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Health Care Priorities

May 16, 2013 3:27 pm ET

House Republicans are voting today for the 37th time to repeal the health care law -- despite the slowdown in growth of health care costs and nonpartisan findings that fully repealing Obamacare would mean many people paying more for health insurance (see Congressional Budget Office report). Here's how to talk about what Congress should be doing instead: implementing the health care law and building on its successes with more solutions to save us more money and improve the quality of our care.

Immigrants: Makers, Not Takers

May 09, 2013 5:37 pm ET

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee began marking up the immigration reform bill with amendments as opponents continue to push a discredited Heritage Foundation report -- which has even been slammed by conservatives for assuming that immigrants on the road to citizenship will always be poor and dependent on government benefits while ignoring their contributions to economic growth. A co-author of the report is also taking heat for his past comments that Hispanic immigrants may never "reach IQ parity with whites." Here's how to bolster the economic-based pushback with values-based language.

One Hand Tied Behind Our Back

May 07, 2013 3:28 pm ET

Consistent with other reports warning that austerity is hindering the recovery, a new Brookings study shows that more than 2 million Americans might have jobs today if not for politicians pushing for cuts instead of jobs to keep our teachers and firefighters working instead of looking for work. Here's how to talk about it and the sequester in the context of last month's jobs report. (Also, scroll down for an Attack & Response on the House GOP's so-called "Working Families Flexibility Act.")

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.

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.

Shame On The Sequester

April 29, 2013 3:29 pm ET

Just before flying back to their home districts for the Congressional recess, lawmakers passed a bill to ease the airport delays resulting from the sequester -- despite concerns from leaders who objected to ignoring the sequester's harmful impacts on ordinary Americans while fixing flight delays for themselves and other frequent flyers. Amplify that message about priorities to hold Washington accountable. 

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.

The Spreadsheet Goof Behind Global Layoffs

April 25, 2013 2:38 pm ET

As airport delays mount due to the sequester cuts, Republicans in Congress are still refusing to fix the sequester. Meanwhile, the study that GOP lawmakers used to justify such European austerity cuts to America -- a discredited report by economists Reinhart and Rogoff claiming that high debt levels slow economic growth -- continues to spark fallout and even jokes from Stephen Colbert after a graduate student caught simple errors in their Excel spreadsheet and reasoning. Here's what you need to know.

Keystone Legacy

April 22, 2013 11:23 am ET

Today is Earth Day and also the deadline for the State Department's public comment period on its draft report on the Keystone XL pipeline's environmental impact, unless officials decide to extend it to allow full comments to be submitted. As we wait for the President to issue a decision on KXL, here's how to make the case for rejecting it in terms of its most powerful potential legacy -- global warming.

They Dodge Taxes So You Get Hit Harder

April 15, 2013 10:12 am ET

While millions of ordinary Americans scramble to file their income tax returns today, the very wealthy with offshore tax havens and the biggest corporations aren't sweating it. Their tax lobbyists have created so many loopholes over the years that the effective corporate tax rate is only 12%, and some corporations pay nothing -- yet they're still lobbying Congress for more tax cuts. Tell people what's going on and why.

The Agenda Americans Want

April 11, 2013 2:25 pm ET

The President said his FY14 budget is not the "ideal plan," which reflects his efforts to go "more than halfway" towards what GOP leaders in Congress want -- goals that are far removed from an agenda that reflects Americans' real priorities. Here are polling points to back you up.

Budget Day Attacks

April 10, 2013 9:05 am ET

The release of the President's FY14 budget today is sure to spark more falsehoods and attacks on economic issues from Republicans in Congress and their right wing media allies. Push back with these key Attacks & Responses.

Jobs And The Sequester

April 05, 2013 9:56 am ET

Today's monthly jobs report shows only 88,000 jobs created in March and the unemployment rate at 7.6%. Here's how to talk about it in light of the sequester impacts slowly playing out across the country.

The Middle Class At A Time Of Record Inequality

April 04, 2013 12:51 pm ET

The President's budget will be released on Wednesday, stirring debate about potential changes to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security -- including benefit cuts that would appease Congressional Republicans while saddling Democratic lawmakers with the blame. Meanwhile, new polling shows that "protecting the wealthy instead of the middle class" is a top reason why Americans dislike GOP lawmakers. Go on offense by showing why cutting benefits is bad policy and bad politics.

Immigration Deal Within Reach

April 03, 2013 2:33 pm ET

According to news reports, a bipartisan group of Senators negotiating immigration legislation is close to striking a deal, especially with key issues resolved by labor and business groups. With final details expected to be unveiled as soon as next week, here's language to press for the core principles and values that any good final immigration deal -- including the process for citizenship -- must reflect.

Keystone: All Risk, No Reward

April 01, 2013 10:46 am ET

This weekend, Exxon's Pegasus pipeline carrying Canadian tar sands oil spilled in Arkansas, raising more concerns about TransCanada's proposal to build the Keystone XL pipeline across the Canadian border down to Texas. Meanwhile, the State Department is continuing to accept public comments until April 22 on its draft report on KXL's environmental impact.

GOP "Spending Cuts"

March 28, 2013 9:27 am ET

After choosing to let the sequester take place, Republicans in Congress are back home this week criticizing its real life impacts, like air traffic tower closures. As the sequester takes its toll, use it to demonstrate the damaging impacts of the spending cuts they want more of.

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