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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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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, Moveon.org 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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DFA Daily — November 19th

Headlines from Tuesday, November 19th:

Health law helpers finding more luck on Healthcare.gov — Reuters

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

Private Consultants Warned of Risks Before Healthcare.gov’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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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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DFA Daily — November 15th

Headlines from Friday, November 15:

Health Care Law’s Problems Test Loyalty of Dems in Congress — Washington Post

The White House urged Democratic lawmakers not to support a House GOP bill expected to pass today that could keep millions of people out of the exchange by allowing people to keep their old insurance through ACA’s “grandfather provisions.”

Obama Plan Could Shift Blame to Insurers — The Hill

Obama is hoping to pin more blame on insurers for the cancellation of insurance policies.

Top DFA Clips:

Howard Dean Raising Funds for Herring AG Race — Times Dispatch

Democracy for America, a political action committee founded by Dean, said in a news release that since last week it has raised more than $25,000 for Democrat Jennifer Boysko, a candidate for the House of Delegates, in case there is a recount in her race against Del. Thomas Davis Rust, R-Fairfax.

Paul Ryan Gets 700,000 ‘No’ Votes on Social Security Cuts — Common Dreams

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., spearheaded the effort in the Senate. (The other participating organizations were the Alliance for Retired Americans, Campaign for Community Change, DailyKos, Democracy for America, The Other 98%, Progressives United, Social Security Works and USAction.)

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Other news:

Report: Billion-Dollar TSA Program To Look for Suspicious Passengers Works ‘Slightly Better Than Chance’— Raw Story

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