Daily Clips: April 28th, 2015

Republicans reach deal for budget plan, target Obamacare
Reuters – David Lawder.

It should be noted that this budget is non-binding and merely represents a policy manifesto of sorts for Congressional Republicans. It’s quite a manifesto too – it boosts military spending and cuts social programs. Sound familiar? The lack of innovative and new policy directions in the GOP is by far the most interesting aspect of this budget plan.
Washington Post – Katrina vanden Heuvel

The author, vanden Heuvel, is stunned by the intense lobbying effort put forward by the Obama administration. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) noted that Democrats have been “talked to, approached, lobbied and maybe cajoled by more Cabinet members on this issue than any issue since Barack Obama’s been president. That’s just sad.” It’s an odd digression for Obama, who up until the TPP negotiations, was pleasing many progressives with his actions and stances on immigration and minimum wage.
Washington Post – Dana Milbank

Is it just me or is Dana Milbank’s becoming more progressive? In his latest article, Milbank points out how the primary process has been hijacked by the wealthy and acts as a microcosm for how our political system has been taken over by the 1 percent (or more accurately the 0.01 percent). Think this is hot air? The Center for Responsive Politics shows that the top 1 percent of donors to super PACS contributed 67 percent of super-PAC funds in 2012.
Vox – German Lopez

Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on whether state’s can ban same-sex marriage. Vox provides a very neat and tidy overview of how far the US has come in the last ten years and where our judges most likely stand on this pivotal point in the marriage equality movement.

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Nick Cassella
Nick Cassella graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014. After graduating, he worked on the Initiative 594 campaign before joining Civic Ventures, where he now manages Civic Skunk Works' social media presence.