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Practical Progress: Popping a CAP Into Wall Street-Backed Third Way…GLAAD Tidings For Xmas…

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POPPING A CAP INTO WALL STREET-BACKED THIRD WAY – Center for American Progress (CAP) President Neera Tanden slammed Third Way’s leaders recent attacks on economic populism: “[The progressive] vision is far from ‘fantasy-based blue-state populism.’ in fact, it’s budget-hawks whose arguments find support in fictional evidence.” Tanden joins a slew of progressive groups and advocates renouncing the ‘centrist’ think tank after its leaders wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal instructing Democrats not to follow Warren “over the populist cliff” by supporting a bill to expand social security benefits.

Meanwhile MoveOn.org debuted “Isn’t Enough,” a new ad detailing the reasons Congress should increase funding for Social Security. Progressive Change Campaign Committee joined MoveOn.Org supporters and Social Security recipients last Wednesday in Washington to deliver a 125,000 signature petition renouncing Third Way’s attacks. CHECK OUT a recent feature on Progressive Change Campaign Committee’s pro-Warren efforts HERE.

Yesterday CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker testified on the importance of Social Security. READ the transcript and WATCH footage HERE.

GLAAD TIDINGS FOR XMAS – GLAAD launched “Our Holiday Wish,” a campaign encouraging same-sex families to send holiday cards and photos to governors of the 34 states that have yet to legalize gay marriage. Participants can choose to snail mail, e-mail, or tweet their messages. GLAAD National Spokesperson Wilson Cruz: “This holiday season, our only wish is that lawmakers will support the equality of all loving families.” TWEET #OnlyWish and LEARN moreHERE.

FAMILY ACT GAINS MOMENTUM – Center for American Progress (CAP) President Neera Tanden applauded the Family and Medical Insurance (FAMILY) Act, introduced last week by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT): “The FAMILY Act will ensure that no one has to choose between a critical day’s pay and caring for a loved one, and that men and women have an equal shot at achieving economic security.” The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 currently ensures 12 weeks of unpaid family leave, meaning that a majority of workers legally qualify for time off but cannot afford it. Currently only 12 percent of US workers recieve paid leave — the FAMILY Act would provide it for all.

The Center for American Progress (CAP) released multiple reports and issue briefs on the FAMILY Act. READ: “The FAMILY Act: Facts and Frequently Asked Questions, “The Economic Benefits of Family and Medical Leave Insurance,” and “Job Protection Isn’t Enough: Why Americans Need Paid Parental Leave,” co-authored by CEPR Senior Economist and Top Wonk John Schmitt and CAP Senior Economist and Top Wonk Heather Boushey.

JOIN ULTRAVIOLET’S ENROLL-A-THON – This Monday is the last day to sign up for Affordable Care Act coverage that starts on January 1. UltraViolet has launched an Enroll-A-Thon to get the word out for as many people to enroll before the deadline as possible. PLEDGE to help spread the word HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE …

… COUNTDOWN: Brennan Center fellow and Top Wonk Ciara Torres-Spelliscy summarizes the year’s top 13 campaign finance stories.

… UP, UP, AND AWAY: Roubini Global Economics Co-Founder and Manager and Top Wonk Nouriel Roubini warnsabout the reemergence of international housing bubbles.

… CRYING CORPORATISM: Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow and Top Wonk Michael Konczal investigates the ideology behind the right wing’s hysteria surrounding “corporatism.”

Find out more at TopWonks.org.

ON OUR AGENDA … PP will return after the New Year … we wish you a HAPPY HOLIDAYS! … In the meanwhile check out all of our newsletters at PracticalProgress.org. Like what you see? Subscribe.

E-mail tips, news, and reactions to Hannah Hendler at hhendler@agendaproject.org.

 

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