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DFA Daily — December 11th

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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DFA Daily — December 10th

Headlines from Tuesday, December 10:

World Leaders Extol Mandela Before Crowd of Thousands — New York Times

The tribute to Mr. Mandela drew an unprecedented crowd of global V.I.P.'s, including at least 91 heads of state and government.

The GOP Civil War Just Got Worse — Washington Post

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn will face Rep. Steve Stockman in the GOP primary for Senate next year in Texas.

How Democrats Plan to Cut Food Stamps Without Enraging their Base — Roll Call

The government can save $8 billion by eliminating a loophole that enables states to help some low-income residents with nominal subsidies for heating to trigger higher food stamp benefits.

Senators Enter Into “Post Nuclear” World — The Hill

In the first nomination vote since Reid’s invocation of the “nuclear option,” the Senate votes today to approve Obama’s nominees to a powerful appellate court.

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“Over the last three years, Governor Branstad has engaged in a campaign of deception about job growth in Iowa. By only counting jobs gained -- and not any that were lost -- he falsely inflated the numbers to make his jobs record look better. Add your name.

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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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“Some good words to live by in his memory. RIP Nelson Mandela.”

“Your go-to guide for arguing for a livable wage. WATCH.”

“The biggest myth about the minimum wage -- the majority of people working min wage jobs are teenagers. Here's the truth from Economic Policy Institute. P.S. Don't forget to add your name to our petition calling on Congress to pass a livable wage:http://bit.ly/livablewage.”

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

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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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