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Obama’s daring liberal agenda is neither daring nor liberal. Discuss.

Obama’s daring liberal agenda is neither daring nor liberal. Discuss. | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Excerpt from piece by Zachary A. GoldfarbWashington Post
 

Opinion polls show that on almost all of the major positions Obama espoused in his speech — entitlements, immigration, climate change and same-sex marriage — a majority of Americans agree with him.

By that measure, Obama did not advance a liberal agenda. A consequential one, certainly, but one that reflects centrist views or center-left ones at most. The agenda seems liberal only when judged against the liberal-conservative divide we’re used to in Washington.

Over the past four years, politics in the nation’s capital has been consumed by the fight between the president and tea party Republicans.

But because Obama is far closer to the center than the tea party is, what counts as middle ground in Washington is more conservative than the political center nationwide. In this setting, even centrist proposals face mighty legislative hurdles.


Beyond the capital’s divisions, citizens across the country resist the “liberal” label — even though polls showthat they tend to hold liberal positions on individual issues. Political scientists call this “symbolic” vs. “operational” ideology.


According to one poll, 74 percent of Americans support regulating greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. According to another, 68 percent oppose cutting spending on Medicaid, the public health insurance program for the poor. And other polls show that more than half of Americans favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, a vast majority opposecuts in education or transportation funding, and a slim majority support same-sex marriage. [MORE]

Coffee Party USA's insight:

We're no longer a "center right nation." But is our national conversation framed by what the People think, or by what politicians, pundits, and lobbyists tell us we think? In the age of social media, how much longer will we allow them to tell us what we think? —Eric Byler

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Niccolo Casewit's curator insight, January 27, 2013 9:44 AM

We should not confuse the media with the people's opinion.

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Tale of Two Cities: NYC approves ‘poor door’ for luxury high-rise

Tale of Two Cities: NYC approves ‘poor door’ for luxury high-rise | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
New York City is moving forward with a proposal that calls for a new high-rise apartment complex to feature separate doors for wealthy tenants and those living in the building’s affordable housing unit.
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Snowden Says Drop Dropbox, Use SpiderOak - Digits - WSJ

Snowden Says Drop Dropbox, Use SpiderOak - Digits - WSJ | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Edward Snowden singled out cloud-storage provider Dropbox for lacking security measures he says would protect users from government snooping. He then plugged smaller competitor SpiderOak, which he says does.
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New Snowden Leak: Only 10% of 160,000 Intercepted Messages from Actual Targets | VPN Creative

New Snowden Leak: Only 10% of 160,000 Intercepted Messages from Actual Targets | VPN Creative | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Last night, a new set of Snowden documents hit the wires which report that of the 160,000 messages intercepted by the NSA between 2009 and 2012, a mere...
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Miami will be swallowed as sea levels rise, but the climate change deniers who run it look the other way

Miami will be swallowed as sea levels rise, but the climate change deniers who run it look the other way | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Let's see if the Coffee Party has the courage to share this fact:

Climate change is one of those issues that's too important to sugar coat. If you're a climate science denier and you're voting for people like Rubio, you're part of the problem. Simple as that.

- Greg Russak

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Americans Are Too Stupid For GMO Labeling, Congressional Panel Says

Americans Are Too Stupid For GMO Labeling, Congressional Panel Says | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- It's pretty rare that members of Congress and all the witnesses they've called will declare out loud that Americans are just too ignorant to be given a piece of information, but that was a key conclusion of a session of the House Agricu...
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Israel ground forces invade Gaza

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A Gaza official says all borders "are under fire."
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U.S. Turns Back on Child Migrants After Its Policies in Guatemala, Honduras Sowed Seeds of Crisis

U.S. Turns Back on Child Migrants After Its Policies in Guatemala, Honduras Sowed Seeds of Crisis | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
As tens of thousands of children cross the U.S. border fleeing violence in their native Central American home countries, we look at the historical roots of the crisis.
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Palestinians reject Israel's offer for emergency blood supply to Gaza - Diplomacy and DefenseIsrael News - Haaretz Israeli News source

Palestinians reject Israel's offer for emergency blood supply to Gaza - Diplomacy and DefenseIsrael News - Haaretz Israeli News source | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
An offer by Magen David Adom to organize blood donation drives among Jews or Palestinians was also rejected. (Israel’s Magen David Adom offers blood donations for Gaza. Palestinian Authority declines.
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Outside groups pumped $2.6 million into North Carolina's primaries

Outside groups pumped $2.6 million into North Carolina's primaries | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A new Facing South/Institute for Southern Studies analysis finds that super PACs and other outside groups spent more than $2.6 million targeting state races in North Carolina's 2014 primaries, with al (Outside groups pumped $2.6 M into NC primaries,...
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Senate Re-Authorizes Government's Role In Terrorism Insurance

Senate Re-Authorizes Government's Role In Terrorism Insurance | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Senate has voted to reauthorize terrorism risk insurance, to help businesses stay solvent in the event of attacks. The bill faces a tougher road in the House, where some Republicans want to reduce the potential price tag for taxpayers.
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The Missile That Likely Shot Down MH17

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The missile system most likely used to shoot down Malaysia Airline MH17 is common, lethal, and crewed by men with little training. They also just made life very difficult for their allies in Moscow.
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California governor signs bill legalizing bitcoin

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California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill making alternative currencies, including bitcoin, lawful in the state.
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Facebook manipulated users' emotions as part of psychological experiment – study

Facebook manipulated users' emotions as part of psychological experiment – study | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Facebook conducted a psychological experiment on its users by manipulating their emotions without their knowledge, a new study reveals.
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Snowden Says Drop Dropbox, Use SpiderOak - Digits - WSJ

Snowden Says Drop Dropbox, Use SpiderOak - Digits - WSJ | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Edward Snowden singled out cloud-storage provider Dropbox for lacking security measures he says would protect users from government snooping. He then plugged smaller competitor SpiderOak, which he says does.
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Behold, the drunk uncle-ization of America

Behold, the drunk uncle-ization of America | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

A country made up mostly of good, intelligent, kindhearted people is letting a small but noisy part of the populace paint an entirely different face for the world to see, a face that sneers at reason and science, and eschews kindness for righteous indignation. With the voracious 24-hour news cycle and the reach of social media, these people are making us the embarrassing relative that causes the other nations at the dinner table to shake their heads.

 

Perhaps it's time we found a way to sober up.

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The Best Supreme Court Money Can Buy | Nomadic Politics

The Best Supreme Court Money Can Buy | Nomadic Politics | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The disgrace of the Supreme Court's infatuation with corporations will, unfortunately, leave a stain on American justice long after the conservative Justices have retired.
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Elizabeth Warren, Hypocrite, Supports Ex-Im Bank - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Elizabeth Warren, Hypocrite, Supports Ex-Im Bank - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The woman best known for demonizing big businesses nevertheless wants to maintain an outlandishly generous subsidy package for them.
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Treasury Secretary Calls For Corporate Tax Code Overhaul

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Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is asking U.S. companies to show their patriotism by resisting the temptation to reduce their tax bill by moving abroad. He was interviewed by CNBC on Wednesday.
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Bank settles in Calif. fraud case

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High-profile politicians say the bank should have known that a campaign treasurer was embezzling.
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Horror on Gaza Beach: New York Times Photographer Witnesses Israeli Killing of 4 Palestinian Boys

Horror on Gaza Beach: New York Times Photographer Witnesses Israeli Killing of 4 Palestinian Boys | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Israel says it is considering a new ceasefire proposal from Egypt that would take effect on Friday.
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Detroiters Blockade Water Shutoff Trucks - YouTube

Press Contact: Monica Lewis Patrick (313)-530-0054 To learn more go to: http://detroitwaterbrigade.org A group of ordinary Detroit residents acted early Thur...
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While Campaigning For Other Democrats, Sen. Warren Gains Fans

While Campaigning For Other Democrats, Sen. Warren Gains Fans | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Senator Elizabeth Warren has had a busy mid-term election season campaigning for Democratic Senate hopefuls — especially women — across the country. Warren has ruled out a presidential run in 2016.
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NBC correspondent returns to Gaza

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NBC News is sending a high-profile correspondent back into Gaza after unexpectedly removing him.
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Can Rand Bring Blacks Back to the GOP?

Can Rand Bring Blacks Back to the GOP? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Fifty years after Goldwater, the Kentucky Senator is trying to repair the GOP's image with African-American voters.
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US first marijuana-infused meals sold from food truck in Washington

US first marijuana-infused meals sold from food truck in Washington | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A food truck is set to sell weed-infused meals openly in Washington for the first time – that’s after a vote in favor of legalization in 2012.
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