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Passing the stimulus: Obama’s movement, MIA

By James Crabtree  

not quite so moving

not quite so moving

“Today, I signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law” writes President Obama, twice, in my inbox this morning. (Somehow, I’ve ended up on two different e-mail lists from the campaign.) The message, heralding the $787bn stimulus bill signed yesterday, comes appended with the note: “Paid for by Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee.” There was never  much doubt that the stimulus would pass. Republican critics had a point—the bill is really only half stimulus, with the rest…

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