DFA Daily — December 11th

December 11, 2013
By Leah Pickett | 3 comments

Headlines from Wednesday, December 11:

House, Senate Negotiators Reach a Budget Deal — Washington Post

The $85 billion agreement will avert another government shutdown, and is a rare show of bipartisan cooperation.

Pope Francis, the Choice — Time

Pope Francis is Time’s Person of the Year. “The leader of the Catholic Church has become a new voice of conscience.”

Uruguay Sets Price of Legalized Cannabis at $1 a Gram — Guardian

Uruguay is the first country to legalize the marijuana trade. 

Farm Bill ‘Not Quite’ Ready Yet — Roll Call

There will not be a Farm Bill before the end of the year.

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Left Hook — Slate

Even the progressives, especially the PCCC, took some time to see the potential of the Harkin plan. “We were tired of playing on defense,” explains Charles Chamberlain, executive director of the Howard Dean-founded Democracy for America, who previously worked for the House Progressive Caucus. “Every time the Congress reached a fiscal crisis, you’d see the president caving on Social Security and proposing chained CPI.”

U.S. Rep.-elect Katherine Clark is progressive, partisan and pragmatic, sees herself in "Elizabeth Warren" wing of Democratic Party — Mass Live

Neil Sroka, a spokesman for the progressive group Democracy for America, which did not endorse in the primary, said progressives noted that Clark hit back on Social Security, making it clear she would not cut benefits. Progressives will be watching whether Clark will lead on these issues. “The proof’s going to be in the pudding on how she votes on key issues like Social Security benefits,” Sroka said.

DINO Hunting as the Democrats Gird for their Own Civil War — Daily Beast

“I do think that economic inequality is going to be the issue in the 2014 election the way the Iraq War was in the 2006 election,” said Jim Dean, president of Democracy for America. “And I think you are going to see the Democratic leadership start to move on issues of inequality and financial reform pretty quickly. They understand how upset people are.”

Budget Deal Would Avert Shutdown, Cut Federal Workforce — Legal Pro News

Jim Dean, chairman of Democracy for America, said Democrats should reject the deal because it fails to include an unemployment insurance extension. "Negotiators have declared war on Christmas and potentially sentenced millions of struggling Americans to a very bleak New Year," he said.

US Lawmakers Announce Two-Year Budget Deal — Times Live

Liberal group Democracy for America blasted the agreement for failing to include an extension of unemployment insurance.

"Democrats should stand strong and reject any budget deal that fails to adequately protect those who continue to look for work," the group's chairman Jim Dean said.

Federal Budget Deal Faces Test in House — LA Times

Jim Dean, chairman of Democracy for America, said Democrats should reject the deal because it failed to include an unemployment insurance extension. "Negotiators have declared 'War on Christmas,' and potentially sentenced millions of struggling Americans to a very bleak New Year," he said.

Firing Up the Troops Online for War on Christmas — E Politics

A more traditional approach to holiday political mischief? Democracy For America is asking its members to urge Republicans to “Stop playing Scrooge — end your “War on Christmas” and extend unemployment benefits today.” Perhaps a little online action will warm their frozen hearts!

Sierra Club Endorses Honda — The Hill

In a news release, Honda also touted endorsements from other progressive groups — including MoveOn.org, Planned Parenthood and Howard Dean’s group Democracy for America, which endorsed him last week.

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