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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.

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.")

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.

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.

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.

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.

Obamacare At 3 Years: Still A Big Deal

March 22, 2013 11:57 am ET

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

Who Pays To Fix The Budget?

March 21, 2013 10:48 am ET

Today, House Republicans passed the Ryan budget after rejecting the other plans on the table yesterday. Given the record inequality in America and the budget choices we face, here's what their votes mean.

White House Tours vs. Cuts Back Home

March 15, 2013 10:19 am ET

Republicans in Congress, aided by the national media, are obsessing over the cancellation of White House tours forced by sequester cuts while blowing off real life impacts of the sequester back home. With these kinds of priorities, it's no wonder that three-fourths of Americans disapprove of the way Congressional Republicans are doing their job.

The Ryan Budget: Been There, Didn't Do That

March 13, 2013 11:07 am ET

As economists, think tanks, pundits, and the rest of the political world react to the Republican budget, GOP leaders in Congress are pushing hard to sell it to the American public. Here's how to make it toxic.

Questions To Pierce Through The GOP Budget

March 12, 2013 8:34 am ET

Today, Congressman Ryan will unveil the House Republican budget for the next fiscal year -- setting forth their priorities for the nation and the values they wish to broadcast to voters. As you drill down into the details of their budget, here are key questions to ask.

Stock Market, Job Market

March 08, 2013 9:02 am ET

Today's monthly jobs report shows 236K jobs created in February and the unemployment rate down to 7.7%. It comes as the Dow hit its highest closing level ever this week and amidst reports that corporations rather than rank-and-file workers are reaping the lion's share of the recovery's gains.

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