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Dems endorse Occupy Wall Street in droves

As labor unions flocked to their side Wednesday for a massive demonstration in New York City, Occupy Wall Street picked up some fresh political capital with prominent Democrats, and they’re not ashamed to say it. Speaking to The National Memo this week, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) and Sen.…

Feingold: Occupy Wall St. ‘will make the tea party look like a tea party’

Add Russ Feingold to the list of prominent names backing Occupy Wall Street. The former Wisconsin senator sat down for an interview with the Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent and stated how the protests will outdo its right-wing counterpart. “This is like the Tea Party — only it’s real,” he said.…

Progressive Democrats press Obama on jobs

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers from the left-flank of President Barack Obama’s Democratic party pressed him Thursday to combat high unemployment with “large-scale programs” including infrastructure spending. “With 14 million Americans still looking for work, this is not the time to tinker around the edges. We must take bold action,” Democratic Representatives…

Black Caucus, progressives to oppose debt deal

“The leaders of both parties in both chambers have reached an agreement that will reduce the deficit and avoid default,” President Barack Obama said in a brief statement to the press Sunday night at the White House. Just because Obama has House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader…

Progressive caucus splits on Libya, abandons joint resolution opposing intervention

WASHINGTON – Soon after President Barack Obama declared last Friday that the U.S. would wage a military intervention in Libya, members of the 75-strong House Progressive Caucus began quietly discussing how to oppose the effort with maximum impact. By the weekend, when the first U.S. missiles struck Libya, a full…

House Dem: Wisconsin Gov. Walker like a ‘dictator’

WASHINGTON – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the co-chair of the House progressive caucus, said Wednesday that Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker is behaving like a “dictator.” Walker has been “absolutely unreasonable, and is basically taking on the posture of a dictator,” Ellison told reporters on a conference call organized by…

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