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It's the 'Public' Not the 'Option' in 'Public Option' That Counts

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Benjamin R. Barber

The "public option" provision to be traded off was perhaps the only place in the bill where the rights and interests of the 'public' are publicly recognized.

Friday Talking Points [93] -- Lies, Lies And Propaganda

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Political discussions in America are fast becoming solely theological in nature.. Each side has their beliefs. Each has their tenets which they fervently defend. Much of this is done on faith.

If You Like The Health Insurance You Have Now....

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

There's nothing standing between us and being uninsured other than an employer who woke up this morning feeling like they could still afford to provide you and I with insurance.

Better Messaging is the Key to Winning Health Care

Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sahil Kapur

Unhinged free-market worship, combined with an inexplicable paranoia for anything government, is what's driving the opposition. So Obama and Democrats need to re-frame this bill -- particularly the public option -- as one that embraces capitalism's best principles.

Cheap Frames

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Koehler

The worst of American journalism feeds its target audience what it expects to hear, hardening the divisions among people and perpetuating the idea that there's always an enemy.

On Patriotism and Principle: An Open Letter to the President (aka "The GOP's Bridge to Anywhere But Here")

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

Mr. President, talk to us directly. Tell us again why your election was only the first step, not the culmination, of a genuine movement to change the way we understand power, democracy, and our own roles in those phenomena.

GOPers Parroting Luntz's Anti-Health Care Memo

Sunlight Foundation. | Sunlight Foundation | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Back in May, in anticipation of the coming health care debate, Republican pollster, strategist and word smith Frank Luntz penned a memo (PDF) detailin...

Universal Rules of Framing Pt III: You In Print

Gerald Sindell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Gerald Sindell

Great framing can help your reader get nicely teed up to seriously consider the merits of your ideas.

The Universal Rules of Framing Part II: What Does The Proscenium Frame?

Gerald Sindell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gerald Sindell

Dodd had accomplished the near-impossible: making something said in a Senate committee hearing freshly framed.

The Universal Rules of Framing

Gerald Sindell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gerald Sindell

Brilliant framing can be so effective in launching ideas that often the framing and the idea become intertwined forever.

Speaking with Americans about Energy and Climate: From the Think Tank to the Kitchen Table

Drew Westen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Drew Westen

What we found is that when we talk in plain, values-oriented language, we solidly move people, motivate them to action, and beat the industry's well-crafted messages by 20-40 points.

Energy Efficiency and Sex

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

At the Energy Efficiency Global Forum people spoke of the need to make energy efficiency "sexy." But efficiency and sex are antithetical. Sex is voluptuous, virile and messy -- anything but efficient.

Is American Car Patriotism Dead?

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Feldman

To succeed again, GM must do more than build good cars. GM must find a path from 'buy American' to 'buy green' and then it must become that path.

Democrats Need to Frame the Stimulus Better

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama has proposed a tax cut on payroll taxes. Republicans are against it, and even have taken to calling it "welfare." Excuse me? Welfare? Tax cuts are now welfare in Republicanland?

Obama Camp "Prepared To Talk To Hamas," Says the Guardian

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

The Obama administration's emphasis on "talk" with Hamas will bring a significant moral shift in U.S. policy -- but it will not do away with some of the core grievances vis-a-vis U.S.-Israel relations.

10 Phrases That Will Shape Politics In '09

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

"Yes we can" -- three little words whose iconic status will take up a well-deserved spot for posterity alongside "I have a dream." Yep, 2008 was a big year -- but what can we expect in 2009?

Friday Talking Points [56] -- Turkeys Everywhere!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While today is not officially Turkey Day, I will warn you in advance that it's going to be a theme running through today's column, like gravy through ...

Seeing Our Future In The American Car

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Feldman

The car as the dominant form of transportation is here to stay in American life -- and here to stay for some time to come. The American cars of the past, however, will not be a part of our future.

Can Obama Win With Half a Messaging Strategy and Half a Ticket?

Joseph Romm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Romm

No strategic counterpunch and a self-emasculating VP makes Obama's job twice as hard. If his team understood messaging, he'd be doing better against the make-believe maverick.

It's 'Morning Again' -- in the 2008 Election

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeffrey Feldman

Why is it that a Republican campaign filled with blunders, chaos, gimmicks, an out-of-touch candidate, scandals, and lies succeeds? The answer just might be found in a political ad -- from 1984.

Framing the Election

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Three months before the 2008 Presidential election, we know the parameters of the contest. McCain's fear campaign will be relentlessly negative. Bot...