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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.

Benghazi Fantasies

May 11, 2013 9:32 pm ET

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.

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.

Immigration Reform After Boston

April 24, 2013 6:18 pm ET

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.

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.

Iraq: Ten Years Later

March 19, 2013 4:00 pm ET

Today is the ten year anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. Americans are coming together to reflect on the aftermath of the war, the lessons learned, and the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform.

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.

Austerity Cliff, Meet Your Solution

February 05, 2013 2:48 pm ET

Today President Obama announced a short-term plan to postpone the "sequester" -- arbitrary, across-the-board cuts that automatically start in March to vital domestic investments like our schools -- with a mix of new tax revenues and spending cuts. Here's how keep up the drumbeat on the need for more tax reform as the President called for and only those cuts to the things the country doesn't need -- so we can protect the things we do need.

Support Our Troops Or Pork?

January 09, 2013 12:30 pm ET

As Congressional Republicans like Sen. Ayotte fearmonger over the coming Pentagon budget cuts that the next Defense Secretary will preside over, we must keep pressing the point that finding savings in the Pentagon budget is more than just fiscally responsible and supported by the public. Cutting Pentagon waste makes us stronger by keeping us focused on real 21st century threats -- which is why our military leaders and national security expert after expert after expert support it.

The "Center-Right Country" Myth

November 07, 2012 3:49 pm ET

We did it! As we celebrate and take stock of the election results, many right-wing pundits are trying to undermine and set the stage for President Obama's second term by reviving the myth that America is a "center-right country" that is clamoring for the extreme GOP agenda. Here's a sample of polling findings to judge for yourself.

Going On Offense Against Misinformation: 2012 Election Edition

October 29, 2012 1:13 pm ET

In the final days before the election, be ready to shut down the most frequently heard misinformation in the battleground states -- here's how. (Click here for the PDF version of this one-pager.)

Our Chief In Command

October 23, 2012 11:03 am ET

The insta-polls and political commentators agree that President Obama won the final debate. Despite Mitt Romney's attempts to hide his positions, President Obama played offense and exposed Romney as unsteady, uninformed, and unfit to be the Commander-in-Chief.

Repeat Bush But Don’t Remember Him

October 18, 2012 2:05 pm ET

Mitt Romney and his allies are attacking the President for pointing out a truth: Obama's predecessor left the nation a huge mess at home and abroad. Yet poll after poll shows that people accurately assign blame to Bush. As Romney campaigns on a platform that will repeat those past mistakes, it's important to link him to the backward-looking Bush policies in contrast to Obama's vision for the future.

Flip Flopping On Foreign Policy

October 09, 2012 1:56 pm ET

Mitt Romney’s flip flops are so commonly accepted as political that their real world implications, especially for American security, are often overlooked. When Vice President Biden and Rep. Ryan face off in Thursday's debate, expect Romney's widely-panned foreign policy speech to come up. Here's how to connect it to a broader narrative about Romney and what America needs in a Commander-in-Chief.

Doubt

September 17, 2012 12:15 pm ET

A leader should inspire confidence from his people, especially on the serious business of foreign policy. But Mitt Romney's "utter disaster" on Libya is prompting his own party to openly voice doubt and withering criticism. Lean into their conclusions with these quotes. (Also, check out the mad libs at the end!)

Amateur

September 12, 2012 12:36 pm ET

Four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, have been killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya during protests sparked by an anti-Muslim film. President Obama condemned the attack in the strongest terms. Mitt Romney, who called Obama's response "disgraceful," is taking heat from his own party for his "amateurish" response, especially given his hasty and confused understanding of the facts on the ground.

Unity And Remembrance On 9/11

September 11, 2012 10:20 am ET

Today is the 11th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on America. As President Obama has proclaimed, it's a moment to pray, remember the lives lost, and renew the shared purpose and values that unite us as Americans.

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