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New Dem Dispatch: The View from the Vital Center
Idea of the Week: Making Work Pay For Men
For millions of poor women and their children, the great welfare reform experiment of the 1990s was a tremendous success -- inspiring a dramatic increase in work participation as well as a dramatic reduction in poverty. The next big step in ending poverty as we know it is to inspire and expect the same from men.

Idea of the Week: A Free Trade Agreement With Peru
Shaped by Reps. Charles Rangel and Sandy Levin, the Free Trade Agreement with Peru strikes a good balance between traditional market-opening measures and progressive social goals.

Idea of the Week: Building Coalitions To Deal With the Budget Crisis
To dramatize the budget crisis, and begin building an atmosphere for cross-partisan solutions, the Progressive Policy Institute has reached out to the conservative Heritage Foundation, the independent New America Foundation, and the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, to host a joint event tomorrow in Washington, co-chaired by Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Idea of the Week: Three Reforms For the Housing Market
In a new Progressive Policy Institute report, Paul Weinstein Jr. offers three immediate steps that could offer relief to struggling homeowners and help for new homebuyers, and for the housing market as a whole.

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