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  • Donna Brazile: Sign Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday card

    Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Protection Donna Brazile wrote an email to supporters encouraging them to sign Michelle Obama's 50th birthday card. Here's what she had to say:

    Friend --

    America's First Lady -- a woman I'm lucky to call a friend -- is turning 50 today, and more than anything, I want to make sure she understands just how much she is loved.

    So will you join me (and more than 200,000 folks across the country) and wish her a happy birthday?

    Sign the card:

    http://my.democrats.org/Happy-Birthday-Michelle

    It's not every day our fabulous FLOTUS turns 50, so let's all just take a moment to make it special.

    Michelle, if you're reading this: It's gonna be a helluva year, and we're wishing you the best!

    Here's to Michelle,

    Donna Brazile

  • A New Tool In The War On Poverty

    I’m going to echo Maria Shriver and state the obvious: while I have not lived on the brink of poverty, I am deeply concerned by the growing income gap in America. I work every day to expand opportunities for the millions of people -- one in three Americans, seventy percent of whom are women and children -- who struggle every day to make ends meet.

    Earlier this week, Maria introduced a report that illustrates how urgent that work is.  A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink is filled with thoughtful essays from academics and activists -- everyone from Hillary Clinton to Barbara Ehrenreich to Beyoncé. And it includes new research on how deeply entrenched poverty has become in our social fabric, and how we can change it.

    I encourage you to read Maria's introduction to the report, and to explore A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink in full.

  • Mo Elleithee: Keep Chris Christie Away From The White House

    Communications Director Mo Elleithee sent an email to supporters urging them to hold Governor Chris Christie accountable in the George Washington Bridge scandal, and  how this scandal is troublesome for a future presidential run. Here's what he had to say:

    Friend --

    This news about Chris Christie is going to sound like something you might see on House of Cards, but keep in mind that this really happened, and that Chris Christie is one of the GOP's top choices for a 2016 presidential candidate. So stick with me for a second.

    In September, New Jersey officials closed lanes on the George Washington Bridge, causing massive gridlock that left thousands of commuters -- including school buses and first responders -- stranded near the town of Fort Lee.

    Christie insisted -- over and over again! -- that no one on his staff was involved in the closure, and that the decision wasn't political retribution for the Fort Lee mayor's failure to endorse Christie for re-election.

    Literally none of that appears to be true. His staff was directly involved, and their motivation appeared to be straight-up political retribution.

    Chip in $10 or more to help keep Chris Christie away from the presidency.

    Yesterday, subpoenaed emails revealed that the order to close the lanes came directly from one of Christie's top aides and went directly to a high school pal Christie had appointed to the Port Authority. Her exact instructions? "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."

    If that's enough to make you want to elect more Democrats, then I hope you'll chip in to support our candidates up and down the ticket. Republicans do a lot of outrageous things, but this story matters more than most.

    It seems pretty likely that Chris Christie will spend the next couple years gearing up to run for President of the United States, which means we need to start paying attention to this guy now.

    This may have started as a local news story about a traffic jam, but it's so much more -- it's about who Chris Christie is, and the kind of spiteful, costly, and damaging failures of leadership Americans can expect from him.

    Before the next campaign starts, we need to make sure that Americans across the country know the real Chris Christie, and that Democrats have the resources to keep him out of national office. Chip in $10 to make sure we can:

    https://my.democrats.org/Stop-Chris-Christie

    Thanks,

    Mo

    Mo Elleithee
    Communications Director
    Democratic National Committee

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Curb Gun Violence for Gabby

    "Three years ago today, a man approached a crowd in the parking lot of a Tucson, Arizona, supermarket and began shooting. Six people were killed, including one child, and 13 were wounded, including his main target, my dear friend, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

    I'll never forget where I was when I first heard the news. I was driving my daughter to her soccer game when I got an email that Gabby had been shot. On that day, the all too familiar tragedy unfolding on TV was personal, one of my closest friends was a victim of intentional violence."

    Read the Op-Ed in its entirety here.

  • A Happier, Healthier New Year for all Americans

    When the clock struck midnight on January 1st, 2014, the six million Americans who had already signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act had more to celebrate than just the start of a new year.

    Nathan A., a brain cancer survivor from Salem, VA, says that his new health care plan "has freed me from a weight, a chain, a prison of costs that were astronomical." Auldrige’s monthly premium has been cut by over 75%, which is a huge relief on his community service worker’s salary.

    For Eleta P. in St. Paul, MN, January 1st brought peace of mind. After applying for insurance through Minnesota’s health care exchange, Eleta discovered that she and her children are eligible for Medicaid. This mom says her new insurance is “a big deal” because “it helps ease your mind when you know that that part of your life is covered.

    Peace of mind has also come to Bo F. of Melbourne, FL, who couldn’t get coverage previously because of his pre-existing conditions. When he was uninsured, Frazer said he was “always worried about losing my house,” due to an unexpected health care crisis. But now Frazer and his wife have affordable coverage.

    But Obamacare is about so much more than planning for the worst. Because health care plans now include no-copay preventive care, people like Ana Y. from Kearny, NJ are getting their first mammograms and doctors like Sam W. at the University of North Carolina are making sure that patients have access to the preventive care they need — from colonoscopies to flu shots — to stay healthy.

    From knowing that they’ll have coverage for afford care if the worst happens to being able to prevent illness in the first place, Obamacare has changed millions of lives in the past week. Maybe Champaign, IL’s Adam P., whose insurance card arrived just over a week ago, put it best when he said that "I have been walking a tightrope and have had some twists and falls off of it. To not have to worry about this anymore is a tremendous relief.

    Here's to a happy and healthy new year for all Americans.

    Want to read more about the millions of Americans whose coverage started on January 1st? Don’t miss more stories from North Carolina, Kentucky, and more

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