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May 16, 2013 3:27 pm ET filed under One-Pagers

Health Care Priorities

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.

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May 14, 2013 4:02 pm ET filed under One-Pagers

The DOJ's AP Investigation

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.

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May 11, 2013 9:32 pm ET filed under One-Pagers

Benghazi Fantasies

Congressional Republicans and their right wing allies are trying to spin the Obama Administration's response to the Benghazi attack into a scandal in their efforts to take down the Obama Administration. They are even pouncing on the botched  ABC News report that only rehashed old discussions and revealed to the shock of no one that federal agencies coordinate on sensitive national security matters. Push back and put the conspiracy theorists on the defensive.

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May 09, 2013 5:37 pm ET filed under One-Pagers

Immigrants: Makers, Not Takers

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.

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May 07, 2013 3:28 pm ET filed under One-Pagers

One Hand Tied Behind Our Back

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.")

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May 03, 2013 11:18 am ET filed under One-Pagers

Weekend Prep: Jobs, Guns, Immigration

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.

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May 02, 2013 10:50 am ET filed under One-Pagers

"Pond Scum"

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.

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April 30, 2013 3:45 pm ET filed under One-Pagers

Immigration: Eye On The Right

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.

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April 29, 2013 3:29 pm ET filed under One-Pagers

Shame On The Sequester

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. 

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April 26, 2013 9:25 am ET filed under One-Pagers

Weekend Prep: Immigration, Guns, Sequester

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.

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April 25, 2013 2:38 pm ET filed under One-Pagers

The Spreadsheet Goof Behind Global Layoffs

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.

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April 24, 2013 6:18 pm ET filed under One-Pagers

Immigration Reform After Boston

In the wake of the Boston bombings, national security experts and bipartisan lawmakers have reaffirmed the longstanding need for immigration reform while other lawmakers are trying to use the perpetrators' histories to derail legislative progress altogether. Call out politicians trying to use those terrorist attacks for political purposes as an excuse to preserve the broken immigration system.

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April 22, 2013 11:23 am ET filed under One-Pagers

Keystone Legacy

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.

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April 19, 2013 3:57 pm ET filed under One-Pagers

Chaos In Boston

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.

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April 18, 2013 12:05 pm ET filed under One-Pagers

The Senate's Shame

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.

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April 17, 2013 2:18 pm ET filed under One-Pagers

Fit To Lead

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.

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April 15, 2013 10:12 am ET filed under One-Pagers

They Dodge Taxes So You Get Hit Harder

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.

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April 11, 2013 2:25 pm ET filed under One-Pagers

The Agenda Americans Want

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.

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April 10, 2013 9:05 am ET filed under One-Pagers

Budget Day Attacks

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.

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April 09, 2013 9:15 am ET filed under One-Pagers

Why They're Blocking Gun Laws

Americans of faith are joining others from all walks of life, including everyday NRA members, to call on Congress to pass common sense gun laws, but Republican leaders in the Senate are vowing to block the proposals sight-unseen. Expose what these lawmakers' actions mean and who they're really fighting for.

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April 08, 2013 8:39 am ET filed under One-Pagers

Big Week Ahead

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.

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April 05, 2013 9:56 am ET filed under One-Pagers

Jobs And The Sequester

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.

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April 04, 2013 12:51 pm ET filed under One-Pagers

The Middle Class At A Time Of Record Inequality

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.

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April 03, 2013 2:33 pm ET filed under One-Pagers

Immigration Deal Within Reach

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.

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April 01, 2013 10:46 am ET filed under One-Pagers

Keystone: All Risk, No Reward

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.

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March 29, 2013 9:46 am ET filed under One-Pagers

No Controversy...Except In Congress

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.

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March 28, 2013 9:27 am ET filed under One-Pagers

GOP "Spending Cuts"

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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March 27, 2013 8:57 am ET filed under One-Pagers

DOMA Stories

Today the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in United States v. Windsor, a case challenging the federal government's refusal to recognize same-sex married couples' marriages in states that allow them. Rather than only reciting a laundry list of benefits the federal government denies under the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, use personal stories to illustrate the harmful impacts on American families.

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March 26, 2013 9:07 am ET filed under One-Pagers

Marriage Before The Supreme Court

Today, the Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry, a case challenging California's Proposition 8 banning marriage for same-sex couples. Here's messaging to make the case why Prop 8 is not only unconstitutional, but contrary to the values we hold as Americans.

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March 22, 2013 11:57 am ET filed under One-Pagers

Obamacare At 3 Years: Still A Big Deal

Tomorrow is the three-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Here are topline messages, plus attacks and responses.

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