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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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What We Watched This Week: Nov. 25


Social Security: Senator Warren Slams Social Security Cuts: Not An American Value To "Decide Who Among Us Is Left To Starve" 

Minimum wage: More "Tips" From McDonalds Show It Has No Idea What It's Like to Be a Poor McDonalds Employee

Poverty in America: Senator Sanders and Warren Hearing: What Does Poverty Do To the Brain? 

Income inequality: This Kickstarter Campaign Will Make You Angry, Then Sad. Then It'll Make You Want to Do Something About It

Fox News and Obamacare: Watch Megyn Kelly Grasp for Words As Fox News Gets Called Out for Sabatoging Obamacare

Filibuster reform: In Three Minutes, You'll Learn All You Need to Know About Reid's Decision to Scrap the Filibuster

Activism: You'll Want to Check Your "Civil Obedience" At the Door After Listening to This Powerful Reading

Hunger and inequality in America: Think The Hunger Games Is Fiction? Think Again...

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DFA Daily — November 25th

Headlines from Monday, November 25:

Judges Decline to Reverse Stop-And-Frisk Ruling, All But Ending Mayor’s Fight — New York Times

The ruling had said police violated the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure.

In 16 States, Unemployment Is At Its Lowest in At Least Four Years — Washington Post

The jobs recovery is still moving slowly, though.

New Breed Of Senate Democrats Drove Filibuster Change — LA Times

A newer class of Senate Democrats is more willing to push back on Republican obstructionism.

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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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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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