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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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Who’s trying to influence your vote?

Who’s trying to influence your vote? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A guide to our political TV ad trackers.
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How A Law From The Civil War Fights Modern-Day Fraud

How A Law From The Civil War Fights Modern-Day Fraud | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A Civil War-era law that encourages whistleblowers to turn in their employers has been successful at exposing corporate fraud.
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Victory in Montgomery County, MD. Here's what you need to know. | Public Campaign

Big news: The biggest county in #Maryland just voted to #empower small donors in #politics. http://t.co/mX5Bybl9dD http://t.co/ZzQKCx3Jt2
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Supreme Court allows changes in Ohio early voting to remain in effect

Supreme Court allows changes in Ohio early voting to remain in effect | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
When there is a significant burden on voters imposed for no good reason, or imposed for a partisan reason, then courts should shut down voting restrictions. The Ohio case did not involve significant burdens.
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On CNN, Reza Aslan Explains How The Media Is Failing In Its Reporting On Islam

On CNN, Reza Aslan Explains How The Media Is Failing In Its Reporting On Islam | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

" Stoning and mutilation and those barbaric practices should be condemned and criticized by everyone. The actions of individuals and societies and countries like Iran, like Pakistan, like Saudi Arabia, must be condemned because they don't belong in the 21st century. But to say, "Muslim countries," as though Pakistan and Turkey are the same; as though Indonesia and Saudi Arabia are the same; as though somehow what is happening in the most extreme forms of these repressive countries - these autocratic countries - is representative of what's happening in every other Muslim country is frankly - and I use this word seriously - stupid. So let's stop doing that." Reza Aslan

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Time is money - YouTube

The Center for Public Integrity traveled around the U.S. to investigate the growing web of prison bankers, private vendors and corrections agencies … and how...
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For a Worker With Little Time Between 3 Jobs, a Nap Has Fatal Consequences

For a Worker With Little Time Between 3 Jobs, a Nap Has Fatal Consequences | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The death of Maria Fernandes, a 32-year-old Dunkin’ Donuts worker, has been held up as a symbol of the hardships facing the nation’s army of low-wage workers.
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Did sequestration cause the Secret Service’s problems?

Did sequestration cause the Secret Service’s problems? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A House oversight committee examined the issue on Tuesday. Here are two charts that show the agency's funding and personnel levels.
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You Can Now Find Out How Much Big Pharma Is Paying Your Doctor

You Can Now Find Out How Much Big Pharma Is Paying Your Doctor | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
There's now a public database revealing the speaking fees, consulting fees, and stake ownership of more than 500,000 physicians.
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Marijuana Legalization May Open Door To “Big Cannabis”

Marijuana Legalization May Open Door To “Big Cannabis” | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Tobacco giants have been considering the marijuana market since at least the 1960s. After all, who knows how to sell psychoactive smoke-ables better than Big Tobacco?
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Survey of Active Duty Military Shows Major Oppposition to Ground War in Iraq and Syria

Survey of Active Duty Military Shows Major Oppposition to Ground War in Iraq and Syria | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
It is possible that many soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen are beginning to see the cycle of endless war for what it is: a profit machine for the political elite.
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Dunkin' Donuts CEO: Amnesty for Illegals Will 'Stimulate the Economy'

Dunkin' Donuts CEO: Amnesty for Illegals Will 'Stimulate the Economy' | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
On Monday, Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis said all of the country's illegal immigrants should be legalized. In an interview on Fox Business, Travis said that comprehensive amnesty legislation "would bring about 11 million more people into the...
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Wikipedia used by government to smear and defame alternative media personalities

Wikipedia used by government to smear and defame alternative media personalities | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
(NaturalNews) One of the primary reasons why academic institutions prohibit the use of Wikipedia as a legitimate source for research is because the open-ended site is rife with abuse.

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Michael Dunn Found Guilty In Florida 'Loud Music' Shooting

Michael Dunn Found Guilty In Florida 'Loud Music' Shooting | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The case, which ended in a mistrial earlier this year, drew national attention because of its racial overtones. Dunn, a white man, said he shot a black teen because he felt threatened.
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Montgomery Council approves plan for public finance of local campaigns

Montgomery Council approves plan for public finance of local campaigns | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Candidates for county executive, council could opt into system that leverages money from small donors.
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Costs of Obama's New War in Iraq and Syria Set to Explode, say Analysts

Costs of Obama's New War in Iraq and Syria Set to Explode, say Analysts | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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Battle for the Senate: Who else is spending like the Koch Brothers?

Battle for the Senate: Who else is spending like the Koch Brothers? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The big spenders cross the political spectrum from Charles and David Koch and the US Chamber of Commerce on the right to billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer on the left.
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Wait, Jimmy Carter was right about American greed and consumption

Wait, Jimmy Carter was right about American greed and consumption | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Former President Jimmy Carter says the income gap in the United States has increased to the point where members of the middle class resemble the Americans who lived in poverty when he occupied the White House.

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Koch brothers freak out in response to Rolling Stone expose

Koch brothers freak out in response to Rolling Stone expose | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
David Koch, not holding up well under scrutiny.
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Terror charges against ex-Guantanamo detainee dropped

Terror charges against ex-Guantanamo detainee dropped | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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Marianne Castiglia (@feathersnpaws) | Twitter

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Because 94 million Americans did not vote in 2012, THAT's why! 

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Chomsky: Corporations and the Richest Americans Viscerally Oppose the Common Good

Chomsky: Corporations and the Richest Americans Viscerally Oppose the Common Good | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Masters of Mankind want us to become the "stupid nation," in the interests of their short-term gain -- damn the consequences.
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Exclusive - Rand Paul: Block Obama’s Next Attorney General Pick If Nominee Supports Executive Amnesty

Exclusive - Rand Paul: Block Obama’s Next Attorney General Pick If Nominee Supports Executive Amnesty | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says that he will and other senators should oppose President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder if that candidate supports the president’s planned executive...
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A Few Reminders for the GOP

A Few Reminders for the GOP | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The midterm elections are just around the corner, but I'm already looking ahead to 2016. Why? Because the GOP has a habit of screwing up presidential elections lately. It would be awesome if that didn't happen again.
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Three firefighters who responded to Ground Zero died on the same day. They all suffered from cancer.

Three firefighters who responded to Ground Zero died on the same day. They all suffered from cancer. | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Three former members of the New York City fire department who had responded to the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks died on the same day this week.
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Calif. Assault Law Requires College Students To Give Consent Before Sex

Calif. Assault Law Requires College Students To Give Consent Before Sex | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when "yes means yes" and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.
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