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In honor of Mothers Day, Save the Children has released a report on the State of the World's Mothers 2007, which highlights the horrors of over 10.1 million children dying worldwide before age 5, but also finds that the United States ranks only 26th in the world in taking care of mothers' and children's health and other needs, given that the U.S. has the second highest infant mortality rate in the developed world and its failure to provide for paid maternity leave and other care for families.

In a memo analyzing public opinion, Al Quinlan, Stan Greenberg, and the Center for American Progress's John Podesta highlight key messaging needed to promote energy independence and cutting global warming, including inspirational vision, energy self-sufficiency for America, and a strong vision of how alternative energy can restore American leadership in the world.

The Urban Institute released a report on how well-designed tax policy can help promote a better energy policy, by encouraging consumers themselves to choose more energy-efficient vehicles and appliances, while promoting investments in new technologies.

Despite projections by "free trade" supporters, China's entry into the World Trade Organization has not cut the U.S. trade deficit with China-- and the result, according to the Economic Policy Institute, is the displacement of over 2 million U.S. jobs since 1997.  The report highlights each state's jobs lost from trade with China.

Highlighting wasteful corporate subsidies given out through New York's Industrial Development Agencies, a report by New York's Jobs With Justice argues that hundreds of millions in IDA tax breaks undermine local government investments in education, infrastructure that would be better uses of public money to create a strong business climate.  The report proposes broad reforms to strengthen the job creation potential of these economic development tools.

Latino immigrant children are ill-served by foster care systems, as the Urban Institute highlights in three new policy briefs, which detail that immigrant children are less likely to be placed with relatives than U.S.-born children and have less federal funds available to help them.