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Progressives Need to Be More Radical Than Bernie Sanders—Here’s Why

None of the 2016 presidential candidates’ approaches to politics will fix this country; they won’t even come close, argues Robert Kuttner at The American Prospect. Kuttner then goes on to list all the issues that ail the economy and the “radical reform” that needs to take place.

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 READ MORE



Can Bernie Sanders Win Minority Hearts, and Votes?

The presidential candidate is little known among minorities. He will have to convince those communities that his focus on economic inequality is tightly tied to their interests, too.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 READ MORE



WATCH: Bernie Sanders: The Koch Brothers Would Love to Open U.S. Borders

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he opposes opening U.S. borders to all immigrants on the basis that it would drive down wages by increasing the number of workers competing for American jobs.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEOS: Bernie Sanders Launches ‘Political Revolution’ With 100K Virtual House Partiers

Bernie Sanders spoke from a house party Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to supporters gathered in 3,500 homes and other locations around the country, in groups ranging in size from seven to about 90.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE



Confronted With Keystone XL Quandary, Hillary Clinton Refuses to State Position

The presidential contender insists she’ll keep mum about where she stands on the controversial oil pipeline project until the Obama administration weighs in.

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders’ Favorability Has Doubled Since March, Poll Shows

Bad news for Hillary: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ favorable rating has increased to 24 percent, according to a new Gallup Poll.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE



Barney Frank Thinks Supporting Bernie Sanders Would Backfire on Progressives

In sizing up the 2016 election, some on the left are concerned that Bernie Sanders’ presence in the Democratic ranks could work to that party’s detriment. Count former Rep. Barney Frank among them.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE



Clinton’s Standing Falls 8 Points Among Democrats

A poll shows that voters view the Democratic presidential candidate as “less decisive and inspiring than when she launched her presidential campaign just three months ago,” The Associated Press reports.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Gets Teachers Union Vote

Perhaps the long-standing relationship between the president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, and a particular contender for the position of president of the U.S., Hillary Clinton, had something to do with that union’s endorsement of Clinton for the White House.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE



Is Bernie Sanders Our Eugene McCarthy 2.0?

Sanders has an appeal for younger, more liberal, more idealistic Democrats that Hillary Clinton currently lacks. If she competes for these voters—and learns to connect with them—she will have a much better chance of winning the White House.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders’ Madison Visit Attracts Biggest Crowd Any Candidate Has Drawn So Far

The Democratic Party’s left wing is fed up and isn’t going to take it anymore. Americans in opinion polling overwhelmingly favor the positions of Bernie Sanders on most political and social issues.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE



SCOTUS Wraps Up: 5 Takeaways From the Supreme Court’s Current Term

The end of the U.S. Supreme Court’s term has brought some big surprises for sure, but should either end of the political/social spectrum get excited about what the major decisions might mean?

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Closes In on Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire Democratic Primary Poll

A CNN/WMUR poll released Thursday showed the socialist senator from Vermont just 8 points behind the former secretary of state in the New Hampshire primary for the Democratic ticket in 2016 presidential race.

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Calls Charleston Shooting an ‘Act of Racist Terrorism’

Hillary Clinton made a definitive statement Tuesday on the June 17 mass shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church that will no doubt set the tone for much of her latest campaign for the presidency.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE



My Weekend With Bernie: Three Issues Candidate Sanders Didn’t Address at His L.A. Fundraiser

The independent socialist said a lot of the right things, but he avoided the topics of foreign policy and Edward Snowden. Also, what’s his real motivation for running?

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE



Citizens United: Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s Gift to Moneyed Interests

After he spent his early career learning the lobbying ropes in Sacramento, it was only natural that Kennedy as a Supreme Court member would ensure lobbyists’ stranglehold on American politics.

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 READ MORE



Inside the Mind of Bernie Sanders

After speaking to almost a dozen of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ closest “friends, family, confidantes and operatives,” The Guardian offers a portrait of “a politician who has spent a lifetime obsessed with the same issues that still drive him today, and is now wrestling with the demands of a 2016 presidential race.”

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 READ MORE



America’s Electoral Farce

The power elite wants us to participate in the political charade of choreographed elections. Instead, our energy should be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE



Wisconsin Straw Poll: Clinton 49 Percent, Sanders 41 Percent

A poll of more than 500 Democrats suggests that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders could mount a powerful challenge to presumed front-runner Hillary Clinton in the race to become the Democratic nominee for president.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE



Understanding the Importance of Bernie Sanders’ Candidacy Requires Revisiting Santa Claus Politics

The senator from Vermont has little chance of defeating Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. But he is reminding his party of something it often forgets: Government was once popular because it provided tangible benefits to large numbers of Americans.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE



How Mainstream Is Bernie Sanders Really?

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the presidential candidate for the Democratic nomination, has trouble being taken seriously by the corporate media, what with him being a democratic socialist and all.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Launches a Presidential Race for Ordinary Americans

Hear the campaign launch speech of the lone openly socialist figure in the national U.S. political establishment.

Posted on May 30, 2015 READ MORE



Do the Media Have a Double Standard When It Comes to Bernie Sanders?

Salon’s Simon Maloy points out that while every move of Republican presidential hopefuls is reported by U.S. media, the Vermont senator’s ideas are either unreported or ridiculed, despite their apparent value in the face of growing inequality.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: How to Reinvent Education to Save the Economy

Sen. Bernie Sanders is making waves with a big idea to reinvent education: making public colleges and universities tuition-free. I couldn’t agree more.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE



If Trade Is War, It’s Time We Fought Back

For decades we have heard that free trade would result in prosperity for all. But in fact, the rich have gotten richer, the poor poorer, and the planet has been thrown into peril.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Is No Gun Nut

When the Vermont senator votes or speaks about gun control, he’s representing his people, many of whom are responsible gun owners. Painting him as a rabid gun fanatic is disingenuous.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE



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Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Want Obama to Join the ‘Fight for $15’ to Raise Minimum Wage

The effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour is gaining momentum, and two of American progressives’ biggest allies are doing what they can to get the executive branch behind the movement.

Posted on May 16, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: What Does Chris Hedges Really Want From Us? (Updated)

In advance of the May 12 release of Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges’ new book, “Wages of Rebellion,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer asks Hedges what he’s really asking people to do when he urges them to revolt. Update: Transcript added.

Posted on May 9, 2015 READ MORE



Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Brad Sherman Unveil Bill to Bust Up Mega-Bank Menace

It’s going to take more than just a well-aimed blow from an underdog’s slingshot to bring down the banking monster that our current system of grabby-hands capitalism and compliant government has created.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE



Make the Rich Panic

As we saw in Baltimore, the corporate elites who hold absolute power react only when they become afraid. And they become afraid only when we take to the streets.

Posted on May 3, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘We Need a Political Revolution in This Country’

On Sunday’s edition of “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” the ABC host might have thought he was point-blanking the newly minted presidential candidate with some blunt questions, but Sanders hit harder with his answers.

Posted on May 3, 2015 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Baltimore, Same-Sex Marriage and Bernie Sanders

It’s been a busy news week, to say the least. Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer happened to be in Baltimore and relays what he saw, on the latest episode of “Left, Right & Center.” Also: Bernie Sanders’ 2016 bid and same-sex marriage’s upcoming day in court.

Posted on May 1, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: The Middle East Policy of President Bernie Sanders

When it comes to the Middle East, what could we expect during a Bernie Sanders presidency?

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Means Business With 2016 Presidential Run

This is no political stunt, folks: In his newest article, Rolling Stone’s biggest marquee reporter, Matt Taibbi, sizes up Sen. Bernie Sanders’ bid for the presidency in the 2016 election and concludes that Sanders is the real deal.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE



Sen. Bernie Sanders Gears Up to Launch 2016 Presidential Campaign

It’s on, as of Thursday: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is slated to announce that he’s throwing in to join the roster of candidates for the 2016 election. He’ll be running as a Democrat.

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 READ MORE



The Political Revolution We Desperately Need

The good news is that the economy today is much better than it was six years ago when George W. Bush left office. The bad news is that, despite these improvements, the 40-year decline of the American middle class continues.

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 READ MORE



If We Don’t Overturn Citizens United, Congress Will Become Paid Employees of the Billionaire Class

I recently introduced an amendment at the Senate Budget Committee. It asked my Senate colleagues to begin the process of overturning the disastrous Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United, and to bring transparency and disclosure to the political process.

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE



The Republican Budget Plan Will Devastate American Families

As I understand the Republican view of our country, as manifested in the House and Senate budgets, millions of middle class and working families need to see a major reduction in federal programs that help make their lives, and the lives of their kids, a little bit better.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE



The Majority of Americans Want to Raise Taxes on the Rich, So What Gives?

Elected officials are usually voted in to represent their constituents. So why do Republicans in Congress oppose Obama’s plan to raise investment taxes on the rich when two-thirds of Americans think the wealthy aren’t paying enough in taxes?

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE



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The Pro-Workers, Pro-Growth Experiment in Greece Is Under Threat

While the wealthiest 85 individuals on the planet own more wealth than the bottom half of the world’s population—and when the top 1 percent will soon own more wealth than the bottom 99 percent—the people of Greece and the anti-austerity party, Syriza, they elected to lead them are struggling to rebuild their economy so that ordinary people there can live with a shred of dignity and security.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE



When You’ve Lost Bernie Sanders: How Netanyahu Destroyed the Israel Lobby

Senator Bernie Sanders, the most consistent and prominent progressive in the U.S. Senate, has decided to skip the speech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Congress on March 3. It is Bibi’s Kanye West moment.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE



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Fight for Our Progressive Vision

Poll after poll shows that the American people support a progressive agenda that is not shared by the corporate media personalities who dominate the airwaves.

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 READ MORE



The Best of Larry’s List 2014

Here are some odds and ends that may have escaped you in the 2014 news cycle, as collected by our very own Larry Gross.

Posted on Dec 25, 2014 READ MORE



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An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward

The American people must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all?

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE



Why the Mexican People Will Not Let Their Government Bury the Missing Ayotzinapa Students

Though a Mexican official called the investigation into the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero “very successful,” the parents of the youth, accompanied by a violence-wary populace, will not let the case close; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is preparing to run for president; meanwhile, harrowing information about Greece’s neo-Nazi group Golden Dawn has been revealed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 READ MORE



This Democratic Party Is Going Nowhere. Can Progressives Take it Over and Change the World?

Tuesday’s crushing defeat of the centrist Clinton/Obama Democratic Party provides an opening for the American left. The next few years are not going to be pretty, but they could be the beginning of something beautiful. 

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 READ MORE


What Will It Take to Save Humanity and the Planet?

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, activist Bill McKibben, journalist Naomi Klein, Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and public radio talk show host Brian Lehrer participated in a panel discussion the night before the People’s Climate March in New York City this month.

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart on Whether Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Will Run in 2016

The independent Vermont senator and the former secretary of state caused quite a stir during their visits to Iowa over the weekend. As some in the media put it, there’s no turning back now.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE



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A Progressive Estate Tax

Unless we reduce skyrocketing wealth and income inequality, unless we end the ability of the super-rich to buy elections, the United States will be well on its way toward becoming an oligarchic form of society where almost all power rests with the billionaire class.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 READ MORE


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