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- (CNN) This is the moment for the ultimate question of the Bernie Sanders movement: is the United States ready for a socialist President? At Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate, Sanders defended himself as a socialist (he calls himself a democratic socialist) and then dismissed a recent poll that suggested Americans do not have a favorable view of socialism. Who was leading in that poll, he asked the debate moderator? He was, although the moderator didn't know it. The moment allowed Sanders to skate with the impression that it doesn't matter that Americans oppose socialism because ...

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- "Senator Sanders has built a historically inclusive and forward-thinking movement: one that represents America as a set of ideas grounded in the belief that all humans are equal and worthy of a dignified life." Muslim rights group Emgage on Thursday endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, saying the Vermont senator's multiracial coalition represents the best chance for a more just and diverse America. "Sanders has built a historically inclusive and forward-thinking movement: one that represents America as a set of ideas grounded in the belief that all humans are equal and worthy of a ...


- LAS VEGAS — Former Senate majority leader Harry M. Reid said Thursday that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) or any presidential candidate should not get the Democratic nomination if they end the primary process in first place but are shy of the requisite majority of delegates. Reid (D-Nev.) dismissed suggestions from Sanders and his supporters that he should become the nominee if he finishes with a plurality lead ahead of the rest of the candidates but short of the 1,991 delegates needed to secure the nomination outright. Reid even suggested that a group of moderate candidates, trailing Sanders ...


- Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Several co-founders of the anti-gun violence organization March For Our Lives endorsed Bernie Sanders for president Thursday. Co-founders Delaney Tarr, Daud Mumin, Robert Schentrup, Nurah Abdulhaqq, Chris Grady, Thandiwe Abdullah, Ryan Deitsch and Maxwell Frost declared their support for the Vermont senator in a video released by the Sanders campaign. "The truth is we need a president who can do it -- who can build a populist movement, who can create structural change and who can speak to the intersection of every American issue," Tarr said. "Bernie has created a movement ...

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- Progressive New Yorkers say Lis Smith's work for the IDC colored their impressions of the Buttigieg campaign. Pete Buttigieg likes to portray himself as the candidate who can bring together the Democratic Party. At the debate in Nevada Wednesday night, Buttigieg made that case again , saying, “We shouldn't have to choose between one candidate who wants to burn this party down and another candidate who wants to buy this party out.” The night of the New Hampshire primary, he declared , “We are on the same team.” The entire time Buttigieg has pitched himself as a unifier, Lis Smith has ...

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- "We are winning, so the industry is attacking Medicare for All to protect their profits and help the politicians defending those profits." "The monied interests who oppose M4A will flood the airwaves and try to prey on our every insecurity to break up our movement," said the Democratic Socialists of America's Medicare for All campaign. (Image: Partnership for America's Health Care Future/Screengrab) The Partnership for America's Health Care Future, an insurance industry front group formed in 2018 to combat Medicare for All, announced Wednesday that it will run television and social media ads ...


- An estimated eight million people in the U.S. have started a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for their own or a member of their household’s healthcare costs, according to a  survey  released Wednesday. The poll, which was conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, also found that in addition to the millions who have launched crowdfunding efforts for themselves or a member of their household, at least 12 million more Americans have started crowdfunding efforts for someone else. Fifty million Americans have donated to such fundraising efforts, ...

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- LAS VEGAS — Sen. Bernie Sanders distanced himself Tuesday from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's recent suggestion that compromising on health care would be acceptable, arguing that his Medicare-for-all plan is "already a compromise." The comments, coming in a televised town hall hosted by CNN, highlighted a rare difference between the senator and the congresswoman (D-N.Y.), one of his most prominent supporters — notably, over one of the central planks of his presidential campaign platform. “I love Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She has done more in her first year in Congress to ...


- LAS VEGAS (AP) — A growing number of Democratic lawmakers, union officials, state leaders and party strategists agree that Bernie Sanders is a risky nominee to put up against President Donald Trump. There’s less agreement about whether — and how — to stop him. Critics of the Vermont senator, who has long identified as a democratic socialist , are further than they’ve ever been from unifying behind a moderate alternative. None of the viable centrists in the race is eager to exit the campaign to clear a path for a candidate to become a clear counter to Sanders. And Sanders is looking ...

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- Joe Biden Says He'd Be The 'Most Progressive' President in History, Tells Bernie Sanders to 'Disown' Misogynistic Supporters Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said if he is elected he'd be the "most progressive president in history" and accused Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders of having "never gotten anything done" in his lengthy political career. Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, the former vice president pushed back against host Chuck Todd for saying Sanders' biggest strength is his authenticity and that everyone "knows where he stands." Biden said the longtime senator has ...

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- It would be the end of that natural gas source. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced a nationwide fracking ban Wednesday.   The Democratic New York congresswoman’s bill is a companion to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ legislation seeking to ban fracking across the country by 2025. If passed, the laws would prohibit  natural gas  production within 2,500 feet of homes and schools by 2021 and help transition energy workers away from the industry. “Fracking is destroying our land and  our water ,” Ocasio-Cortez  Wednesday on Twitter. “It is wreaking havoc on our communities’ ...


- Cuellar is hosting a fundraiser in Laredo with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on February 22.  Jessica Cisneros, who is running in the 2020 primary to replace Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas.), racked up union endorsements on the same day the Kochs backed the incumbent. (Image: Jessica Cisneros, Twitter) Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar, facing a tough primary race from progressive attorney Jessica Cisneros, picked up the endorsement of the Koch political network Friday—just over a week before the embattled incumbent, who is supported by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is set ...


- The New York City mayor, who was briefly a presidential candidate himself, is scheduled to campaign with Mr. Sanders in Nevada ahead of the caucuses there next week. Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, whose brief presidential campaign failed to get off the ground last year, endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont for the Democratic nomination on Friday. In a statement released by the Sanders campaign, Mr. de Blasio said he was supporting Mr. Sanders because he “stands with working families” and was the right candidate to take on President Trump. “I have called for a bold, progressive ...

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- Lloyd Blankfein, a registered Democrat supporter, tweeted that: 'Sanders is just as polarizing as Trump AND he’ll ruin our economy' This week Bernie Sanders , fresh from his victory in the Democratic primary in New Hampshire, was attacked by a vampire squid. Or rather he was attacked by the former boss of that Wall Street banking vampire squid (that’s how it was described by Rolling Stone magazine) known as Goldman Sachs . Lloyd Blankfein, a registered Democrat supporter, tweeted that: “Sanders is just as polarizing as Trump AND he’ll ruin our economy.” Sanders was unphased . ...


- A crucial question for the Vermont senator has always been whether he can expand his coalition. In a race this crowded, it’s unclear whether he even needs to do so. Welcome to Poll Watch, our weekly look at polling data and survey research on the candidates, voters and issues that will shape the 2020 election . Senator Bernie Sanders has a solid base of support. That much is clear. And he has done a remarkably good job of boxing out Senator Elizabeth Warren for the support of the party’s left wing. He is now the choice of nearly half of Democratic voters who identify as “very ...

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- Billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign is planning to release a higher education plan on Tuesday that pledges to make community college free, increase subsidies for low-income students, and end the practice of legacy admissions — but falls far short of what much of the Democratic pack has so far laid out on the campaign trail.  The plan also goes backward in some places and would also slash the benefits borrowers receive under an income-driven student loan repayment program, capping the amount that can be forgiven after 20 years for people in income-driven repayment plans. ...


- NASHUA, New Hampshire - Joe Biden’s campaign held a victory party in a New Hampshire hotel ballroom on Tuesday evening. But there was no victory. And there was no Joe Biden. Before the polls had even closed, the Democratic presidential hopeful had left New Hampshire, where he ultimately posted a fifth-place finish. The dismal performance came just eight days after the Iowa caucuses, where Biden finished fourth. The back-to-back stumbles have created a difficult situation for Biden, who must perform well in upcoming contests in Nevada and South Carolina this month to show voters and donors ...

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- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, days after shrugging off concerns from other candidates at the Democratic debates that his self-described democratic socialism would be disastrous in the general election. During President Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this month, he said “socialism destroys nations” and vowed to stop the lawmakers who want to “impose a socialist takeover of our health care system” — i.e. have endorsed Sanders’s Medicare-for-all plan. But if it seems that the rise of socialist politicians such as Sanders and Rep. ...


- Subscribe How do you tell who won an election? Most people would look to see who got the most votes. In the case of a Democratic primary, they could also dig into delegate counts. In the world of punditry—with its urgent need to declare multiple “winners” and “losers”—all of this common sense goes out the window. The plain results themselves are a factor but just one among many. Finish second or even third? That might be better than coming in first! If you watched cable news on the night of the New Hampshire primary or picked up a newspaper the following morning—or if you ...


- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders on Thursday urged an end to online "bullying or ugly personal attacks" after a powerful hospitality-industry union in Nevada accused his supporters of harassment. The Culinary Workers Union said supporters of Sanders, a front-runner in the Democratic White House race, "viciously" attacked the organization via Twitter, text, voicemail and direct messaging after the union criticized the senator’s universal healthcare plan on Tuesday. Sanders, a progressive who bills himself as a champion of organized labor, did not ...

Source: reuters.com