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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.

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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.


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DFA Daily — December 2nd

Headlines from Tuesday, December 2nd:

Website Sign-Ups Said to Reach 100,000 in Month — Bloomberg News

The jump in sign-ups happened even before the majority of website improvements were completed.

House Lines Up Year-End Blitz — The Hill 

There are three big pieces of legislation to finish by the year's end, and it's unlikely that all three will be finished. 

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DFA Daily — November 27th

Headlines from Wednesday, November 27th:

Pope Francis Rips Capitalism and Trickle-Down Economics in New Policy Statement — Raw Story

Pope Francis says inequality is the root of social ills.

How Republicans Can Still Block Obama’s Judges: Blue Slips — Talking Points Memo

The process asks home state senators to approve the judge nominated for their state. If they disapprove, the process can grind to a halt.

State Successes Show Health Care Law Can Work — Politico

California, Washington, Connecticut, and Kentucky are states where the process is working particularly well.

After Internal Review of Benghazi Report, CBS Puts Lara Logan on Leave — NPR

Initially, there had been surprisingly little reaction to Logan’s news segment on a very flawed story.

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DFA Daily — November 26th

Headlines from Tuesday, November 26th:

Supreme Court Weighs New Obamacare Dispute — Talking Points Memo

In March, arguments will begin concerning companies’ objections to the birth control mandate.

Healthcare Website Won’t Be Perfect on Dec. 1st, Administration Says — The Hill

Spokesperson says it will only “work much better.”

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