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- The Vermont senator said Democrats in Congress and the incoming Biden administration "must have the courage to take on the powerful special interests who have been at war with the working class of this country for decades." Warning that a failure to deliver real material gains to the U.S. working class could lay the groundwork for another "right-wing authoritarian" to seize power in 2024, Sen. Bernie Sanders is imploring the leadership of the Democratic Party and the incoming Biden administration to aggressively pursue an agenda that confronts powerful special interests, improves people's ...


- Even in a Pandemic, the Billionaires Are Winning While many Americans suffered, the richest among us kept getting richer. When I called up Chuck Collins on Tuesday afternoon, I found him glued to one of the grimmest new metrics documenting America’s economic and social unraveling. Collins is a scholar of inequality at the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank, and since March he has been tracking how the collective wealth of American billionaires has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. In previous recessions, Collins said, billionaires were hit along with the rest of ...

Source: nytimes.com

- Economist Mike Konczal describes student loan debt as "an albatross around the neck of an entire generation." Sixty percent of registered voters support President-elect Joe Biden canceling up to $50,000 of student loan debt per person, according to new polling by Hill-HarrisX. As Common Dreams has reported, pressure is mounting on Biden to immediately cancel student loan debt upon taking office in January, a move that is within his power and that progressives say is a sure-fire way to improve working people's lives amid a crushing economic crisis. The survey, conducted online among a ...


- Cynical public speech aimed at winning political power has consequences. T hree weeks after the conclusion of the 2020 presidential election, many Republican members of Congress find themselves boxed in. Some have privately congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for their historic win. But publicly, most Republicans have remained silent , while others have actively encouraged President Donald Trump’s baseless accusations of mass voter fraud. The situation these Republicans face is one that many southern members of Congress would have recognized during the aftermath of the 1860 election. ...


- Our Social Security system is government at its best. Without it, the consequences of COVID and the resulting economic fallout would be far worse. Protecting and expanding Social Security is extremely popular This year’s Thanksgiving is far from normal. COVID is raging across the country, millions are out of work, and many of us are seeing our loved ones on a screen instead of across the table. Yet we can still be thankful, and not just for the football and food. Now more than ever, we can be thankful for the chance to make government work even better for all of us. Our Social Security ...


- Signs of a tattered, but resilient, voting system were on full display this week as one of the most contentious elections in U.S. history rolled toward completion. Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada and North Carolina put the final stamp of approval on their official vote counts, while workers re-tallied millions of ballots in Georgia and Wisconsin to assure the Trump campaign that the initial count was accurate. Courts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and elsewhere reviewed and, almost uniformly, rejected legal challenges for lack of merit. The 2020 election was extraordinary in so many ways. A ...

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- Come on, man. For someone who talks so much about the need to be guided by science, why isn't Joe Biden’s climate thinking guided by the scientific consensus. After campaigning on the promise to address the climate crisis as the “ existential threat ” it is—and being carried across the finish line by countless climate voters like me—President-elect Joe Biden is already slipping back into the past. By this, I mean he is surrounding himself with Democratic Party establishment insiders who have been playing the political game almost as long as he has. He is packing his cabinet and ...


- Whatever his failings, the late New York mayor David Dinkins's historic stature and contributions to the common good gave him a unique place in the democratic socialist movement. Earlier this week I learned of the passing of my boyhood mayor, David Dinkins. While I was too young to remember his 1989 election, his leadership of New York City was one of my first childhood political memories. I knew my parents supported him as did many of our family and friends. He was a resolute figure, and a committed progressive, that governed during a time of continued fiscal crisis, concerns over crime, and ...


- Nov. 25 (UPI) -- While it did take back the White House and add ground in the Senate, the Democratic Party underperformed in the House races this year, which political experts say could be a harbinger of the next vote two years from now. The party took the ultimate prize, the presidency, and still has a shot at taking control of the Senate, but Democrats lost a number of House seats in an election cycle they were expected to at least hold their seats, and almost certainly gain more. As was also the case in 2016, much of the pre-election polling also showed Democrats doing much better than ...

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- The US’s monstrous for-profit health system saddles millions of workers with debt for the crime of seeking medical treatment. We desperately need to cancel all medical debt, even as we continue to fight for Medicare for All. In less than a year, our government’s criminally negligent response to the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed over a quarter-million lives. And those who seek treatment are not only up against the horrors of a deadly virus — they risk being buried in medical debt as well. Insured and uninsured patients alike, and even their loved ones, can face tens of thousands of ...


- “This Keeps Me Up at Night” Radicalization experts fear what Trump’s fringes will do now—and they aren’t certain how to stop it. Donald Trump and his surrogates’ attempts to overturn the results of U.S. election have prompted waves of panic, ridicule, and disbelief. The effort has proved an embarrassment, with a disastrous track record in court and increasing resistance from Republican officials . But for closer watchers of the far-right fringes that the president has helped grow and nurture during his administration, the outcome of the charade has never been the concern. Experts ...

Source: slate.com

- "If Amazon workers in Alabama–a strong anti-union state–vote to form a union, it will be a shot heard around the world." Workers at one of the nation's most union-averse companies in one of the most hostile states toward organized labor got a welcome boost this week from Sen. Bernie Sanders, who tweeted his full-throated support for what he said could be a "shot heard around the world." "If [Alabama Amazon employees] can negotiate higher wages and better working conditions in the South, it will benefit every worker in America." —Sen. Bernie Sanders In a significant first step, workers ...


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- U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina, says he hopes to see Sen. Bernie Sanders in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration. Biden has started assembling his administration and White House staff as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20, 2021. On Monday, the Biden-Harris Transition Team announced nominations and appointments for several key positions, including multiple Cabinet posts. His Cabinet nominees must still be confirmed by the Senate. Clyburn on Tuesday pushed for Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, to be included in the incoming administration when asked on CNN ...


- BURLINGTON, November 24 – Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has launched his eleventh annual State of the Union essay contest. Each January, the President of the United States delivers the "State of the Union" address to a joint session of Congress, which outlines priorities for the coming year. Because Senator Sanders knows that great ideas can come from everyone – not just those in power – and wants to encourage young people to become engaged in the political process, he created the State of the Union Essay Contest.  The contest is an opportunity for Vermont high school students to ...


- From concerns about ties to defense contractors to worries about forever wars, at least one of the president-elect’s potential nominees is raising hackles. the Biden transition This article is part of The Biden Transition , Foreign Policy’s ongoing coverage of how U.S. President-elect Joe Biden builds a new White House administration—and what the new team’s policies might be. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden named a slate of experienced hands for his national security team on Monday—but stopped short of selecting a defense secretary. Now, backers of Michèle Flournoy, his likely pick ...


- Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump is monumental. After four years of nonstop cruelty against workers, the poor, people of color, women, LBGTQ folks, immigrants, Muslims, the environment, the climate, and the foreign victims of Trump’s bombs, we can breathe a sigh of relief. But no sooner did Biden win the election, then centrists in the Democratic Party began blaming the left for the loss of seats in the House of Representatives and the failure to decisively regain control of the Senate. In fact, progressives played a pivotal role in delivering the presidency to Biden and several ...

Source: truthout.org

- Moderate House Democrats, who are witnessing a loss of at least nine House seats as of Nov. 17 , blasted their progressive House colleagues in a three hour conference call Nov. 5 for calling their very progressive agenda "socialist" and for actually defending a very progressive agenda. They have a legitimate two-part critique. The Democratic Party has fallen into the language trap again, only this time they themselves have used some of the key words and talking points that the Republicans previously used to defeat both sitting members and Democrats running for open seats. There is a ...

Source: thehill.com

- The 33-year-old Barnes spoke with HuffPost about Donald Trump’s unexpectedly strong performance in the state and offered his advice for the future of the party. Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes says Democrats have a lot of work to do after winning Wisconsin by such a close margin in 2020. Joe Biden won Wisconsin. That is a big deal. Donald Trump won it in 2016, and it was high on the list of states Democrats knew they needed to fight for in 2020. But Democratic Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes thinks his party should be careful not to get too excited about the win. “So, obviously, [I’m] very happy that ...

Source: huffpost.com

- Elections Why Isn’t Bernie Backing Jon Ossoff in Georgia? Sen. Bernie Sanders only backs a certain type of candidate—and only one in the Georgia runoffs fits the bill. Democrats need to win both of Georgia’s Senate seats in the upcoming runoff elections in order to tip the balance inside the Capitol. But so far, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is only playing in one. The Democratic candidates, Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, are each campaigning hard to defeat Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in the pair of elections, set for Jan. 5, 2021. After President-elect Joe Biden ...