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Today’s Republican Party would be unrecognizable, and not likely embraced, by Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt or Dwight Eisenhower. Even in victory, it appears to make many lifelong adherents a tad uncomfortable. The Democrats lost in the Electoral College because in a time of extreme peril for our country, for the planet itself, they have no patriotic program for radical change. Ever since Lyndon Johnson came a-cropper, George McGovern lost in a landslide, Ronald Reagan declaredmorning in America”, and Bill Clinton went Republicanlite,” they’ve refused to put forth, and mobilize support around, a positive program for change that can beat the competition. They have ignored in practice their own platform. Their liberal vision of a better America is too fuzzy to draw. Lacking a program that’s easy to understand and get behind and having little to show for years of seeking compromise with the ever more uncompromising on Capitol Hill – they’ve lost credibility among many who once constituted their base.
ABC News - New South Wales
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BBC Two England
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For many, it means their jobs being outsourced and wages undercut. It means having to sit back as they watch their communities change around them. I'll be asking Michael Ignatieff, the Canadian academic and former Liberal Party leader, if the revolt against globalisation can or can't be stopped.
ABC News - New South Wales
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Washington Free Beacon
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Valerie Jarrett has been Obama's closest confidant for nearly his entire career. She spent all eight years in the White House as his senior adviser. The president and his family [shut] down a whole suburb to attend Laura Jarrett's 2012 wedding to the son of Canadian Liberal Party member of Parliament . Valerie Jarrett did not take Trump's surprise election win well. It kind of was like a, I’m not sure what the right analogy would be, but like a punch in the stomach, let’s say. Soul-crushing might be another description,” Jarrett said in December . Donald Trump sparred with CNN throughout the campaign and beyond, a feud that came to a head after the network went public with a description of a memo making wild, unverified assertions about Trump's relationship to Russia and prostitutes. Trump dismissed CNN as fake news and refused to take a question from one its reporters at his first post-election press conference .
Washington Free Beacon
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Valerie Jarrett has been Obama's closest confidant for nearly his entire career. She spent all eight years in the White House as his senior adviser. The president and his family [shut] down a whole suburb to attend Laura Jarrett's 2012 wedding to the son of Canadian Liberal Party member of Parliament . Valerie Jarrett did not take Trump's surprise election win well. It kind of was like a, I’m not sure what the right analogy would be, but like a punch in the stomach, let’s say. Soul-crushing might be another description,” Jarrett said in December . Donald Trump sparred with CNN throughout the campaign and beyond, a feud that came to a head after the network went public with a description of a memo making wild, unverified assertions about Trump's relationship to Russia and prostitutes. Trump dismissed CNN as fake news and refused to take a question from one its reporters at his first post-election press conference .
Plymouth Herald
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Plymouth Herald
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Mondoweiss
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And at the last minute, when he had some autonomy, he freed Chelsea Manning and pushed a UN resolution that is likely to have massive negative consequences for Israel's standing in the world. At the end, Obama gave a big boost to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), and earned all of Netanyahu's contempt for him. The achievement of the last eight years on the Israel-Palestine front is the successful internationalization of the resistance to occupation and to Zionism. Things are worse in Palestine, but what had been a marginal global movement eight years ago is today a broad one, and about to convulse the Democratic Party and liberal institutions. Obama's original national base the Liberal Zionists, his cabal of rich Chicago Jewish liberals is the big loser. The middle ground is vanishing. Increasingly, you are in the Greater Israel camp or in the boycott camp.
KyivPost
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Vladimir Putin’s strategy is to install pro-Moscow politicians in Ukraine. If Europe consents, his next stop will be the Baltic countries, with NATO incapable of defending them, which will put an end to the organisation, Ilya Yashin told EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview. Ilya Yashin is a Russian activist and liberal politician in Russia. He is the deputy chairman of the People’s Freedom Party (PARNAS), which was led by Boris Nemtsov until his death last year. In 2005, Yashin co-founded the Oborona youth movement, and until 2008, he was the leader of the Yabloko Party’s youth wing. After Nemtsov’s murder, Yashin continued to work on Nemtsov’s report, Putin. War, about Russia’s involvement in Ukraine. Read the full interview here. The post EurActiv: Russian activist says if Putin regains Ukraine, the Baltics are next appeared first on KyivPost .
Sky News
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I have made it very clear that the Labour Party accepts and respects the will of the British people. We will not block Article 50. But whether the Liberal Democrats will do the same remains to be seen. There are much fewer MPs in the House of Commons. What has Tim Farron said, she goes to Davos to lecture businesses about threatening the little guy and yet she threatens to turn the UK into Europe's biggest tax haven.
Global News
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Slate
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Last year was the most bitter year for liberal democracy since the depths of World War II . In just about every major election, populists carried the day by railing against the liberal order. Britain voted to Brexit, the Philippines to elect Rodrigo Duterte, and the United States to enthrone Donald Trump. (And then there was Italy , Slovakia , the regional elections in Germany, and much more besides.) By the end of the year, the string of upsets had become so constant that it was widely seen as a major victory when Norbert Hofer—whose ironically named Freedom Party has deep links to the neo-Nazi movement—“merely” got 46 percent of the vote in Austria’s presidential elections.
MintPress News
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Since Trump’s election, Democratic elected officials, liberal media, and entertainment personalities and their supporters have instead targeted him with allegations of collusion with Russia during the presidential election. Some of these figures plan protests of their own around the inauguration, with messaging largely rejected by other organizers. “The claims by the intelligence agencies, the Democrats, and the media aligned with them are almost entirely propaganda,” Iosbaker said. “The CIA works for the president, and Obama is no doubt concerned about the terribly weakened condition of the Democratic Party. That is the most likely explanation of the roots of the claim of Russian hacking.” Zituni agreed. “The U.S. government, and especially the CIA, is in no position to denounce foreign meddling in elections with their hideous and absolutely unparalleled track record of aggressive coups and other anti-democratic interventions,” she said.
Oxford Mail
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Sky News
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But will it happen and is it enough to fix the housing crisis? I'm joined by the executive chairman of the Home Builders Federation, Stewart Baseley, and the Liberal Democrat peer, Baroness Bakewell. She used to be the party's housing spokesperson. Thank you both for joining us. Cathy, just how bad is it in terms of the availability of housing? It really is very bad.
Politico
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“The American people know what they want,” she said in an interview, urging an emphasis on economic opportunity. “If Donald Trump and his Republican Party can’t deliver on any of that, then the American people will see that he’s not on their side.” Trump has made it easy by stacking his administration with millionaires and billionaires whose confirmation preparations included memorizing the price of milk so they dont seem out of touchpeople like Treasury pick Steven Mnuchin, whose bank once foreclosed on a 90-year-old woman’s house when she made a 27-cent payment error. “Donald Trump with these appointments is saying squarely to the American people that he lied to them and his promise is worth nothing,” adds Warren. “That’s the point to keep making.” Connecticut’s Chris Murphy, seen by many as a rising liberal leader of the Senate, makes a slightly different argument.
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The Iran Project
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Politico
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And, Brock added, “there is very little overlap between the attendees of our meeting and the Democracy Alliance partners. Only a handful of DA partners are coming to our conference.” Nonetheless, after POLITICO revealed Brock’s plans for the conference, the DA announced that its annual spring conference, which is typically held in late April in California, would instead be moved up to mid-March in Washington, and that it would “focus exclusively” on state politics. People familiar with the DA's planning said the group has for weeks been aggressively reaching out to liberal organizations in a bid to get them involved with that gathering. Yet the DA also faces internal pressure not to shift too much into partisan politics or to become too affiliated with the Democratic Party — a tricky balancing act highlighted in literature distributed to its donors at its fall meeting at Washington’s Mandarin Oriental hotel a week after Election Day.
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The flaw in Cohen's argument is that he cannot say how powerful the lobby is that produced such cowardice in Obama. Almost all American Zionists (including The Israel Policy Forum) opposed the UN Security Council resolution; and it is this faction that compelled Obama to veto a similar resolution in 2011 at the U.N. Today the Democratic Party is in revolt against that Obama decision because of the strength of pro-Israel Jews in the party. What was Obama up against? Here is liberal Zionist fellow-traveler Michael Tomasky in the Daily Beast blasting Obama for taking on Netanyahu. [Failure #5] Overplaying His Hand With Bibi Early On. This has nothing to do with the merits of Obama’s position on the settlements, but too much pressure too soon on Netanyahu started a downward spiral in the dynamic that could never be fixed. Democrats in Congress came to Bibi’s defense publicly and privately, and Obama was isolated against Likud and its bipartisan supporters.