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Download Barely Making the Grade: Obama

  • Released January 14, 2010

Barely Making the Grade: Obama's First Year
By Sarah Anderson, Phyllis Bennis, Karen Dolan, John Feffer, Dedrick Muhammad, Daphne Wysham

After the first 100 days of the Obama administration, the Institute for Policy Studies introduced our Change Index to evaluate the policies and performance of the new president. Did the candidate who promised change deliver on his promises?

Download US Government and FTT

  • Released January 5, 2010

U.S. Government and Business Leaders on Financial Transactions Taxes
By Sarah Anderson

Financial transactions taxes, small levies on trades of stock, derivatives, and other financial instruments, have gained increased attention as leaders around the world seek ways to address financial volatility and pay for pressing needs, from domestic economic recovery to the global fights against poverty and climate change.


Download Battered by the Storm

  • Released December 7, 2009

Battered by the Storm: How the Safety Net Is Failing Americans and How to Fix It
By Deepak Bhargava, Timothy Casey, John Cavanagh, Karen Dolan, Peter Edelman, Barbara Ehrenreich, Sarita Gupta, Dedrick Muhammad, Diana Pearce, Steve Savner, Kevin Shih

Eleven of the nation’s leading experts on poverty have proposed a $400 billion emergency relief plan to create and save jobs for millions of Americans while also offering adequate resources to vital safety net programs.


Download U.S.-China BITs

  • Released December 7, 2009

U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty Negotiations
By Sarah Anderson

President Obama has announced plans to expedite bilateral investment treaty negotiations between the United States and China. Similar to the investment chapters of U.S. free trade agreements, BITs give foreign investors the right to bypass domestic courts and sue governments in international tribunals.

Download USB FY2010

  • Released November 18, 2009

A Unified Security Budget for the United States, FY 2010
By Miriam Pemberton

The Obama administration promised “a sweeping shift of priorities and resources in the national security arena.” The sixth yearly Report of the Task Force on a Unified Security Budget for the United States, FY 2010 finds that the promise of resource shifting has not yet been kept. The needle tracking the overall balance of spending on offense (military forces), defense (homeland security) and prevention (non-military foreign engagement) stayed stubbornly in place. In the FY 2010 request, like the one before it, 87% of the nation’s security resources were allocated to the tools of military force. This is true even excluding the appropriations for wars the country is currently fighting.

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