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- Led by Elizabeth Warren, presidential candidates and liberal economists are pushing an unorthodox “pro-growth” argument for raising taxes on the rich. WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren is leading a liberal rebellion against a long-held economic view that large tax increases slow economic growth, trying to upend Democratic policymaking in the way supply-side conservatives changed Republican orthodoxy four decades ago. Generations of economists, across much of the ideological spectrum, have long held that higher taxes reduce investment, slowing economic growth. That drag, the consensus held, ...

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- Pete Buttigieg on the campaign trail in North Carolina. The topic of racism and education in America seems to have confounded Pete Buttigieg’s campaign over the past week. Shortly before Thanksgiving, The Root writer Michael Harriot called the South Bend, Indiana, mayor a “ lying motherfucker ” based on comments he made in 2011 about educational achievement gaps between black and white children in his city. “There are a lot of kids — especially [in] the lower-income, minority neighborhoods, who literally just haven’t seen [education] work,” said the Democratic presidential ...

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- With only about two months left before Iowa’s first-in-the-nation 2020 caucuses, the political arm of the state’s largest grassroots progressive group endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination on Monday. “From standing with us on strike lines with fast food workers to touring rural Iowa plagued by factory farms, Bernie has helped build the political revolution we’ve been building for decades. And we could not be more excited to have him build it with us in Iowa in 2020,”  said  the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) Action Fund. ...

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- U.N. Secretary-General issues a grave warning about climate apocalypse United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres says that global warming is approaching the "point of no return" The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, offered a bleak warning about the future of the planet if world leaders fail to implement a meaningful solution to climate change. After telling reporters in the Spanish capital of Madrid on Sunday that "the point of no return is no longer over the horizon, it is in sight and hurtling toward us," Guterres told the United Nations on Monday in his opening ...

Source: salon.com

- "We have to take this evil deadly seriously," another critic said of the for-profit healthcare industry's efforts to kill single-payer legislative proposals. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) gave a speech on Medicare for All at the annual convention for the CNA/NNOC in San Francisco. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) "This so-called 'Army Built to Fight Medicare for All' is just hired guns hired by corporate stooges. But doctors, nurses, and activists from across the country fight for Medicare for All because it's right." That's how Adam Gaffney, president of Physicians for a National ...


- It is a cliche, the reporter who mines cabdrivers for cunning nuggets of political wisdom. And like most cliches, it gets repeated so often because it’s all too true. As I headed to the Atlanta airport after the Democratic presidential debate, I couldn’t resist asking my Uber driver, an older African American, his opinion of the debates. He belonged, after all, to a demographic that many Democratic candidates are passionately wooing. I wondered what he thought about their overtures. A lot of reporting trips are minutely scheduled from touchdown to takeoff; the ride to the airport is the ...


- "I think every time—whether it comes to healthcare, whether it comes to housing, whether it comes to a job that pays a living wage—Bernie Sanders is the answer." Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed and campaigned for Abdul El-Sayed when he ran for governor of Michigan in 2018. (Photo: Bernie Sanders/Twitter) Former Michigan gubernatorial candidate and progressive activist Dr. Abdul El-Sayed on Thursday endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president in 2020, citing the Vermont senator's commitment to Medicare for All, his willingness to speak out on behalf of the Palestinians, and his "moral ...


- Asked at a presidential candidate forum in California Saturday night if the Obama administration made a mistake by deporting an estimated 3 million people during its 8-year tenure, 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders offered a direct and one word response: “Yes.” The forum, hosted by the Spanish-language channel Univision in the city of Long Beach amid the state Democratic Party’s endorsing convention, had a large focus on immigration issues with many Latino voters in attendance. The question was asked by moderator Jorge Ramos and Sanders’ succinct answer received rousing approval from many ...

Source: truthdig.com

- WASHINGTON – What do public housing and climate change have in common? The Green New Deal . As part of the sweeping progressive program to confront global warming, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez , D-N.Y., Thursday held a Capitol Hill news conference to unveil the first plank of the ambitious plan: a bill designed to make housing cheaper, safer and more environmentally friendly. The Green New Deal for Public Housing Act would set aside $180 billion over 10 years to repair existing apartments, upgrade health and safety features and eliminate carbon ...

Source: usatoday.com

- COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — As she took the stage here on Friday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., noted it was her “first time” in the key presidential primary state. But many of the thousands of people who came to see her campaign for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, were confident it wouldn’t be her last visit.  “You’re going to be the first female president,” one woman told Ocasio-Cortez as she met with audience members on a rope line after the event. “I’m hope I’m not the first,” Ocasio-Cortez said, adding that she’d like a ...


- Joined by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Friday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders held the largest rally of any 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to date in Iowa, drawing more than 2,400 people to Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs. The campaign and its supporters applauded the evening as the latest evidence of Sanders’s momentum. “Thousands of Iowans joined together tonight to say loud and clear that it’s time for a fundamental change in this country,” said Bernie 2020 Iowa State Director Misty Rebik. “This is a grassroots movement built to transform this country. ...

Source: alternet.org