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NEW DNC VIDEO: Why we need to make our 45th President a Democrat


At Tuesday’s first Democratic debate, Americans (15.8 million, in fact) got to hear our presidential candidates talk about their vision to move America forward and to strengthen the middle class. They had a substantive conversation about important issues like equal pay, immigration reform, college affordability, and climate change. And in so doing, they made clear that they’re ready to lead this country.


This, of course, is in stark contrast with the Republicans running for president, all of whom have failed to propose any ideas other than recycling disastrous policies that would drag America backwards during their nearly ten hours of debates.

Take a look at our new DNC video that highlights this difference, given how many issues were either entirely ignored or not seriously dealt with at Republican debates, and why we need to make our 45th President a Democrat:



P.S. And if you missed the Democratic debate the first time, you can watch it again on CNN tonight at 10 pm ET!


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AUFC - Sen. Kelly Ayotte Urged to Stop Putting Politics Before Public Safety, Pass a Clean DHS Funding Bill 

The Republican Congress Is Holding DHS Funding Hostage in Reckless Effort to Undo the President’s Immigration Executive Action that Is Keeping Families Together


Washington DC – As a February 27 deadline looms for Congress to reauthorize funding for the Department of Homeland Security - the agency tasked with aviation and border security and many counterterrorism and emergency readiness efforts - Americans United for Change called on Sen. Kelly Ayotte and fellow Republicans in Congress to stop playing politics with public safety and pass a clean DHS funding bill. That means no strings attached, unlike in the DHS funding bill House Republicans passed earlier this month that would defund the President’s immigration executive action and resume deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced intentions to take up the legislation soon, but would be wise to remember the poison-pill House legislation has zero chance of becoming law.


How We Got Here: As Huffington Post reports, “In December, Congress approved funding through the end of the fiscal year for every department except DHS, which was funded only until the end of February. That decision was made because Republicans hoped to use the DHS bill to block policies advanced by the president that could allow up to 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. temporarily and work legally.” 


Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change: “The Republican Party that gave us the government shutdown that sucked billions of dollars out of the economy is back with another manufactured crisis at the American people’s expense. This time, Republicans are needlessly holding up critical homeland security resources in protest of the President’s immigration action. Leader McConnell and Speaker Boehner know the President, like Reagan before him, acted well within his legal authority in giving an opportunity for undocumented immigrants who pass a background check to keep their families together, get right with the law and pay their fair share in taxes.  But it’s clear the extreme anti-immigrant elements in the Republican caucus are the ones calling the plays and they’re even willing to compromise public safety to go backwards on immigration reform.   It’s why we’re seeing political stunts like this to keep the fringe at bay instead of any effort by Republicans to pass a real comprehensive immigration reform bill.  If they did that, there would be no need for the President’s executive actions. DHS funding is not something to be playing political football with especially in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in France and Canada, but here we are, the Party of Mass Deportation is ready to kick off.  And New Hampshire voters deserve to know: Is Senator Kelly Ayotte going to go along with this troubling and irresponsible political brinkmanship? Will Ayotte vote to put politics, or public safety first? If the latter is her priority, Ayotte can prove it by joining Democratic calls on Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on a clean DHS funding bill. If it’s the former, she should be embarrassed and has some explaining to do back home.”


CEI Today: Gruber testimony, US misleads at COP-20, and Progressive victories 

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
In the News Today



Gruber Testifies Before Congress on Obamacare Transparency Issues

Sam Kazman, CEI general counsel: “Regardless of what happens at the hearing, Jonathan Gruber has already had a major impact on the ongoing Obamacare litigation, as in CEI’s King v. Burwell and Halbig v. Burwell cases." > Read more

> Interview Sam Kazman



Report from COP-20 in Lima: United States Makes Impressive But Misleading Presentation


The U. S. presentation by Rick Duke of the White House Council on Environmental Quality was the most detailed and impressive.  But it did attract several highly critical questions. 

To Mr. Duke’s claim that one of three key parts of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan was the the U. S. would lead international efforts, South Africa questioned how the U. S. could lead when its own domestic efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions had been so insufficient.

But no questions were raised about what I consider to be two highly misleading points in the U. S. presentation.  First, Mr. Duke listed the EPA’s proposed rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants without mentioning that they are both subject to serious legal challenges and to serious attempts to block them in the 114th Congress. Second, Mr. Duke attributed significant future reductions in fossil fuel use to the increasing use of cellulosic ethanol.
> Read more


Related - Report from COP-20 in Lima: Protests Allowing Fossil Fuel Lobbyists To Attend

> Interview an expert



Daily Caller: Hey, Progressives, It’s OK To Declare Victory Sometimes

How did progressives go from dreaming about a better future to shouting jeremiads about impending doom? The answer, I believe, is because they refuse to declare victory, preferring the self-affirming righteousness of unremitting struggle. > Read more


> Interview Bill Frezza





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CEI Today: EPA Progressives, a carbon tax in the US?, Scottish secession, railroad re-regulation, and more 

In the News Today



The Daily Caller & Fox News: Internal emails: EPA rules part of 'progressive' agenda

Emails between top Environmental Protection Agency officials reveal they saw their fight against global warming as putting them at “forefront of progressive national policy.”

These emails, which were part of a batch obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, show what top EPA officials were thinking as the agency prepared to release its greenhouse gas endangerment finding, which would give the agency the power to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from tailpipes and, eventually, from power plants.

“This is not about climate,” CEI senior fellow Chris Horner told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “This is the progressive agenda.” 
> Read the Daily Caller report

>View Chris Horner on Fox News Special Report

> Interview Chris Horner












Report: British Columbia Carbon Tax, a Bad Fit for the U.S.

Rebutting claims that the United States should adopt a carbon tax, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released a new report on Tuesday explaining how the go-to example of carbon tax success – British Columbia – falls short of its hype. > View Why British Columbia’s Carbon Tax Is not Applicable to America.

> Interview Marlo Lewis


Rail Investment
Threatened by Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Reauthorization Bill

A bill that would threaten much needed investment in railroad infrastructure and reverse three decades of progress on railroad regulation is scheduled for markup today in the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner



The Freeman: Freedom and Whisky Go Together


On Thursday, Scottish voters will decide whether to dissolve the 300-year-old union with England and Wales or remain in it. The result is now too close to call. As the world watches, it seems Scottish secession could be a step toward global liberalization and decentralization. But will an independent Scotland be a freer Scotland? > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray


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