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- 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 ...


- “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 ...

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- Opinions Live with Eugene Robinson (Dec. 1) Columnist Eugene Robinson is online every Tuesday for his live discussion, Opinions Live with Eugene Robinson, where he’ll talk about the latest political and cultural developments. Submit your question or comment below. The chat will start on this page at 1 p.m. Eastern. Waiting for the chat to go live? Read Eugene Robinson’s columns and past live chats here. Follow Eugene Robinson on Twitter here.


- 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 ...


- Former President Obama on Monday rejected criticism that he was not forceful enough in pushing the Democratic Party’s agenda, repudiating what he said was the view that he spent too much time seeking to understand and work with his political opponents. "The implication is, if you can see the other side, then somehow you are paralyzed . . . that you are stuck because you don't know which way to turn," Obama said. He had no choice but to try to work with those who opposed him if he wanted to get things done, he said in an interview with Washington Post Live about his new memoir. But he said ...


- But the election results did also reveal something that should be a cause for concern. Trump received 11 million more votes than he did in 2016, increasing his support in many distressed communities – where unemployment and poverty are high, healthcare and childcare are inadequate, and people are hurting the most. For a president who lies all the time, perhaps Donald Trump’s most outlandish lie is that he and his administration are friends of the working class in our country. Yet, a certain segment of the working class in our country still believe Donald Trump is on their side. At a time ...


- "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 ...


- When Cuban and Venezuelan Americans voted in support of President Donald Trump and defeated two sitting members of congress in Miami-Dade County,  Florida, it was clear to all that the Democratic Party’s Progressive and Socialism-lite message received an undeniable rebuking. Progressives around the country appear to still be holding on to their belief that they will someday control Congress and push forth their political ideology on Americans, regardless of their 2020 across the board political defeats. Republicans like Congresswoman-elect Maria Elvira Salazar are poised to step up and ...


- What Joe Biden can learn from Harry Truman No presidential transition has been as dangerous as the one Donald Trump has been putting Americans through this month – with the possible exception of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s deplorable treatment of his own vice president, Harry S. Truman. Throughout the 1944 campaign, both Roosevelt and Truman knew FDR was a dying man. The sitting president instructed Truman to avoid airplanes because “one of us needs to stay alive.” After the pair was elected in an electoral landslide, a friend told Truman that he would soon be president. “I’m afraid ...


- 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 ...


- Why the far-right news outlets can’t beat Fox News at its game President Trump’s most devoted supporters have had it with the liberally biased news media. So they’re refusing to listen to it anymore, taking their precious eyeballs to outlets that will soothe them with stories of Trump’s heroic victories past and future while plying them with rage-inducing tales of Democratic villainy. But now, the outlet they’re abandoning isn’t CNN or the New York Times or The Post. It’s Fox News. What members of the Trumpist base may not realize is that they’re retreating not just from a ...


- 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 ...

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- Money didn’t buy love in the 2020 election Campaign 2020 was turbulent, ugly and, in the end, it hasn’t even ended. One thing we do know, however, is that people blew a lot of money on it. This is not to say that an actual dumpster fire would have been a better use for the $14 billion that Republicans and Democrats are expected to have spent by the time this “cycle” finishes (that’s an estimate from the Center for Responsive Politics). But surely there were higher purposes to which hedge fund magnate Tom Steyer could have devoted $341.7 million than his vanity presidential ...


- More than half of all voters under the age of 30 cast a ballot in this year’s elections, an unprecedented level of engagement that likely cemented President-elect Joe Biden Joe Biden Trump campaign files for new recount in Georgia GOP senator congratulates Biden, says Trump should accept results Judge dismisses Trump camp's Pennsylvania lawsuit in scathing ruling ’s Electoral College victory in critical swing states. Between 52 percent and 55 percent of eligible adults under the age of 30 voted this year, according to estimates by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning ...

Source: thehill.com

- 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

- One good rule of thumb is to judge parties and politicians by their priorities. Politicians often pretend to be for every good thing under the sun, so the best way to judge them is to look at which things they actually work to achieve or spend political capital on. This will tell you not only what they’re really for, but which constituents they really care about. By that metric, it will be very revealing if one of Joe Biden’s first actions as president will be to forgive student debt. That’s an idea swirling around Democratic circles — particularly among the progressive base, which is ...


- 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 ...


- 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 ...

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- In an effort to complete his consolidation of power, Nicolás Maduro is cracking down on the leftist activists who once supported him, but have begun to speak up against his administration’s corruption and cronyism. José Carmelo Bislick’s grave in Guiria, Venezuela. GÜIRIA, Venezuela — The host of a popular radio show, “The People’s Combat,” had always diligently praised Venezuela’s governing Socialist Party, even as millions sank into penury under its rule. But when acute gasoline shortages paralyzed his remote fishing town this summer, he strayed from the party line. On his ...

Source: nytimes.com

- The bold unity model that Biden should follow (CNN) The 2020 presidential election was a referendum on a democracy made vulnerable by systemic racism, economic inequality and structural violence. It also reflected widespread fear about the erosion of longstanding norms and political processes within and beyond Washington. The controversy over the election results -- the consequence of conservative media, conspiracy theories and a President who gleefully fanned the flames of already existing racial and political divides -- is a testament to the enormity of the challenges facing the nation. ...

Source: cnn.com