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What We're Watching This Week: Nov. 13


Elizabeth Warren: Show of Hands: Who Thinks They'd Win If They Had to Debate Elizabeth Warren?

Programs that keep Americans out of poverty: Poverty in America is a Problem, But These Charts Show How it Could Be Much, Much Worse

Wealth inequality and the law: How did America Become so Unequal? We'll Tell You This Much: It Wasn't By Chance

A staggering fact about tax rates for the rich in the 1950s: Why Did Republican Millionaires in Naples, FL Boo Malcolm Gladwell Over This Speech?

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DFA Daily — November 13th

Supporters cheer Hawaii State Senate's approval of same-sex marriage law. Hugh Gentry/Reuters. 

Headlines from Wednesday, November 14:

Troubled Healchcare.gov Unlikely to Work Fully By the End of November — Washington Post

Only six of the ten main problems identified have been addressed by the contractor who built the site.

Senate Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill, Heads to Governor for Signature — Hawaii News

Hawaii becomes the 15th state to do so.

Democrat Adds to His Lead in VA Attorney General Race — Talking Points Memo

Herring has pulled into a 106-vote lead.

DFA’s Top Clips:

Populist Ire for Wall Street Makes Clinton a Poor Choice: Critics — Common Dreams

Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, a liberal grassroots advocacy group, said the Democratic Party would benefit from a competitive presidential primary in 2016.

“The issue of income inequality is vital, and Hillary Clinton has not always had the right position,” he said. “Hillary has changed a lot, and she’s grown a lot. I think this is a candidate who has evolved in a number of important ways.

“She has some heavy lifting to do to show she’s not in the pocket of banks and a candidate of the 1 percent. That’s a more open question,” he added.

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DFA Daily — November 12th

Headlines from Tuesday, November 12:

Fewer Than 500,00 Sign Up On Obamacare Website, Report Suggests — CNN

The Administration is set to release its own numbers later this week.

Wall Street’s Nightmare: President Elizabeth Warren — Politico

The New Republic piece yesterday has everyone talking about Warren this morning.

DFA’s Top Clips:

Left Wants Challenger for Hillary — The Hill

Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, a liberal grassroots advocacy group, said the Democratic Party would benefit from a competitive presidential primary in 2016.

“The issue of income inequality is vital, and Hillary Clinton has not always had the right position,” he said. “Hillary has changed a lot, and she’s grown a lot. I think this is a candidate who has evolved in a number of important ways.  

“She has some heavy lifting to do to show she’s not in the pocket of banks and a candidate of the 1 percent. That’s a more open question,” he added.

Five Best Monday Columns — Atlantic Wire

Democracy for America communications director Neil Sroka tweets, "The definitive case for Warren 2016 ... A must read for anyone who cares about the future of the left."

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Which of the 11 American Nations Do You Live In? — Washington Post

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DFA Daily — November 11th

Headlines from November 11:

Senator to Block Obama’s Nominations Over Benghazi — Reuters

Lindsey Graham wants “more information” — and Yellen won’t become Fed chair until he gets them.

Dems: Christie Can Be Beaten — The Hill

Some strategies that succeeded in the gubernatorial race might not translate on a national scale.

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Morning Java: Expand Social Security; Stop All Consideration of Chained CPI — Progressive Influence

[Social Security infographic] Expand Social Security infographic by Democracy for America

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DFA Daily — November 8th

Headlines from November 8:

Economy Added 204k Jobs During Shutdown, Unemployment Rate Ticked Up to 7.3 Percent — Washington Post

Amidst predictions that the shutdown would have stunted job growth, these numbers come as a surprise.

$10 Minimum Wage Proposal Has Growing Support From White House — New York Times

There’s cautious optimism that even the House could get on board with the Fair Minimum Wage Act.  

DFA’s Top Clips:

Liberals Are Preparing Right Now to Press Hillary Clinton on Entitlements — The New Republic

Jim Dean, the head of Democracy for America—founded by his brother, 2004 presidential candidate Howard Dean—said he’s more immediately focused on growing a grassroots army in the states that will solidify public opinion on issues of economic security and enhancing Social Security and Medicare. But he’s also concerned that a Clinton coronation would preempt a clash on how to enhance benefit programs, which he refuses to call “entitlements.” “I am interested in other candidates because we need other candidates to have a debate to push this forward,” Dean said. “We will be pushing the envelope on this. We’re going to press that debate.  We’ll fight back against it if she doesn’t.”

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