DFA Daily — November 22

Headlines from Friday, November 22:

Senate’s Filibuster Rule Change Should Help Obama Achieve Second-Term Priorities  — Washington Post

The move will have major effects on Obama’s ability to implement his economic, climate, and healthcare agendas.

Filibuster Vote Raises Stakes for 2014 — Politico

It’s now critical for Democrats to maintain control of the Senate in 2014.

Expanding Social Security — New York Times  

Krugman makes the case for expanding Social Security.

GOP May Be About to Fold in Protracted Food Stamp Fight — Talking Points Memo

Republicans appear to want to “put the farm bill behind [them]” and move on.

We had 104 press clippings today! Here are some of the top ones: 

Senate Democrats Placate Dispirited Core Liberals With Rules Change — Associated Press

“Senate Democrats have rightly reformed the filibuster, and the grass-roots base of the Democratic Party have their back for taking this important stand,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of the 1.2 million-strong Democracy for America. The group tends to favor challengers, but Chamberlain said the rules change would be a factor in endorsements and support.

“There's no question our members are extremely excited. They've been fighting for years,” Chamberlain said. His group, along with Credo Action and Daily Kos Action, delivered more than 285,000 petitions to Reid. Combined, he said, they represent 5 million members.

Harry Reid’s Victory Lap — National Journal

A coalition of groups including Democracy for America and CREDO Action had collected almost 300,000 signatures pushing Reid to act, but he gave them a victory before they even had the chance to deliver them.

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“This is unacceptable. Demand congress raise the minimum wage --add your name.”

“This is why we need to expand Social Security.”

“The filibuster is dead! (at least when it comes to non-Supreme Court presidential nominees). What do you think of this historic rule change?”

“This made us want to scream, then get every progressive activist we know onboard to fight income inequality. WATCH.”

“This is pretty unreal and a vote is happening now to fix it! Add your name if you support the U.S. Senate Democrats’ effort fix the filibuster.”

Other news:

Texas’ Other Death Penalty — Texas Observer

“There’s a popular myth that the uninsured — in Texas, that’s 25 percent of us — can always get medical care through emergency rooms.” Not so: the ER will patch you up and move you on.

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DFA Daily — November 21st

Headlines from Wednesday, November 20th:

How Obamacare Could Become a Secret Weapon for McConnell’s Opponent — Talking Points Memo

The fact that Kentucky’s insurance marketplace has been wildly successful will put McConnell’s anti-Obamacare rhetoric at odds with voters’ experience.

Insurers Restricting Choice of Doctors and Hospitals to Keep Costs Down — Washington Post

The result, some argue, is a two-tiered healthcare system where top hospitals are only accessible to those covered under employer-provided insurance.

Farm Bill Talks Intensify — Politico

Food stamp cuts remain on the table even though program expenditures as a percentage of the economy are the lowest they’ve been in years.

Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Restrictions to Remain in Place — Raw Story  

SCOTUS agreed with a lower court’s decision that closing over ⅓ of facilities in Texas doesn’t restrict women’s abortion access — it only makes them “drive a greater distance.”

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There is absolutely no reason for Congress to not raise the minimum wage! Add your name and tell Congress now is the time.

“We are experiencing the largest wave of voter suppression since the enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Sign the petition.”

“Enough said.”

“If you work a full time job, you should be able to feed your family with out assistance. Tell Congress to pass a livable wage.”

“So rather than McDonald's paying their employees a liveable wage, they offer this ridiculous advice. Check it out.”

“Wall Street continues to soar, Main Street continues to struggle. It's time we as a country switch our priorities around.”

Other news:

Inside the One Man Intelligence Unit That Exposed the Secrets and Atrocities of Syria’s War — Huffington Post

Fascinating story of the arms expert who’s learned everything he knows from the internet.

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DFA Daily — November 20th

Headlines from Wednesday, November 20th:

Albuquerque Voters Reject Late-Term Abortion Ban — Talking Points Memo

In a closely-watched contest that garnered national attention, voters rejected the measure 55-45.

Black Caucus Sees Race as a Factor in Filibusters, Eyes Rules Change — Roll Call

Women and minorities seem to be filibustered a bit more than usual.

Obama Rating At Lowest Level Of Presidency — The Hill

And approval for the Affordable Care Act has fallen with it.

Top DFA Clips:

Obamacare Botches Could Derail All of Health Reform, Advocates Fear — NBC News

Two left-leaning groups, and Democracy for America, sent letters to supporters over the weekend with grim subject lines like “Obamacare in serious trouble”. They’re trying to raise money, of course, but the letters reflect a deeper fear.

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“It is quite clear that we can't go back to the old way of doing things -- Democrats must stand together on Health care reform.”

“Grab the popcorn... This needs to happen more often.”

“Share this if you support raising the minimum wage. Then make sure to add your name to our petition calling on Congress to raise it.”

“Although it's been a bumpy start, Obamacare is already changing lives for the better. Read this letter shared by Mark Takano then at your name to our petition calling on Democrats to defend healthcare reform.”

“Yet again Elizabeth Warren doing exactly what we sent her to Washington to do.”

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DFA Daily — November 19th

Headlines from Tuesday, November 19th:

Health law helpers finding more luck on — Reuters

Some call centers have seen major improvements in their ability to people in the last few days.

Private Consultants Warned of Risks Before’s Oct. 1 Launch — Washington Post

A newly disclosed document shows that major questions arose about website’s functionality as early as March.

Coal Fires Up Two Key Senate Races in 2014 — Roll Call

In Kentucky and West Virginia, coal politics will play a big role in GOP push to recapture the Senate.

DFA's Top Clips:

GOP Faces Uphill Effort in Electing More Women — Women’s News

"Female Democrats get lots of help from organizations outside the party, which is extremely useful to women who may not have the contacts that men of both parties do and need help in raising money and learning how to run successful campaigns," said Jim Dean, chair of Democracy for America, a political action committee in Burlington, Vt., which was founded in 2004 by the state's former governor, Howard Dean, to rebuild the Democratic Party and elect progressive candidates.

"Our organization has backed women like Annise Park who was elected mayor of Houston on Nov. 5, as well as candidates for school boards, state legislatures and other state and local offices that can be the stepping stones to the House," said Dean in a phone interview.

Would An Elizabeth Warren Primary Challenge to Hillary Be Good for Democrats? — Huffington Post

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."

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“Also known as sabotage.”

“Now is not the time to waver. Sign here to tell Democrats in Congress to stand strong and keep moving forward.”

“Walmart, WTF? Now is the time for a living wage. End of discussion.”

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What We Watched This Week: Nov. 15

Bernie Sanders on the economy: They Try to Shush Him But Bernie Sanders Persists: A Lesson to the Budget Committee on the REAL Problems with the U.S. Economy

Veterans and food stamps: The GOP Uses Vets for Photo Ops, Then Cuts Off This Essential Benefit: But Bernie Sanders Slams Republican Hypocrisy 

Immigration reform: Watch Two Teenagers Get Boehner to "Agree" To Something Pretty Surprising

Financial reform: Elizabeth Warren: "We've got to get back to running this country for America's families, not for its largest financial institutions."

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