Center for American Progress

That’s the name for Podesta’s new liberal think tank, which basically opens today. I don’t particularly love the name, but I suppose it’s not too bad–after all, who can be against “American Progress.” More interestingly, they are supposed to announce their first nine fellows today, so assuming some of them are economists, I’ll update when the list is released. In the meantime, there are already some columns, a mission statement, and some reports.

Hopefully, this institute will involve substantially less hackery and fraud (e.g., Lott and Murray–see Murray shredded in Slate and by Nobel Prize winning economist Jim Heckman here.) than its right wing counterpart, AEI.