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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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George Washington’s Farewell Address: A ‘Warning Against the Impostures of Pretended Patriotism’

George Washington’s Farewell Address: A ‘Warning Against the Impostures of Pretended Patriotism’ | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
On Independence Day, against official claims that mass domestic surveillance is needed to ensure U.S. security, Truthdig reprints the farewell address of the first president of the United States.
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Wealthy corporatists have been playing poor whites for fools since the founding. They still are.

Wealthy corporatists have been playing poor whites for fools since the founding. They still are. | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Tim Wise says the "white" race was created by the wealthy elite to trick poor, landless Europeans into siding with them. The corporatists, then as now, were selling the lies of racism, the American...
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Mormon Church Gives First Ever Donation To LGBT Youth Group

Mormon Church Gives First Ever Donation To LGBT Youth Group | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
This contribution marks a significant moment in the relationship between the church and the gay, bisexual and transsexual community. - Kent Frogley, President Utah Pride Center Board of Directors 
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Obama to deploy more U.S. troops to Iraq in fight against Islamic State | The Heralding

Obama to deploy more U.S. troops to Iraq in fight against Islamic State | The Heralding | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered further 450 U.S. troops to be deployed to Iraq in order to advice and assist the Iraqi forces in their reclamat
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Under Cover of Darkness, Female Janitors Face Rape and Assault

Under Cover of Darkness, Female Janitors Face Rape and Assault | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Across the country, janitors at companies large and small say their employers have turned a blind eye to complaints of sexual assault, and attacked their credibility when they report abuse at the hands of supervisors or co-workers.
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House rejects Authorization of Use of Military Force bill against Islamic State | The Heralding

House rejects Authorization of Use of Military Force bill against Islamic State | The Heralding | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The House of Representatives led by the Republicans has rejected an amendment to the Defense bill on Thursday, a day after President Barack Obama ordered 450
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Rhode Island Uses Nullification in Hemp Debate

Rhode Island Uses Nullification in Hemp Debate | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Will the debate on whether the sovereign states may produce industrial hemp within their borders strengthen federalism, as states nullify unconstitutional federal laws?
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Breaking: Embattled Archbishop Of St. Paul Resigns After Archdiocese Charged With Sex Abuse Coverup

Breaking: Embattled Archbishop Of St. Paul Resigns After Archdiocese Charged With Sex Abuse Coverup | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Archbishop John Nienstedt, who waged war against the gay community, has resigned after his archdiocese was charged with the coverup of child sex abuse by a priest.
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Port Of Seattle Votes To Delay Arrival Of Shell Oil Rigs, But The Fight’s Not Over Yet

Port Of Seattle Votes To Delay Arrival Of Shell Oil Rigs, But The Fight’s Not Over Yet | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Facing public pressure, the Port of Seattle voted Tuesday to request that Shell's Arctic drilling rigs be delayed.
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Senate Vote Is a Victory for Obama on Trade, but a Tougher Test Awaits

Senate Vote Is a Victory for Obama on Trade, but a Tougher Test Awaits | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Senator Mitch McConnell aligned with the president to push the deal, which would link 12 nations on either side of the Pacific into a trading bloc and expand the president’s trading authority. The legislation still requires House approval.
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The lies we are told about "free trade"

The lies we are told about "free trade" | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

"Last week didn’t go as hoped for by the President. The House, thanks mostly to a demonstration of leadership by Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, put the brakes on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as fast track authority."

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Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Illinois Republican is accused of taking the money out in chunks of less than $10,000 to evade reporting requirements, and of lying to the FBI about it.
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In Nebraska vote, sign of broader conservative backlash to death penalty

In Nebraska vote, sign of broader conservative backlash to death penalty | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Nebraska Legislature abolished the death penalty by overriding the governor's veto. The vote points to a broader trend nationwide.
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The Trick of Whiteness, Historically and Today - @timjacobwise

The Trick of Whiteness, Historically and Today - @timjacobwise | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

There was no "white" race until it was created as a trick by the elite to get poor, landless Europeans to side with them against indigenous peoples and people of color in support of chattel slavery.

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The Intercept’s Summer Reading List

The Intercept’s Summer Reading List | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Every Man Dies Alone
By Hans Fallada
The most fascinating book I’ve read about surveillance and its crushing effect on political dissent is Hans Fallada’s Every Man Dies Alone.
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U.S. House rejects measure to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq and Syria | The Heralding

U.S. House rejects measure to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq and Syria | The Heralding | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The House of Representatives has rejected the resolution on Wednesday with which President Barack Obama would be forced to pull out all American troops from
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New Details About Drone Attacks Reported From Documents Leaked by Snowden

New Details About Drone Attacks Reported From Documents Leaked by Snowden | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
  An MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle prepares to land after a mission in Afghanistan in this photo from 2007. (Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson / U.S.
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Map: The Largest Donors to State Elections

Map: The Largest Donors to State Elections | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The post Map: The Largest Donors to State Elections appeared first on The Bulletin.
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In Pennsylvania, Ballot Access Is Not Equal

In Pennsylvania, Ballot Access Is Not Equal | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
It took just 500 write-in votes for lifelong Democrats Chelsa Wagner and John Weinstein to get their names on the November ballots as Republicans, but it
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Gaius Publius: Astroturf “Progressive” Support for the TPP – Meet “270 Solutions”

Gaius Publius: Astroturf “Progressive” Support for the TPP – Meet “270 Solutions” | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
[Diarist's Note: Gaius Publius, via Naked Capitalism Publisher Yves Smith, has provided the diarist with authorization to reproduce their post, in its entirety, for the benefit of the Daily Kos ...
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‘Fast Track’ Would Hand the Money Monopoly to Private Banks—Permanently

‘Fast Track’ Would Hand the Money Monopoly to Private Banks—Permanently | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
If successful, the rush to “fast track” a trio of controversial trade deals would nip attempts to implement public banking and other monetary reforms in the bud.
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Brennan Center on Twitter

Brennan Center on Twitter | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Since 2010 election, 21 states have new #voting restrictions: http://trib.al/P2uAU3B #votingrights pic.twitter.com/EUfL8yQCHt
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Here's How Much Corporations Paid US Senators to Fast-track the TPP Bill

Here's How Much Corporations Paid US Senators to Fast-track the TPP Bill | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A decade in the making, the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is reaching its climax and

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