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- WASHINGTON – Earlier this week, Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced the Respect Graduate Student Workers Act today, which prohibits the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from enacting a proposed rule which would strip graduate student workers’ right to unionize.  Since 2017, the Trump Administration has unleashed a wave of attacks on workplace rights. Most recently, the NLRB proposed a rule to strip graduate student workers’ ability to unionize at their employing institutions, which would immediately impact nearly 58,000 graduate assistants and would jeopardize the rights of the more ...


- WASHINGTON—Four years ago, liberal activists and groups begged Senator Elizabeth Warren to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination from the left, a request she ultimately declined. But now that she’s running, many progressive groups and activists have instead lined up behind the liberal who ran against Clinton in her place, Senator Bernie Sanders. The flood of support for the 78-year-old democratic socialist in recent weeks boosts his chances in the still-fluid race and suggests he has the upper hand in their clash to become the progressive standard-bearer ...


- The former vice president is drawing tiny, unenthused crowds in Iowa. So why is he still one of the frontrunners? Subscribe A lunchtime town meeting in the college town of Ames, home to Iowa State, should attract a sizable crowd less than two weeks before the Iowa caucuses—especially when a former vice president, who is leading in some of the recent Iowa polls , headlines the event . But Joe Biden is perhaps the most confounding candidate in this Democratic race. By my charitable count, only 250 would-be caucus-goers attended his event in Ames on Tuesday. They were treated to such Biden ...


- The Working Families Party used idealistic goals and transactional tactics to play big in New York politics. Now it’s missing out on the moment. They moved the victory party for Tiffany Cabán to a big nightclub — La Boom — to accommodate the growing crowd on primary night last summer, and the place was packed for the queer, progressive thirtysomething public defender who suddenly had a real shot at being the Queens district attorney. A lineup of local officials spoke onstage, then an organizer from the Democratic Socialists of America, which had provided hundreds of devoted volunteers. ...


- Congressional Progressive Caucus cochair Mark Pocan is a Wisconsinite, and Wisconsin has a lot to do with why Pocan announced an early endorsement of Bernie Sanders last week. To secure the presidency in 2020, Pocan and a lot of other Democrats believe their nominee must take the state that backed Democratic nominees for president in every election from 1988 to 2012, but where Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton by 22,748 votes in 2016 . And Pocan is convinced that the senator from Vermont is uniquely positioned to win Wisconsin and other Great Lakes battleground Noting that Sanders swept ...


- Here's something many Americans would be very interested to know: Is a leading candidate in the Democratic primary a liar? And since a strong majority of Americans have consistently opposed cuts to Social Security, the country's most successful anti-poverty program , Democratic voters in particular might be interested to know if a President Joe Biden would try to cut Social Security. Former Vice President Biden has supported cuts to Social Security for 40 years , and is on the record for saying things like: When I argued that we should freeze federal spending, I meant Social Security as well. ...

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- The Iowa caucuses are just over a week away, and Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are neck and neck in the polls. In the past few days, the two have sparred over corruption and Social Security and gun control, and earlier this week, both campaigns released videos coming after the other candidate. But things escalated further on Friday when Biden brought up Sanders’ climate plan while talking with reporters in Iowa. When asked about Bernie Sanders’ climate plan on Friday, he said, “there’s not a single solitary scientist that thinks it can work.” Here’s the thing: He’s wrong. Earther ...


- Climate activist Greta Thunberg hit back at Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for saying she should not call for countries to divest from fossil fuels until she “goes and studies economics in college.” “My gap year ends in August, but it doesn’t take a college degree in economics to realise that our remaining 1,5° carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don’t add up,” Thunberg tweeted, including a video of a chart illustrating the rise in carbon emissions. “So either you tell us how to achieve this mitigation or explain to future generations and those ...

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- To corporate media, Bernie Sanders is incorrigible. He won’t stop defying the standard assumptions about what’s possible in national politics. His 2020 campaign — with feet on the ground and eyes on visionary horizons — is a danger to corporate capitalism’s “natural” order that enables wealth to dominate the political process. When the  New York Times published its dual endorsement of Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren on Sunday night, the newspaper patted Sanders on the head before disparaging him. “He boasts that compromise is anathema to him,” the editorial complained. ...

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- Ten years after Citizens United, the damage is broad and deep—but we can still fix it. With so many politicians in the pockets of their big donors, it’s been even harder to make progress on issues like gun safety, health care costs, or climate change. (Photo: DonkeyHotey/Flickr) Ten years ago, in January 2010, the Supreme Court released its disastrous Citizens United decision. The court, either through remarkable naivety or sheer malevolence, essentially married the terrible idea that “money is speech” to the terrible idea that “corporations are people.” The ruling put a for sale ...


- Highlighting a major contrast between the current top two candidates in the Democratic primary field in terms of how they have addressed the issue over their long legislative careers, the Bernie Sanders campaign hit back against a claim made by Joe Biden earlier in the day in which the former vice president said there was "doctored video" being circulated by the Sanders campaign that showed him agreeing with former Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan about the need to cut Social Security. "It’s simply a lie, that video is a lie," Biden said at a campaign event in Iowa when asked about ...

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- COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina elected official who endorsed Joe Biden last month is switching her allegiance to Bernie Sanders in the state’s first-in-the-South presidential primary, saying she had viewed the former vice president — whose support in the state is considered deep -- as “a compromise choice.” Dalhi Myers told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she was making the change in part because she values what she sees as Sanders’ strength in being able to go toe-to-toe with President Donald Trump in the general election. “I looked at that, and I thought, ...

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- " CNN  still cannot fathom stating the obvious here: Sanders is leading in their own national poll." CNN Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday for the first time has a lead in CNN polling of primary contenders for the 2020 Democratic nomination—but you wouldn't know that from how the network framed their coverage.  Sanders supporters took issue with the fact that despite the Vermont senator's three point advantage over former Vice President Joe Biden, 27% to 24%,  CNN in its headline declares that "Bernie Sanders surges to join Biden atop Democratic presidential pack" rather than ...


- Supporters of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders took to Twitter to post their love and support for the independent senator from Vermont after former presidential opponent Hillary Clinton trashed him in a new documentary. "Nobody likes him," Clinton said in the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter . "He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him.... Nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done," Clinton argued. "He was a career politician. It's all just baloney, and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it." Asked by the Reporter whether she would back Sanders ...

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- Each week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column . One moment dominated coverage following the seventh Democratic Party presidential debate last week: a rejected handshake between Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). It was 14 seconds in a night that lasted two hours, in a campaign that has been underway for more than a year, but the handshake capped several days of vitriol by the Sanders and Warren campaigns and their supporters. The vitriol has been surprising given the ...


- America’s doctors are starting to warm up to the idea of a single-payer health care system, aka Medicare for All. This week, the American College of Physicians announced its support for universal health care coverage, either through single payer or a public option in combination with private insurance. The American College of Physicians, the second-largest doctors group in the U.S., had previously endorsed the concept of universal health care coverage as well as a public option, where the government offers its own insurance plan that exists alongside private insurance plans. But in a series ...

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- Former Vice President Joe Biden accepted an apology from Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday after a campaign surrogate for the Vermont senator penned an op-ed accusing Biden of having "a corruption problem." Sanders said he disagreed with the op-ed, saying, "It is absolutely not my view that Joe is corrupt in any way. And I'm sorry that that op-ed appeared," in an interview with  CBS News . The op-ed, which was published in the Guardian by law professor and former New York gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout, argued that if Biden wins the Democratic presidential nomination, it will be ...

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- Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says her political party is not actually a "left party," describing it critically as "center-conservative." Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive who represents New York, made the remarks during an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. She asserted that she sides with the iconic civil rights leader's belief that capitalism has ingrained poverty into society and argued for major political reform. "We don't have a left party in the United States. The Democratic Party is not a left party," the congresswoman said. "The Democratic Party is a ...

Source: newsweek.com

- “Guaranteeing healthcare to all people through a Medicare for All program, is that radical?” Sanders asked the crowd at the 2020 Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum. DES MOINES, IOWA — VICE News wanted to know why voters should back Bernie Sanders given the “gamble” his ”radical” agenda might be in the general election. “Guaranteeing healthcare to all people through a Medicare for All program, is that radical?” Sanders asked the crowd. With each question, the diverse audience responded with a louder “no,” before giving him a round of applause. “You’ve already got ...


- The co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus "has led the fight against Trump's racism, sexism and xenophobia," Sanders said responding to the news. "Together, we will defeat Trump and build a working class movement and transform this country so it works for all." Community organizations, unions, and lawmakers—including Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.)—gather on the grounds of the Capitol in May of 2017 to voice concerns about President Donald Trump's proposed budget. (Photo: AFGE /Flickr/cc) Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, endorsed ...