democracy is a work in progress
Problems, Progress, Leaders2020-03-28T14:14:14-05:00
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Resources

The following are some of the best available sources of information on coronavirus that we’ve found so far. Stay informed.

CDC Coronavirus 2019: Identifies need-to-know information on symptoms and testing, what to do if you are in the high risk population, how to prepare, and additional resources.

IHME COVID-19 Projections: The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has a state-by-state analysis of COVID-19 projections, including an assessment of hospital resources needed to cope with anticipated cases.

CDC Promised Free Testing

On March 12, Rep. Katie Porter convinced CDC Director Robert Redfield to commit to use his authority to make coronavirus testing free. Watch this video to see an American leader in action. As of March 23, however, Director Redfield has not delivered on his promise.

Welcome to The American Leader! We offer a new kind of journalism that goes beyond the endless conflicts and debates and focuses instead on what Americans do so well – solve problems. Often hidden beneath the surface of the 24/7 stream of headlines and attention seekers is a deep bench of American leaders who are attempting bold or innovative ideas to solve the systemic problems that shape our lives.  We hope you’ll learn from them, get inspired, and do something in your own way that makes life a little better for your community.

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“You do the math. You solve one problem, then you solve the next one and then the next and if you solve enough problems you get to come home.”
Matt Damon, as Mark Watney from the film The Martian
Problem Briefs

Storylines are the backdrop on which today’s headlines play out. They are the threads that weave through the political and social battles of the day, often driving strategies for control of the narrative and for influencing public opinion. Whether they are embraced or rejected by prevailing sentiments, the storylines persist as long as we retain faith in the nation’s democratic ideals. It is the ongoing saga of American history that we strive to be better than we are, and that we remember to put our loyalty to the institutions of our democracy ahead of our loyalty to political party or celebrity.

It is why democracy is always a work in progress, and why it is vital that we all remain informed and engaged shareholders in our American experiment. We are our democracy’s citizen CEOs. Tomorrow’s storylines are not yet written; only we control where they go from today forward.

Screenshot of storyline timeline

Our Focus

The American Leader will be an oasis, a respite from the 24/7 stream of news, information, and media manipulation that casts the world and its problems in a seemingly endless battle of us-against-them. Our goal is simply to focus on the problems that threaten Americans and their communities, and the people who are acting to bring about solutions through government policies and business activities. Like noise-cancelling headphones, we’ll eliminate the distortions, distractions, evasions, and obfuscations of the news cycle to focus on progress towards problem-solving.

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