American Progress. And, from this: President Barack Obama's Democratic allies in the Senate have repelled a move by presidential rival John McCain to send an additional 6,000 National Guard troops to the U.S-Mexico border... The Arizona Republican says the security situation along the order has deteriorated so badly that 3,000 guard troops are needed...

UCLA CAP IPC deceptive study: immigration reform would increase GDP by $1.5 trillion over 10 years - 01/07/10

Earlier today, the Center for American Progress, the Immigration Policy Center, and professor Raul Hinojosa Ojeda of the University of California at Los Angeles released a study making the deceptive and fantastical claim that legalizing all illegal aliens would increase Gross Domestic Product by $1.5 trillion over 10 years. Exactly how deceptive the study is remains to be seen, once professional...

PJTV clueless about asking tough questions (CEI, Climategate) - 11/30/09

... Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, the Center for American Progress have to say about the growing Climategate scandal?" (pjtv.com/v/2770). Rushing posthaste to watch it - but not to give PJTV any money - I was to a small extent expecting them to actually attempt to make the aforementioned groups look bad by asking them tough questions. Instead, it was the intellectual equivalent of a boxing match...

Janet Napolitano falsely says she needs immigration "reform" to do her job; says border more secure; sounds like Chertoff - 11/13/09

Speaking at the Center for American Progress earlier today (prepared remarks: www.dhs.gov/ynews/speeches/sp_1258123461050.shtm NYT article: link full video: americanprogress.org/events/2009/11/Napolitano.html), Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano said that she needs comprehensive immigration reform (downsides at the link) to do her job and that such "reform" (aka amnesty)...

Ask Janet Napolitano questions in Washington DC: Friday, November 13, 2009 - 11/09/09

... Security will be speaking at the Center for American Progress, and there might be some form of question and answer session. If you're in Washington DC and can go there and ask her one of my questions - or a tough question you can provide - I urge you to do so. If you do get to ask the question, please at least write down her response or even better get it on video.

"Enough is Enough!" anti-Lou Dobbs campaign from Democracia Ahora (DNC link, Obama too?; Bendixen) - 09/18/09

... director for the Americas Project at Center for American Progress), and Reps. Raul Grijalva and Lucille Roybal Allard. And: Communications for "Enough is Enough!" are being handled by another Miami-based firm, Balsera Communications, which is run by Freddy Balsera, who coordinated Hispanic media for the Obama campaign and is co-chair of the Democratic National Committee’s National Hispanic...

Van Jones re-hired by Obama-linked Center for American Progress (UPDATE: maybe not) - 09/09/09

... the Obama administration-linked Center for American Progress (link). He had previously been a senior fellow there, and now he's back. That link also points out that CAP hired Louis Caldera, the administration official who ordered (or who just took the heat for) the New York City flyover by Air Force One. UPDATE: Now, Ben Smith of the Politico says (politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0909/...

SPLC smears Steve Levy in quest to support illegal activity (Suffolk County, Long Island; CAP) - 09/02/09

... this project. Thanks also to the Center for American Progress. Hagedorn was started by the founder of Miracle Gro, but more importantly it would be interestiing to know what role the Obama administration-linked CAP played in the report.

Napolitano immigration meeting: you weren't represented (vast # of loose borders groups, Obama/Janet anti-287g) - 08/20/09

Earlier today, Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security held a closed-door meeting with a group of what she calls "stakeholders" (dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1250792978709.shtm) but was actually a vast pantheon (see below) of far-left, racial power, corrupt business, and in general loose borders groups all of which want some form of comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty....

George Soros gives $5 million to push Obamacare (HCAN, NCLR, ACORN, SEIU, etc...) - 08/11/09

... Campaign for Americas Future * Center for American Progress Action Fund * Campaign for Community Change (part of Center for Community Change) * MoveOn.org * NAACP * National Council of La Raza * National Education Association * Service Employees International Union * United Food and Commercial Workers(UFCW) Other members include: League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), National...

CAP promotes benefits of states, politicians profiting from illegal immigration (Census, Andrea Nill) - 08/10/09

Andrea Nill of the Center for American Progress offers "Why Counting Undocumented Immigrants In The 2010 Census Counts For A Lot" (wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2009/08/10/immigration-census-bureau), a through-the-looking-glass post listing all the wonderful ways that states and localities can make out like bandits from counting illegal aliens in the Census and using their population in apportioning...

David Cutler of Harvard keeps lying about who's covered under universal healthcare (Melinda Beeuwkes Buntin, CAP) - 06/24/09

... Care System" (published by the Center for American Progress, americanprogress.org/issues/2009/06/2trillion_solution.html). It contains a major lie, and one that Cutler has engaged in before: The fundamental challenge in health reform is to reduce the growth rate of health care costs. If annual cost increases can be lowered, then workers’ incomes will increase, labor market distortions will...

Casey Sanchez/SPLC, Frank Sharry, Andrea Nill/CAP smear FAIR over non-existent connection (Dave Bennion) - 06/17/09

From a FAIR press release (link): The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has launched its most irresponsible attack to date against the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). The SPLC claims that Shawna Forde, the alleged killer of a little girl and her father during an Arizona home invasion, had ties to FAIR. Although no association exists -- or ever has -- between Ms. Forde and FAIR...

Why is John Podesta of CAP willing to hurt American nurses and teachers? - 06/04/09

Angela Kelley of the Center for American Progress quotes her boss (americanprogress.org/issues/2009/06/no_delay.html): The question that remains is whether there is the political will, especially in tough economic times, to move a reform package. Yet as (John Podesta) stated at yesterday's event, "we need solutions that restore the rule of law while aiding our economy by making taxpayers of all...

"Reform Immigration For America": business, labor, CAP, NCLR, CHIRLA begin new push; summit, townhall meeting; John Quigley - 06/01/09

A new group called "Reform Immigration For America" recently launched in order to push for comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty. They're a coalition of business, labor, and far-left/racial power groups; see their slick site here: reformimmigrationforamerica.org. A surprising variety of amnesty hacks this side of raving extremist (or thereabouts) is involved with their organization; see [...

Angela Kelley/CAP, Gary Langer/ABC News admit: immigration "reform" is amnesty - 05/12/09

... did with Angela Kelley of the Center for American Progress. Referring to the recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, she says (americanprogress.org/issues/2009/05/immigration_friends.html): In fact, in the poll a majority of Democrats, Republicans, Independents, moderates, and conservatives supported an Amnesty Program. "Seven in 10 liberals and 68 percent of Democrats support an amnesty program....

Obama immigration budget: does a McCain: border security, then amnesty; fulfills promise to Mexican government; worried about *southbound* flows - 05/06/09

... for immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, a Washington-based think tank. ..."It's a no-brainer that he is going to want to spend a lot of resources and build muscle at the border," she said... [But, the] second chapter better be looking to Congress and being in the driver's seat, both publicly and behind closed doors, driving a legislative package successfully."

Immigration Policy Center absurd study claims immigration "reform" would help economy - 04/14/09

The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) - part of the American Immigration Lawyers Association-linked American Immigration Law Foundation - has released a new, canard-rich study called "What Immigration Reform Could Mean for the U.S. Economy" (immigrationpolicy.org/index.php?content=fc011309): 1. They claim that the 2006 and 2007 comprehensive immigration reform bills would have paid for themselves....

ThinkProgress now openly acting like White House PR department - 04/13/09

... blog run by the Obama-linked Center for American Progress - has, of course, been strongly pro-Obama since he won the election. However, the post "Obama: Stimulus transportation projects ‘under budget,’ ‘ahead of schedule’" [1] by Faiz Shakir is more like a press release or something you might find on Page D-8 of an 70s-era copy of Pravda or in 1984: Today, President Obama and Vice President...

Letter to Senate shows Harold Koh's disinterest in U.S. sovereignty (John Fonte) - 04/09/09

... the 44th President" from the Center for American Progress.

Dear Center for American Progress: do you support getting jobs for Fresno's homeless? - 03/26/09

An open letter to the Center for American Progress: Your Matt Yglesias drew my attention (link) to the New York Times article "Cities Deal With a Surge in Shantytowns" (link) about a rise in homeless people living under bridges in Fresno, California. I have an effective way to ease their plight and I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know whether you'll help promote the idea. In my plan,...

Quiz: can the Center for American Progress fool you into thinking you're "progressive"? - 03/12/09

The always-entertaining Center for American Progress - aka "the think tank that can't think straight" - keeps trying to make people think they're "progressive" when many people would run with horror after finding out what CAP really supports. Their latest effort is a fun online quiz: americanprogress.org/issues/2009/03/progressive_quiz.html While the "World's Smallest Political Quiz" (hint:...

ThinkProgress lies for Obama (Cliff Kincaid on knowing where Obama was born) - 02/28/09

... run by the Barack Obama-linked Center for American Progress then lied about what he said, uploading a video with that quote under the false title "Cliff Kincaid Says President Obama Not Born in US" (link). Obviously, saying we don't know where Obama was really born and saying that he wasn't born in the U.S. are too very different things. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise: both...