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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.

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IMMIGRATION AFTER BOSTON

KEY MESSAGE

The killers came here as kids -- the problem is what happened after they got here, not how they came.

STRATEGY

Call out politicians who use the Boston bombings as a political excuse to preserve the broken immigration system: Immigration Reform After Boston

Press for a real deal with a real road to citizenship: Immigration Deal Within Reach

Reaffirm that immigration reform reflects mainstream Americans' priorities: The Agenda Americans Want


GUNS

KEY MESSAGES

Their political cowardice means more children will die.

If you can't stand up to the lobbyists when children are dead and 90% of the country stands with you, you're not fit to lead.

Common sense laws to prevent gun violence aren't controversial -- except in Congress.

STRATEGY

Define what their no votes mean: The Senate's Shame and Unfit To Lead

Keep up the call to action: The White House Plan On Gun Violence, Action On Gun Violence, Not Just Words, and Newtown Anniversary

Define the opposition: Why They're Blocking Gun Laws and No Controversy...Except In Congress.

Put the opposition on the other side of law-abiding gun owners: NRA Lobbyists vs. Gun Owners and Why Background Checks Protect Gun Owners

Rebut their attacks: ATTACKS & RESPONSES: Gun Violence, 1 Hearing, Many Myths About Gun Laws, and Flipping the Gun Rights Frame


SEQUESTER

KEY MESSAGES

European austerity for America doesn't make sense in real life or on paper.

We need more jobs and fewer self-inflicted layoffs.

Spending cuts for Republicans in Congress mean job cuts for ordinary Americans.

STRATEGY

Show what Republican lawmakers' spending cuts mean in real life: GOP "Spending Cuts"

Discredit the excuse for forcing European austerity on America: The Spreadsheet Goof Behind Layoffs

Remind who deserves the blame for the sequester: Framing Obama For Their Sequester Layoffs

Explain the simple choices we face: More Jobs vs. More Self-Inflicted Layoffs and Self-Inflicted Wounds: Sequester Impacts

Take a break and share this Stephen Colbert clip: Austerity's Spreadsheet Error

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