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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]

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

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In days, the most important FCC decision of our lifetime happens -- save net neutrality or lose it forever...

In days, the most important FCC decision of our lifetime happens -- save net neutrality or lose it forever... | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The most important FCC vote of our lifetime is about to happen, but Congress is trying to kill net neutrality. Help us change history.
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CIA On Trial In Virginia For Planting Nuke Evidence In Iran

CIA On Trial In Virginia For Planting Nuke Evidence In Iran | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
 
The reactor building of Iran’s nuclear power plant is seen, at Bushehr, Iran,  750 miles (1,245 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, in this Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, file photo.
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D.C. Moves Forward With Marijuana Legalization Initiative

D.C. Moves Forward With Marijuana Legalization Initiative | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) submitted the District of Columbia's new marijuana legalization initiative to Congress Tuesday, ignoring an effort by congressional Republicans to block the measure.
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Police Union President Throws Written Tantrum Over Accountability

Police Union President Throws Written Tantrum Over Accountability | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
City Strips Cops of Right to Investigate Officer Involved Shootings.
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Those Who Serve Are Not Protected

Those Who Serve Are Not Protected | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
These servants of the people risk danger every time they go out.
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US Senators Will Be Forced To Tell If They Believe Climate Change Is Real

US Senators Will Be Forced To Tell If They Believe Climate Change Is Real | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
In a brilliant move, one U.S. Senator is forcing his colleagues to vote on a bill that says they believe climate change is real and happening.
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Florida Grants Insurance Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses Of State Workers

Florida Grants Insurance Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses Of State Workers | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
In a move sure to give Pam Bondi indigestion, the Florida Department of Management Services has announced same-sex spouses of state employees are now eligible for health insurance and retirement benefits.
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Politics Done Right With Egberto Willies

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Politics Done Right With Egberto Willies is a political talk show on current events. While the show has a admittedly liberal bent, it seeks to engage citizens of all political ideologies to foment a healthy discourse.
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French Comedian Arrested After Facebook Post Government Deemed “Apologist To Terrorism”

French Comedian Arrested After Facebook Post Government Deemed “Apologist To Terrorism” | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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Controversial French Comedian Dieudonné has been arrested over comments he made seeming to express solidarity with one of last week’s killer gunmen.
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White House Starts Chipping Away At U.S. Embargo On Cuba

White House Starts Chipping Away At U.S. Embargo On Cuba | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Obama administration is following through on its pledge to ease travel and trade restrictions on Cuba. The Treasury and Commerce Departments say the new rules they have just issued go into effect on Friday.
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GM corn and soy cause damage to liver, kidneys, DNA, reproduction and blood according to new study

GM corn and soy cause damage to liver, kidneys, DNA, reproduction and blood according to new study | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
(NaturalNews) New research published in the Turkish Journal of Biology completely shatters the myth that GMOs (genetically modified organisms) have been scientifically vested as safe.
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Mass surveillance is fundamental threat to human rights, says European report

Mass surveillance is fundamental threat to human rights, says European report | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Europe’s top rights body says scale of NSA spying is ‘stunning’ and suggests UK powers may be at odds with rights convention Europe’s top rights body has said mass surveillance practices are a fundamental threat to human rights and violate the...
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Dear Obama Hater - You Just Wasted A Decade Of Your Life

Dear Obama Hater - You Just Wasted A Decade Of Your Life | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Lots of you continue to get unhinged emails from people on Facebook, your drunk uncle, and various Tea Party relatives. Here's a gentle response to them....

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Good Cop Files Lawsuit Against Corrupt Department That Told Him ‘If You Snitch, Your Career Is Done’

Good Cop Files Lawsuit Against Corrupt Department That Told Him ‘If You Snitch, Your Career Is Done’ | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
“Where are all the good cops?” Critics of police brutality and abuse of power often wonder this – sometimes aloud, often on social media.
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To get their diploma, Arizona students must pass citizenship test

To get their diploma, Arizona students must pass citizenship test | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Proponents of the new law claim that Americans do not know enough about civics, but some believe that using US citizenship tests isn’t the best way to promote civic awareness.
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Berkeley Protests Prompt Local Police to Push for Drones

Berkeley Protests Prompt Local Police to Push for Drones | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.
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Former Mayor Charged With Child Pornography And Torturing Kittens

Former Mayor Charged With Child Pornography And Torturing Kittens | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
And he filmed it.
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Newly Developed ‘Cyborg’ Technology Brings Hope for Paralyzed People to Walk Again

Newly Developed ‘Cyborg’ Technology Brings Hope for Paralyzed People to Walk Again | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
French researchers have unveiled a new technology which has already made paralyzed rats walk again, and they hope too use it on humans next.
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Pastor Warns Lawmakers To Protect Against 'Evil' Of Gay 'Erotic Liberty', AKA, 'Marriage'

Pastor Warns Lawmakers To Protect Against 'Evil' Of Gay 'Erotic Liberty', AKA, 'Marriage' | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A prominent Baptist preacher delivering the morning devotional at the Georgia statehouse today warned lawmakers against gay people's "erotic liberty."
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What Freedom of Speech?

What Freedom of Speech? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The photos of 40 of the world’s government leaders marching arm-in-arm along a Paris boulevard on Sunday with the president of the United States not among them was a provocative image that has fomented much debate.
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US federal agent describes capture of alleged Silk Road founder

US federal agent describes capture of alleged Silk Road founder | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Court hears how federal agents trapped Ross Ulbricht, the alleged founder of the online black market bazaar, while he was logged on A federal agent told jurors he covertly became an employee of the website Silk Road, chatting with its operator...
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Colorado Police Chiefs Host Marijuana Summit, Discuss Legalization Impact

Colorado Police Chiefs Host Marijuana Summit, Discuss Legalization Impact | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police are hosting a conference this week to discuss the impact of legal marijuana on law enforcement and public safety one year after recreational dispensaries opened in the state.
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Exclusive: Serial Prosecutor Defends Guilty Verdict in Adnan Syed case, Part II

Exclusive: Serial Prosecutor Defends Guilty Verdict in Adnan Syed case, Part II | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Last week, The Intercept published Part I of an interview with Kevin Urick, the lead prosecutor in the murder trial of Adnan Syed. In 2000, Syed was convicted of murdering his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, and is currently serving a life sentence.
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