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President-elect Donald Trump announced a deal to keep jobs at a local Carrier Corp. manufacturing facility, basked in his unexpected election victory and went on a tangent about his plans to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall in a wide-ranging speech in Indianapolis on Thursday, TPM's Esme Cribb reported. He touted his unexpected Republican primary victory in Indiana, which he described as a "tremendous love affair," as well as his election victory in November. "That was some victory," Trump said. "That's pretty great."
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Josh Marshall: "One key reason is that on both Obamacare and Medicare, the GOP—especially the House GOP—is the dog who caught the car. What do they do now? Paul Ryan, whose genial demeanor and packaging conceals a political radical on fiscal policy, social insurance and almost everything else tied to money, risk and financial security, got House Republicans to vote for Medicare Phaseout for five years straight. But it was an easy vote since nothing would ever come of it. Republican Senators are now telling pretty much everyone who will listen that they don't want to get dragged into phasing out Medicare this year."
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From a TPM Prime member: "The notion that we can somehow strip "identity politics" out of politics is absurd. So when people lecture that the Democrats lost support among white working class voters because of "identity politics", the question is reasonably raised: What does that mean, and exactly what do they expect the Democratic Party to do about it? You cannot limit the party's message to, "Say nothing that a white working class voter would regard as anything but anodyne", without limiting the party's ability to speak out for inner city communities, immigrant communities, the LGBTQ community, etc. And a party that goes out of its way to say nothing that anybody could construe as identity politics will end up being a party that has appeal to no one."
Related: A Republican senator and a Democratic senator have joined forces to try to protect DREAMers and shield them from deportation under Trump's incoming administration.
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