Obama for America TV Ad: “Mosaic”

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Mitt Romney in 2002: “I’m going to reduce taxes.”
As Governor, Mitt Romney did cut taxes…on millionaires like himself.
But he raised taxes and fees on everyone else:  $1.5 billion.

Over a thousand fee hikes:
On health care.  On school bus rides.  On milk.  On driver’s licenses.  On nursing homes.  On lead poisoning prevention.  On meat and poultry inspection.  On fishermen and gun owners.  On nurses.  On electricians.  On hospitals. On funeral homes. On mental health services.  On hospice care. On elevator repair.
Romney Economics didn’t work then. And won’t work now.

Another fossil fuel industry attack …

Write Congress Today! Tell your member of Congress: Don’t block vital standards for our health and environment—vote no on the Gasoline Regulations Act.

Here We Go Again—Another Fossil Fuel Industry Attack on Science


The House of Representatives will soon vote on yet another fossil fuel industry-backed bill, attacking clean air and public health. It is critical that we stand up for strong standards based on independent science, not false economic claims from big polluters.
The Gasoline Regulations Act (H.R. 4771) is an all-out attack on our clean air and public health. The bill would force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to give undo weight to the industry’s economic claims when setting what should be, first and foremost, science-based standards that protect our health and environment.
The legislation delays standards that would save lives and save money by reducing sulfur in gasoline.
The bill also attacks standards that would limit ozone and other harmful air pollutants from power plants and global warming emissions from oil refineries. Some members of Congress may even attempt to amend the bill to prevent the EPA from moving forward with their historic draft standard to limit global warming pollution from new power plants.
Fossil fuel lobbyists and their allies in Congress are attacking the EPA with false claims about the impact that these proposed standards might have on gas prices. But we know that this bill will have no effect on fuel prices, but would have a lasting, negative impact on public health.
Congress needs to hear from Americans like you who support the EPA’s efforts to protect our health from dirty energy and dirty fuels.
Tell your member of Congress: Don’t block vital standards for our health and environment—vote no on the Gasoline Regulations Act.
Take Action Today!
Sincerely, Chrissy Elles Chrissy Elles Outreach Associate UCS Climate & Energy Program

Commemorate Title IX’s 40th year

National Women's Law Center
  Do you support Title IX?  

  Help make sure these Faces of Title IX are heard. Share today!  

“Come to the blacktop at my middle school and hang out for a couple of hours. You’ll get a sense of what 12-to-14-year olds like and how they act. For them this is the center of the world.”

Middle school teacher Sarah Egan takes us on her three year journey when she agrees to coach the girls’ basketball team. Most of the players had never picked up a basketball and early on, she considered it a success if they ran in the right direction. Her team lost every game in the first two seasons.

But despite these odds, they transform into a championship team. More importantly, as they support each other as a group, their spirits soar and they gain confidence both on the court and in the classroom.

Sarah’s is just one of nine stories at the heart of NWLC’s new online portal, FACES OF TITLE IX. These stories go beyond the statistics to show how the law has helped people — whether it’s a student facing bullying in school, a young woman pressured to leave school after becoming pregnant or a race official literally standing in a young woman’s way.

As we commemorate Title IX’s 40th year, we need your help to make sure these Faces of Title IX are seen and their stories read. We believe in the power of stories to transform the public dialogue. Please take a second to share these stories with your friends, family and colleagues:

Or, share your own Title IX story with us! And we’re not just talking about stories on athletics. Do you have a story about the science and technology fields, about school bullying and harassment, or about pregnant or parenting students? Or, can you talk about what life was like before Title IX?

These stories illustrate both the enormous progress we’ve made and the work that remains to reach the full promise of Title IX. Thank you for your help in spreading the word.


Fatima Goss Graves   Fatima Goss Graves
Vice President for Education and Employment
National Women’s Law Center

P.S. Check out the rest of Sarah’s story and NWLC’s new Title IX resources, including a new analysis that illustrates how many fewer opportunities girls have in high school sports.

Who Supports Obama’s New Immigration Policy?

By         ThinkProgress War Room

Republicans Keep Digging On Immigration

Republicans have been thrown into disarray by the president’s very popular announcement on immigration, with Mitt Romney and others simply refusing to say where they stand. Well, we wanted to know where they stand so that you could know too. So ThinkProgress called the offices of every single Republican in the House of Representatives and Senate to ask if they supported the president’s new immigration policy or not.

Here are the results — and they aren’t pretty.

The only exception was Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18), a Cuban immigrant who previously voted for the DREAM Act.; she expressed her support for the policy. Reps Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Lee Terry (R-NE) also said they would support a legislative initiative, but opposed the policy because of the way it was put into place.

Mitt Romney Continues to Hide the Ball

During one of the many recent interviews in which he’s refused to give a direct answer on immigration, Romney said he didn’t want “to football with” the issue. (Yes, he used football as a verb.) In reality, it seems that Romney is simply interested in hiding the ball when it comes to his real views on immigration.

Yesterday, the Romney campaign refused to answer reporters’ questions on immigration, promising more details in today’s big speech to the national conference of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials. Unfortunately,almost one full week after the president’s announcement, Romney once again refused to say if he’d let the new policy stand.

Romney also left a few other things out of his remarks to the Latino officials gathered before him.

**   Romney forgot to mention his attack on the president for standing up to states who pass discriminatory anti-immigrant laws:

“The right course for America is to drop these lawsuits against Arizona and other states that are trying to do the job Barack Obama isn’t doing. And I will drop those lawsuits on day one.”

**  While Romney told the crowd,”when I make a promise to you, I will keep it,” he forgot to remind them of his promise to veto the DREAM Act:

“And I have indicated I would veto the DREAM Act if provisions included in that act to say that people who are here illegally, if they go to school here long enough, get a degree here that they can become permanent residents. I think that’s a mistake. I think we have to follow the law and insist those who come here illegally, ultimately return home, apply, and get in line with everyone else.”

**  And he also didn’t remind Latinos that just a few months ago he called the DREAM Act a “handout”:

They want good jobs in America and rising incomes. If they want a president who is going to talk to them about a handout or more benefits for free, they got that guy.

He also failed to mention his preferred solution to the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in this country — making their lives so miserable that they’ll “self-deport”:

“Well, the answer is self-deportation, which is people decide they can do better by going home because they can’t find work here because they don’t have legal documentation to allow them to work here.”

Romney also didn’t mention his strong support for Arizona’s “papers please” law. Nor did he remind the crowd that one of his top advisers on immigration is Kris Kobach, the author of the Arizona and Alabama anti-immigrant laws. And he didn’t bring up his close association with former California Gov. Pete Wilson, one of America’s most notoriously anti-Latino politicians.

Finally, Romney chose not to use the offensive term “illegals” to refer to undocumented immigrants, a word he used with impunity throughout the Republican primary.

IN ONE SENTENCE: Mitt Romney may want to hide the ball when it comes to his real views on immigration, but he can’t Etch A Sketch away his and other Republicans’ extreme views on the issue.

Evening Brief: Important Stories That You May Have Missed

Even a top Republican Latino consultant was unimpressed by Romney’s speech today.

Grover Norquist visited his subjects in the House of Representatives today to remind them of his orders.

Mitt Romney to Republican governors: please stop telling people the economy is getting better.

Karl Rove’s latest effort to make a mockery of what little is left of our campaign finance laws.

Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) wants you to know that he has “secret meetings” with “kings and queens” “every day.”

The Supreme Court say that you can be obscene on TV, at least if the government doesn’t warn you not to be in advance.

Nancy Pelosi vows to replace the health care mandate if the Supreme Court ignores 200 years of precedent and strikes it down.

The battle between the Obama campaign and Karl Rove is heating up.

States who went for austerity are doing worse economically.

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