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Senate defeats Keystone XL pipeline (usatoday.com)
Oil / Climate Change
>In a bit of melodrama, article casts defeat as a “blow to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)” reelection chances. Still, White House indicated it would veto. McConnell will likely try again next Congress.
The Jon Gruber controversy and what it means for Obamacare, explained (vox.com)
Affordable Care Act
>Good background of “Grubergate” and the reasons it could prove consequential for an upcoming SCOTUS case challenging elements of the ACA
Ukraine Readies for Possible Russian-backed Attack (voanews.com)
Putin / NATO
>Russian troops and equipment have moved into Ukrainian territory, as Kiev readies for “total war.”
Obama’s potential immigration plan could enter uncharted territory (washingtonpost.com)
Immigration Reform / Executive Action
>Congress is figuring how to challenge the president’s decision, but the truth is, short of finally passing their own immigration law, there’s not much they can do.

FRESH CUTS

The Democrats’ mutual denial society

President Obama holds a press conference at the White House after the 2014 midterm  elections, Nov. 5, 2014 (whitehouse.gov)

If the Democrats running statewide in North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, Louisiana and Kentucky had not tried so hard to distance themselves from Obama, by not meeting with him, not having him campaign for them, touting his economic record and and his call for a raise in the minimum wage, the successes of Obamacare and the efforts at fair pay and immigration reform, they might have won.

They disavowed the leader of their party by refusing to say if they voted for him, by stammering through questions about his policies and even by omitting their party affiliation from their campaign ads. They could not run away fast enough.

The problem for the Democrats in states the president recognized he lost in 2012, was that they became blatheringly and disingenuously defensive. Rather than assert, “Yes, I support these policies. They are good for the middle class and for the American people,” they sought to distinguish themselves from President Obama with ineffective TV ads.

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Broken government comes from a broken electorate

Volunteers at a Democratic field office in DeKalb County, Georgia, use Obama campaign methods to reach out to targeted voters. (PBG/Prose and Thorn)

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Electing Democrats in Georgia eases the path to Liberal Progressivism

Michelle Nunn, Jason Carter

OTHER RECENT ESSAYS

Is another 6 years of obstruction what we really need in the Senate?

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Nunn’s strength: caring community through corporate involvement

From hhs.gov

Ebola: Has ‘America lost its mind?’

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Voter’s gamble in a casino where election officials rig the game

(Adapted from White House photo)

Trust broken, empowerment renewed – the new Obama legacy

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On the Video

Lava flow crawling through Hawaiian town, disintegrating everything in its growing path (KHNL via CS Monitor)

Cenk Uyger reports on “mafia” politics of Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) fighting charges of corruption with more corruption, targeting Mayday PAC (TYT)

Reassuring confidence from head of NIH on US handling of Ebola (The White House)

I Voted
Obamacare-getcovered

Michelle Nunn for US Senate

Michelle Nunn for Senate

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