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The DOJ's AP Investigation

May 14, 2013 4:02 pm ET

The AP revealed yesterday that the Justice Department secretly obtained two months of reporter and editor phone records from 2012, likely as part of an investigation  into leaks around a counterterrorist operation in the Arabian Peninsula. While it's early in this story and we don't have all the facts, this case raises important questions about the balance between a free press and effective national security. For those interested in pushing back against partisan attacks while the rest of us grapple with the larger questions, here is language to guide you.

Weekend Prep: Jobs, Guns, Immigration

May 03, 2013 11:18 am ET

Lots to talk about on the Sunday shows as we head into the weekend: the April jobs report (165,000 jobs created and unemployment at 7.5%), the ongoing grind of the sequester, the NRA's annual convention and the new NRA president, and more falsehoods from immigration reform foes. We've got you covered.

"Pond Scum"

May 02, 2013 10:50 am ET

This week, senators who voted against requiring background checks for gun buyers have been in their home states to face their constituents -- including angry and upset voters in town hall meetings. New polls show that the backlash, in the form of plummeting approval ratings, runs even deeper. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) nailed the reason when he admitted that voting no made him less popular than "pond scum." Keep the heat on lawmakers for these shameful votes and hold them accountable.

Immigration: Eye On The Right

April 30, 2013 3:45 pm ET

Immigration reform is expected to heat up in the coming weeks. Here are talking points to push back on the key attacks, falsehoods, and myths peddled by right wing politicians and their media allies.

Weekend Prep: Immigration, Guns, Sequester

April 26, 2013 9:25 am ET

There's plenty to talk about as we look towards the Sunday shows, whether it's immigration reform in the wake of the Boston attacks, gun violence, the sequester, or Stephen Colbert poking fun at the pro-austerity crowd. Here's your prep guide.

Chaos In Boston

April 19, 2013 3:57 pm ET

Boston is under lockdown as law enforcement officials continue searching for the second suspected perpetrator of the Boston Marathon bombings. The suspects have been identified as two young men of alleged Chechen background. With the American people following the chaos in Boston and leaders in Washington discussing the potential impact on immigration reform, here are some appropriate remarks heading into the weekend.

The Senate's Shame

April 18, 2013 12:05 pm ET

As the President said, yesterday was a shameful day in Washington when a handful of senators voted to temporarily block legislation to require criminal background checks for commercial gun sales -- an overwhelmingly popular and common sense idea backed by 90% of the American people, including the senators' own constituents. Define their votes and the call to action.

Fit To Lead

April 17, 2013 2:18 pm ET

The Senate will soon vote on legislation to prevent gun violence, starting with a bipartisan amendment by Senators Manchin and Toomey to close loopholes that allow criminals to buy guns online and at gun shows without a background check. Despite support for background checks from 90% of Americans, including their own constituents and our law enforcement (contrary to NRA lobbyists' claims), some Senators keep looking for any false excuse to oppose the plan. Boldly frame their opposition.

Big Week Ahead

April 08, 2013 8:39 am ET

With Congress coming back in session today, we've got a big week ahead. Here are resources on the key issues on the lawmakers' agenda and responses to top attacks heard over the weekend: guns, immigration, and the budget, as well as Keystone XL and the sequester.

No Controversy...Except In Congress

March 29, 2013 9:46 am ET

Marking over 100 days since the Newtown massacre, the President called on Congress yesterday to pass new laws to reduce gun violence -- proposals like a background check for every gun sale (check out this new UNRA ad) and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, like those Adam Lanza used to kill 26 people in less than five minutes. These plans are hugely popular with the American public, gun owners and even NRA members, but some lawmakers are still trying to generate controversy.

Newtown Was 3 Months Ago Today

March 14, 2013 9:09 am ET

The Newtown children were killed three months ago today. While some Congressional leaders are making progress on legislation to prevent gun violence, politicians answering to the gun lobby are actively trying to stop it. Compel them to consult their consciences.

Why Background Checks Protect Gun Owners

March 07, 2013 4:29 pm ET

According to a new study, the states with the fewest gun-related deaths also have the most gun violence prevention laws -- policies like a hugely popular nation-wide proposal pending in Congress to require a background check for every gun sale. A key piece in closing the private sale loophole -- documenting the sale and background check with the sales receipt that stays with the seller instead of the government -- is necessary to protect law-abiding gun owners, but NRA lobbyists are still opposing it.

A Background Check For Every Gun Sale

February 22, 2013 1:58 pm ET

Americans are joining together to call for gun violence prevention laws -- like bipartisan legislation to close the private sale loophole, which allows criminals to evade the background check system if they get the gun from a private seller. Here's how to explain why there's no good reason to oppose the idea -- and isolate the politicians in Congress who oppose it anyway.

They Deserve A Vote

February 14, 2013 10:06 am ET

Today is the two month anniversary of the Newtown massacre. For the Newtown families, the victims of all the shootings before it and the 1,793 Americans gunned down after it, there's a simple message for the lawmakers in Congress who are balking at common sense laws to reduce gun violence: they deserve a vote.

Prep Guide: State Of The Union

February 12, 2013 3:46 pm ET

Tonight is the President's State Of The Union address. As you react on air or on Twitter, here's what you need: polling, key facts, and messaging on why progressive positions on the major issues reflect core American values, earn broad public support, and promote economic growth.

The World's Eyes On NRA Lobbyists

February 11, 2013 5:44 pm ET

While efforts to reduce gun violence in the U.S. move forward, the international community is watching closely to see if NRA lobbyists once again seek to derail the Arms Trade Treaty when the U.N. negotiations resume next month. Here's how to talk about the Treaty and hold its opponents accountable.

Weekend Prep: Citizenship, Guns, Sequester

February 08, 2013 1:18 pm ET

It's been a full week with LOTS to discuss this weekend, from gun violence and immigration to the "sequestration" and taxes. Don't worry -- we've got you covered. Check out these one-pagers.

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