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Links 1 through 10 of 46 by Tom Watson tagged obama

Peter Daou on a handful of lefty bloggers' influence over President Obama's sagging mojo: "When Robert Gibbs attacked the professional left he didn’t specify anyone by name, but the assumption was that it was cable personalities, disaffected interest groups, bloggers and online commenters. With each passing day, I’m beginning to realize that the crux of the problem for Obama is a handful of prominent progressive bloggers, among them Glenn Greenwald, John Aravosis, Digby, Marcy Wheeler and Jane Hamsher*."

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My Chronicle op-ed piece on President Obama: "While it's certain that the president's message of change and dynamic personal appeal inspired a virtual army of supporters, the overwhelming success of the Obama campaign on the Web also tends to eclipse how the nature of online communications is changing philanthropy."

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An important post by Dr. Susan Raymond: "Estimates vary, but the last 18 months have seen something on the order of $10 trillion in disappeared assets in the American economy, as much as $25 trillion globally. Storied names in finance are no more. Whole industries teeter. Unemployment creeps toward double digits. This is not the end of the economic world, however much the itchy fingers of banner headline writers wish to press those keys. But it is a very, very serious time indeed."

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Two politically active young producers identify organizations they believe are poised to engage young people ignited by the recent election process - fascinating video worth watching.

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Al Giordano: "So when [Obama] begins to speak from the steps of the US Capitol on Tuesday morning, wherever you are, imagine yourself in that church basement or union hall or community center in a neighborhood that is about to get much bigger."

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Josh Levy: "With almost 8,000 ideas, more than 600,000 votes, and more than 175,000 participants, the Ideas for Change initiative has shown the widespread interest across the country in renewed civic participation and direct engagement in policymaking."

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Micah Sifry: "...we are entering uncharted territory. No president has ever entered office with an organized social movement at his side, with the ability to reach millions of his supporters instantaneously and in as targeted a way as he wants."

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My onPhilanthropy post: "We do not have an advance copy of President--Elect Barack Obama's inauguration address just at hand, but it's no particular leap of faith to predict that a national call to public service will be issued from the west front of the Capitol on Tuesday afternoon."

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The chain of trust and transformation that fired us up in California – and across the country – left behind more than an email listserv of people who will be satisfied with being activated to support the president’s initiatives.

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From the Chronicle: "Several coalitions of groups promoting community and national service are urging President-elect Obama and Congress to include a “nonprofit stimulus package” as part of the economic-recovery plan they are drafting."

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