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Social Policy & Politics Program

Advancing moderate politics and social policy

Bill Rapp

The Virtual Loophole

Why do we need to expand the Brady Background Check system for gun sales? Because 20 years ago there was no Armslist.com. Read our Virtual Loophole report. | GRAPHICS

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    Online Gun Sales
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    Millennials
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    ACA Contraception Challenge
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    Religious Liberty

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An Election Democrats Can Win

Square_thumb by Bill Schneider Obamacare vs. Ryanomics. That's the battle line for 2014. It's a battle Democrats can win. Why? Because most Americans are pragmatists. Pragmatists believe that whatever works is right, and it looks like Obamacare might just work. More ►

What Are Our Teachers Learning?

Square_thumb by Lanae Erickson Hatalsky Why aren't American students even in the competition for global academic gold? Maybe we should take a closer look at our teacher preparation. As students have languished further behind, we've done almost nothing to ensure today’s teachers will get the training they need to better reach students in the classroom. More ►

The first woman president is not about the past

Square_thumb by Bill Schneider Want to know the latest meme in U.S. politics? Here it is: Hillary Clinton is a candidate of the past. But the first woman president of the United States is not about the past. It’s about the New America coalition that Obama brought to power, and what holds it together is a commitment to diversity and inclusion. 64% of Americans (and 82% of Democrats) say they would like to see Clinton run for president. What percentage of Republicans would like to see her run? Zero. More ►

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Lanae Erickson Hatalsky

Director of the Social Policy & Politics Program

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Michelle Diggles, Ph. D

Senior Political Analyst, Social Policy & Politics Program

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Sarah Trumble

Policy Counsel, Social Policy & Politics Program

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Tamara Hiler

Fellow, Social Policy & Politics Program

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