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Liberal groups threaten primaries over Obama budget

Today may mark a nadir in the often strained relations between President Obama and the "professional left," as Robert Gibbs derisively called the progressive movement, which has been pushing for months to prevent Obama from endorsing cuts to the social safety net. When the White House released its budget today, it was clear the president hadn't listened to the increasingly urgent threats and pleadings from the people who helped elect him, as his spending proposal includes a change to the way Social Security benefits are calculated, called the chained CPI, as well as changes to Medicare.

The cut is anathema to liberal activists and lawmakers, who have gone all in to oppose the cut, warning Obama would face a "huge backlash" from his own base if he endorsed it. Now they're threatening primary challenges against any Democrats who vote for their president's budget.

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