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WNO - Video: Gov. Jim Douglas (R-VT) Says Medicare Cuts Worry Seniors 


Video: Gov. Jim Douglas (R-VT) Tells Obama That Governing Is Tougher Than Campaigning.

"I think that he's [Obama's] finding that governing is a lot tougher than seeking the office."


Who: Governor Jim Douglas (R-VT), Chairman of the National Governors Association

What: Exclusive interview regarding health care, the national debt, and the tea parties.

When: Friday, September18th, 2009.


Douglas Soundbite #1: Reduce Health Care Costs.

"It's a critically important issue that we reform how we care for the American people, but we have to do it in a way that reduces costs that is sustainable and that improves the quality of that care."


Douglas Soundbite 2: Don't Increase Debt Beyond Our Capacity To Pay.

"The American people are going to be shouldering trillions of dollars of debt that will be passed onto future generations, and we need to be sure that we don't increase that beyond our capacity to pay. Government is about making tough decision and establishing priorities."


Douglas Soundbite 3: Medicare Cuts Worry Seniors.

"I think that the American people are understandably concerned when they hear that Medicare, that provides support for so many older Americans, might be reduced…When older Americans hear that Medicare is going to be cut by hundreds of billions of dollars, they're going to react."


Length of Full Interview: 4:17

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NRLC: "They say, we say" on abortion in health care bills 

This is a congressional update from the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), issued on Friday, September 18, 2009, at 4 PM EDT.  Please forward this update to any appropriate pro-life lists.  For further information, visit the NRLC website at and



They say, we say:

Recent NRLC rebuttals to misinformation

about the pro-abortion health care bills


WASHINGTON (September 18, 2009) -- The pro-abortion public relations machine is in full throttle in support of the abortion-related components of the health care bills that are being pushed by the White House and top congressional Democrats. 


1.  A detailed outline of Senator Max Baucus' proposed health care bill was released on September 16.  The proposal has many objectionable components pertaining to both abortion and rationing.  The initial NRLC statement on the bill is here.  A follow up release on the "death spiral" provision is here.


2.  Over the last few days, a number of websites, including Huffington Post, The Hill, and, have published an essay by Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Ca.) titled, "The Truth About the Capps Amendment."  We recommend that you read the piece on, here.  That site has a permissive comment policy, and NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson has challenged Rep. Capps in a detailed rebuttal. 


3.  The Baltimore Sun ran (twice!) an op ed by Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) President Cecile Richards, titled, "Plan Wouldn't Fund Abortion," most recently on September 13.  A rebuttal by NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson titled "Planned Parenthood's Hidden Agenda on Health Reform" was submitted to the Sun but ignored.  However, on September 16, the Winona (Mn.) Daily News, which also ran the original Richards piece, published the rebuttal, under the title "What Does Cecile Richards Really Want?," here.


4.  Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus did her bit for the Capps Amendment in a column that ran in the Post on September 9, and subsequently in some other papers.  National Review Online published a rebuttal by NRLC's Douglas Johnson here, also on September 9.


5.  Laurie Rubiner, vice president for public policy and advocacy for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), posted an essay titled "Bridging the Divide on Health Care for Women," dated September 9, 2009, on Daily Kos, and on, where a detailed rebuttal by NRLC's Douglas Johnson was posted, here.


6.  Veteran pro-abortion activist Frances Kissling posted an essay on several websites, "Exploiting the Health Care Debate to Restrict Abortion." The thrust of Kissling's essay was that the pro-abortion side had already compromised enough and that no further concessions should be made to the right-to-life side.  A rebuttal by NRLC's Douglas Johnson was posted on on September 16, here.


7.  On September 11, examined in detail, and rated as "True," the following statement by House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Oh.):  "During his quest for the presidency, now-President Obama declared that everyone deserves access to reproductive health care that includes abortion, and vowed that this 'right' would be at the heart of his health care reform plan if elected president."  It is here.


8.  In light of some of the press coverage of recent days, it is evident that NRLC's September 8 "duped media" advisory remains timely and should be required reading for journalists who are covering the congressional fight.



HCHR - ACORN:Minnesota Gov. Stops Funds, White House Slap on the Wrist 


AFP - Join Laura Ingraham Oct. 2 & 3 

We are excited to announce that Laura Ingraham will be joining former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, CNBC’s Larry Kudlow, radio host Hugh Hewitt, FOX News contributor Stephen Moore and John Fund, Senator Jim DeMint (SC), Congressman Mike Pence (IN). Congressman John Shadegg (AZ), Congressman Paul Ryan (WI) Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN) and many others at Americans for Prosperity Foundation's ™ 3rd Annual Defending the American Dream ™ Summit on October 2 and 3 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.

Admission is only $99 per person, $39 for students, and $199 for a family and includes access to the general session, breakfast, lunch, our special "Tribute to Ronald Reagan Dinner" and transportation from the hotel to Americans for Prosperity's Town Hall meetings at the Capitol.

Register Today for Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s Defending the American Dream Summit:

Your Members of Congress are back in D.C., surrounded by lobbyists, the Obama Administration, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid and many in the national media -- all demanding a "deal" on health care and cap-and-trade.

That's why I'm asking YOU to keep up the pressure on our Senators and House members.  During the Defending the American Dream™ Summit, Americans for Prosperity will sponsor a national Town Hall meeting at the Capitol – while Congress is actually in session – so your Senators and Representatives can hear directly from YOU!

The Town Hall meeting on Friday afternoon, October 2 will take place on the Capitol steps and then we will go inside the Senate and House office buildings to visit YOUR Senators' offices along with your Congressman's office.  Our goal is for these Senators and Congressmen to see a steady stream of grassroots activists like you taking our freedom message right into their offices after our Town Hall meeting on the Capitol steps. Then, on Friday night, AFP Foundation will host the 3rd annual "Tribute to Ronald Reagan" dinner and the following morning the Defending the American Dream Summit.

Summit Highlights Include:

    The "Tribute to Ronald Reagan" Dinner

    AFP’s Town Hall Meeting at the Capitol

    Visits with your Members of Congress

    Bloggers Row

    “Best in Class” Grassroots Training

    Free-Market Job Fair

     State-Specific Strategy Meetings

    Network With Leading Activists From Across The Country

and much more!

We're going to win...if we keep fighting.  But that means continuing to take the fight to Washington this year when it matters most.  That's why I'm asking you to join me in D.C. on October 2 and 3 at Americans for Prosperity Foundation's Defending the American Dream Summit .

Click here to register.



Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

Supporting Our Veterans


by Rees Lloyd

The third Friday of September is annual "POW/MIA Recognition Day," a day to remember the service and suffering of prisoners of war, and those still missing in action --  and their families; a day to honor them, and to reaffirm the commitment to search for and bring home the MIAs.

            It is one of six days on which Congress has mandated that the National League of Families POW/MIA Flag be flown over the Capitol, the White House, military bases, veterans memorials and cemeteries, post offices, and other locations nationwide. (36 U.S. Code Section 902)

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