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DFA Daily — December 9th

Headlines from Monday, December 9:

Budget deal this week amounts to ceasefire as sides move to avert a standoff — Washington Post

Among other things, the deal boasts no major changes to corporate tax loopholes or Social Security, and it will not significantly reduce the national debt.

No Soul Searching for Virginia GOP After Losses — Politico

To hear the GOP tell it, their losses in VA were purely cosmetic.

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“Robbing” The “War on Christmas” — Canada Free Press

So it is that Democracy for America, the progressive organizational arm of the Democrat Party, agitating their voting constituents against the rest of the country, has sent out a memo, accusing Republicans of waging a War on Christmas –

“Well, this year there is a real ‘War on Christmas;’ and it’s not being waged by the ACLU or the Democratic (sic) Party.”

Chairman Jim Dean said, “This year, the Republicans are playing Scrooge, robbing 1.3 million people across America of desperately needed unemployment benefits right in the middle of the holiday season – and setting the stage for robbing millions more of the same benefits later.”

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DFA Daily — December 6th

Headlines from Friday, December 6:

Mandela’s Death Stirs Sense of Loss Around the World — New York Times

“A giant among men has passed away,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India said.

Improving Economy Defies Washington, For Now — Politico

So far, fiscal brinksmanship and Washington dysfunction have not had a noticeable impact on economy.

Another Shutdown? Conservatives Push to Scuttle Budget Deal — Talking Points Memo

At least 18 house conservatives are trying to subvert the budget deal by pushing for a clean CR that would fund the government at low sequester levels.

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Why Democrats Are Linking Themselves to Elizabeth Warren — National Journal

That hasn't sat well with progressive activists. And Wednesday, liberal groups including MoveOn.org, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America, and Progressives United started directing their ire at not just Third Way but Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., an honorary cochair of the group who is also the nominal front-runner in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial primary. In effect, they told the congresswoman she had to choose Warren over Third Way if she wanted their support.

3 Ways You Can Tell the Healthcare Website is Working — National Journal

"We're going to make sure that Democrats win on Obamacare in 2014. Anybody who thinks that Democrats are going to lose on Obamacare in 2014 are wrong," said Charles Chamberlain, the executive director of Democracy for America, who added that his liberal grassroots group will use Republicans' opposition to the health law against them next year.

Elizabeth Warren Attacks Beltway Powerhouse Third Way as Fronting for Wall Street — Naked Capitalism

Politico credits Team Warren with having landed a blow:

A chorus of groups aligned with the liberal wing of the party – from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee to Howard Dean’s Democracy for America and Russ Feingold’s Progressives United – responded by attacking Third Way as a Wall Street-funded front group.

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“Progressive activists did Black Friday right. Here's what we as a community did by the numbers.”

Other news:

The Real ‘Alpha House’: Yes, This is Where Some Senators Actually Live — CNN

An odd journey into a “frat house” on Capitol Hill.

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DFA Daily — December 5th

Headlines from Thursday, December 5:

Obama Focuses Agenda on Relieving Inequality — Washington Post

Historic speech sets agenda for rest of second term.

GOP Men Tutored in Running Against Women — Politico

Grown men need to be taught how not to be sexist or offensive.

Young Invincibles Spurn Obamacare — The Hill

In what could turn out to be Obamacare’s greatest challenge, less than a third of young people say they plan to enroll in coverage.

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Democrats Link Themselves to Warren to Gain Primary Advantages — National Journal

That hasn't sat well with progressive activists. And Wednesday, liberal groups including MoveOn.org, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America, and Progressives United started directing their ire at not just Third Way but Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., an honorary cochair of the group who is also the nominal front-runner in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial primary. In effect, they told the congresswoman she had to choose Warren over Third Way if she wanted their support.

Elizabeth Warren Takes Sides in Democratic Feud — Politico

A chorus of groups aligned with the liberal wing of the party – from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee to Howard Dean’s Democracy for America and Russ Feingold’s Progressives United – responded by attacking Third Way as a Wall Street-funded front group.

Democratic Infighting All the Rage — The Hill

Groups such as the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and Democracy for America pounced on Rep. Allyson Schwartz, an honorary co-chairwoman at Third Way, who is vying with a crowded field to win the Democratic nomination for governor in Pennsylvania.

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“The state of mass media in this country is just plain sad. CNN drops the President's hour long speech on income inequality just 6 minutes in. Watch them drop the ball, then watch the full speech below: What did you think of his address?”

“WATCH: Find out from a financial planner what it would be like to try to budget on a minimum worker's salary. (Hint: pretty difficult)”

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DFA Daily — December 4th

Headlines from Tuesday, December 3:

Budget Deal Optimism Emanates from Top House Appropriator — Roll Call

Congressmen are hopeful that they will reach a deal by Dec. 13.

Administration Switches on O-Care from Defense to Attack — The Hill

After weeks of relatively passive responses, White House and administrative officials are pushing back against Obamacare attacks with a new, sharper tone.

Bernie Sanders Leapfrogs to Front of 2016 Pack — US News

Sanders has been getting a lot of buzz lately — in fact, more than any 2016 hopefuls.

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Jon Stewart Joins the RNC in Celebrating the End of Racism — Talking Points Memo

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DFA Daily — December 3rd

Headlines from Tuesday, December 3:

Budget Panel Blows First Deadline — The Hill

Legislators wanted the deal by Dec. 2 in order to have time to write and pass a spending bill by the Jan. 16 deadline.

Cost of Health Care Law Is Seen Decreasing — New York Times

Obamacare is slated to cost billions less than projected.

Health-Care Enrollment on Website Plagued by Bugs — Washington Post

System errors may have affected a third of people who have signed up for health plans, and it could affect their coverage.

DFA’s Top Clips:

Silicon Valley Congressman Gets Support From Democracy for America — Time

Left-leaning political action committee Democracy for America is endorsing its first Congressional candidate for the 2014 election cycle, Rep. Michael Honda (D-Calif.). At stake is California’s 17th District, home to the Silicon Valley technology companies that are hoping to use this election to gain an ally within Congress that will push their agenda.


“At DFA, we support Democrats with backbone, who lead with vision and who fight for core Democratic values,” Dean wrote. “We’re working to elect not just any Democrat, but better Democrats. I’ve known Mike for years — he’s one of the strongest progressives we have in Congress.”

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