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WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal groups are trying to build a grassroots movement that will help revive the economy and protect Medicare and Social Security, but whether they will be successful — and use it to help re-elect President Barack Obama — is unclear.

Organizers of this week’s “Take Back the American Dream” conference in Washington have studied the origins of the tea party as they try to build a countermovement to support liberal causes. The effort is a response to Republicans’ takeover of the House in 2010 and disenchantment over Obama’s attempts at compromise.

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