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Summary | Barack Obama, Change We Can Believe In: Week of December 5

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  • Obama's Naivete on Bipartisanship Has Finally Caught Up to Him
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  • What We Lost After We Won in 2008
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Pat Oliphant

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Note to “the Left”: Obama Hates You, Paul Street, Z Communications
No matter how fiercely Obama demonstrates his determination (consistent with his longstanding “deeply conservative” instincts) to govern from the center-right, a dedicated cadre of liberals and progressives will persevere with the line that it’s our own damn fault. This is a mistaken and dysfunctional narrative.

Obama's Naivete on Bipartisanship Has Finally Caught Up to Him, Howard Fineman, Huffington Post
My questions are: What planet do he and they (Obama and his advisors) think they are on? And have they paid any attention to Sen. Mitch McConnell?

The Big Economic Story, and Why Obama Isn't Telling It, Robert Reich, Huffington Post
Unless the President and Democrats explain why the economy still stinks for most Americans and offer a plan to fix it, the Republican explanation and solution -- it's big government's fault, and all we need do is shrink it -- will prevail.

What We Lost After We Won in 2008, Marilyn Katz, In These Times

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  • An anti-war activist explains what the Democratic establishment fails to understand.
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  • Two years after an election that saw record voter turnout and engaged huge numbers of new voters, a sense of anomie and disconnection has replaced euphoria.
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  • This article is part of In These Times' December issue cover package, Where We Go From Here. The other cover story is Amy Dean's "A New Blueprint for Change."
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WikiLeaks Cable: White House Worked With GOP To Kill Bush Torture Probe, David Corn, Mother Jones
A WikiLeaks cable shows that when Spain considered a criminal case against ex-Bush officials, the Obama White House and Republicans got really bipartisan.