STATEMENT: Concealed Carry Legislation Marks a Disgraceful Moment in U.S. History, says CAP’s Neera Tanden

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, a bill that would dramatically weaken state gun safety laws by overriding existing state laws regarding who may carry loaded, concealed guns in the community and forcing states to allow individuals to carry guns who are not qualified to do so under their own laws. Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement ...

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STATEMENT: CAP’s Chelsea Parsons Responds to Bipartisan Bill Strengthening Firearm Background Check System

Washington, D.C. — Today, a bipartisan group of senators led by Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced a bill to strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) by helping to ensure that people who are prohibited from buying and possessing guns under federal law are not able to slip through the cracks. Chelsea Parsons, vice president of Guns and Crime Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement app...

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Do Progressives Take Communities of Color for Granted?

In this special collaboration with “In The Thick,” Michele and Igor are joined by Maria Hinojosa, president of the Futuro Media Group and host of NPR’s Latino USA, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Futuro’s digital media director and founder of Latino Rebels. They discuss Sunday’s mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the killer’s troubling past. Then they explore biases in the progressive community and in the media, as well as offer ideas on how to fix it.

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RELEASE: Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Says He Has a Few Expletives for Jeff Sessions

New York, NY — In an interview with Center for American Progress’ podcast, “Thinking CAP,” former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. says he has a few choice words for current U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Holder said:

There’s a lot that I say that I’m not going to say here with you today. But there are a few expletive, deleted kinds of things that I react to, but its also a very disheartening thing to see that progress that we were making. … During the Obama adm...

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Harvey Weinstein, Rocket Man, and the NRA

Hollywood producer Scott Budnick tells Michele and Igor what he really thinks about the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal. Then, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) joins Michele and Igor to digest President Donald Trump’s intention to decertify the Iran deal this week and to respond to the mass shooting last week in Las Vegas. Murphy says members of Congress who are unwilling to act to pass legislation are complicit in gun-related deaths in this country.

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Myth vs. Fact: Debunking the Gun Lobby’s Favorite Talking Points

The gun lobby, led by the National Rifle Association (NRA), pursues a number of different policies in state legislatures across the country and in Congress, including eliminating permit requirements for concealed carry; expanding locations where guns may be carried; weakening regulation of the gun industry; and overriding duly enacted state laws that limit gun carrying. While each of these policies have different elements, all are united by a core set of dangerous and misleading arguments ...

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RELEASE: In Wide-Ranging Interview With Thinking CAP Podcast, Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton Talks Facebook Accountability, Black Women Voters and the NRA’s Influence

To request a transcript, please contact Sally Tucker at sstucker@americanprogress.org 

Washington D.C. — In a wide ranging interview with Thinking CAP—a podcast from the Center for American Progress—Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls for more transparency and accountability from Facebook after Russian operatives used ads on the social media platform to influence the 2016 presidential campaign. Clinton said:

We need even more disclosure and all the p...

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RELEASE: In First Public Comments Since Las Vegas Mass Shooting, Secretary Hillary Clinton tells “Thinking CAP” Podcast the GOP Lawmakers and the NRA Are Complicit in Epidemic of American Gun Violence

To request a transcript, please contact Sally Tucker at sstucker@americanprogress.org 

Washington D.C. — Following the tragic news this morning out of Las Vegas—where reportedly more than 58 people were killed and 500 people were injured in the deadliest mass shooting yet in the United States— Michele Jawando and Igor Volsky, co-hosts of Center for American Progress’ Thinking CAP podcast sat down with former U.S. Secretary of State Hi...

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STATEMENT: CAP President and CEO Neera Tanden on Las Vegas Concert Shooting

Washington, D.C. – Center for American Progress President and CEO Neera Tanden issued the following response on the mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada:

Last night’s shooting attack in Las Vegas has now become the deadliest mass shooting in recent American history, taking the lives of more than 50 people and wounding hundreds more—people who were doing nothing more than enjoying a night of music and dancing. Our immediate thoughts are with the victims, t...

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STATEMENT: CAP’s Chelsea Parsons on House Committee Vote to Deregulate Gun Silencers

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources voted to pass the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, a law that includes a dangerous provision aimed at deregulating firearm silencers. Chelsea Parsons, vice president of Guns and Crime Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement in response:

The National Rifle Association has successfully hijacked a bill intended to address issues...

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