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The NYT Praises Bernie Sanders’ Immigration Plan: ‘Reality-Based, Moderate, Practical and Hopeful’

Sanders’ immigration plan “starts with the right premise: that immigrants should be welcomed and assimilated, not criminalized and exploited,” the editors of The New York Times declare.

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Killer Mike’s Ringing Endorsement of Bernie Sanders


Rapper and activist Killer Mike feels the Bern.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE

States of Terror

We waded into conflicts in the Middle East we did not understand, propelled forward by fantasy. And our folly spawned a death spiral of political, social and economic collapse, widespread poverty, massive displacement, misery and radical jihadism.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant

The socialist’s achievements in office, including a minimum-wage hike to $15, and re-election this month are exposing as a sham the idea that the welfare of workers, especially the unskilled, is incompatible with a prosperous economy.

Posted on Nov 21, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Champions Democratic Socialism in Major Speech at Georgetown

The Democratic presidential candidate presented himself as heir to the populist legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the clearest articulation yet of his political philosophy and vision for the United States.

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Sheds Progressive Façade With Bold Rightward Lurch

From her call for a major air and ground war against Islamic State to her attack on single-payer health care, Clinton appears to be sprinting full speed to the right.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

Terrorism, Immigration and Islam: Fear Is the GOP’s Trump Card

The importance of who gets to set the agenda in the presidential race was brought home by a new poll released this week. Concerns related to race, immigration and attitudes toward Islam divide the country deeply. That’s the agenda the Republicans want to be paramount.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

Standing Up for Refugees, Sanders Decries Post-Paris ‘Demagoguery’

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders reiterates his support for those fleeing war and violence in the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE

Viewers Tune Out, Voters Lose Out as Democratic National Committee Buries Second Debate

The record low viewership of Saturday’s Democratic debate has voters, particularly Bernie Sanders supporters, once again castigating the Democratic National Committee for what many believe is a blatant attempt to shield establishment candidate Hillary Clinton and, in turn, relinquish important political ground to the Republican candidates.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE

A Paris Moment for American Politics?

The 2016 presidential campaign has been peculiarly disconnected from the real world of problems, crises and governing. It took the catastrophe in Paris to narrow the gap—and even a monstrous terrorist attack may not shake the trajectory of a contest that operates within a logic of its own.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton’s Big Debate Gaffe: Bizarrely Linking Her Wall Street Donors to 9/11 Reconstruction

Bernie Sanders attacked her Wall Street reforms and donor base. Some in the media are predicting Clinton’s response will come back to haunt her.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE

Democratic Candidates Reject War Talk and Islamophobia in the Wake of the Paris Attacks (Video)

At the CBS Democratic debate on Saturday night, the Paris attacks dominated as a concern. Unlike the Republican field, which is somewhat divided on a response, the Democrats agree that all-out war is undesirable.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE

The Second Democratic Debate: Foreign Policy, Guns, Wall Street and Campaign Finance (Updated)

The three major Democratic candidates found solid footing in the second half of Saturday’s debate, with Sanders and O’Malley challenging Clinton over Wall Street, campaign finance and gun deaths in the United States. Updated

Posted on Nov 14, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Previews Twitter’s Role at the Democratic Debate

Perhaps Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley will have to limit their answers to 140 characters, “The Late Show” host suggests.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Visits a Waffle House in South Carolina

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader on the Complicity of Bernie Sanders

“If he doesn’t go electorally in a serious way to win, then [Bernie Sanders] is setting up millions of Americans, and young Americans, for a huge morale collapse,” Nader explains.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE

What Socialism Means to Bernie Sanders—and You

Once upon a time, socialists running for president in the United States had to explain that while they had no chance of actually winning an election, their campaigns were aimed at “educating” voters—about socialism.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE

Rep. Jason Chaffetz Uses House Leadership Power to Protect His Drug Company Backers

Republican Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Governmental Reform, has been accused of protecting drug companies Valeant and Turing Pharmaceuticals from a congressional investigation into alleged price gouging.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE

Barney Frank, Ever the Politician, Predicts Hillary Clinton Is ‘Gonna Win’ in 2016

The former congressman brought his brand of D.C.-style real talk, and his unabashed support for Hillary Clinton, to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader on Corporate Control, Faux Liberals and Hillary Clinton

“All you gotta do in politics is say the right thing, even though your whole record is contrary, and you’re on your way,” Nader says.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE

The Real GOP Divide

The Republican presidential contest is often cast, accurately enough, as a choice between “outsiders” and “insiders.” But another party division may be more profound: between Republicans who still view the country’s future hopefully, and those deeply gloomy about its prospects.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Debuts First Campaign Ad

Called “Real Change,” the ad casts Sanders as a principled and down-to-earth populist leader with the backing of millions of individual donors and a determination to take on Wall Street.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Shows No Signs of Giving Up on a Political Revolution

The presidential candidate is continuing to prove he’s taking his role as an insurgent seriously; a writer ponders whether there is a difference between Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal; meanwhile, some people are in jail based on inaccurate crime lab results—a problem that is getting worse. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE

Why Do We Let Politicians Lie to Get Elected?

When politicians renege on campaign promises, they are not “being economical with the truth” but “deceiving the public in order to win an election”—and such betrayal in the United Kingdom should trigger a general election, according to one prominent writer.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Comes Out in Favor of the Death Penalty

The Democratic presidential candidate said at a breakfast event in New Hampshire on Wednesday that she did not support abolishing capital punishment.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE

Why Are We Hearing So Much About Those Damn Danes?

Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid is putting Denmark on the map—specifically, its brand of democratic socialism.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE

Sanders Warns Voters Against Clinton: ‘I Will Govern Based on Principle, Not Poll Numbers’

The Vermont senator reminded Democrats at an Iowa fundraiser Saturday night of his opponent’s shifting stances on gay marriage, the environment and pernicious trade deals.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE

The True Issue With Netanyahu’s Speech About the Holocaust

The Israeli prime minister’s inflammatory speech is more troubling than it may appear on the surface; Russian politicians are attempting to make it illegal to come out as gay; Bernie Sanders could use American history to explain socialism. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE

Top Five Things Congress Should Investigate Instead of Benghazi (Video)

The fruitless carnival-barking that was the GOP Benghazi inquisition did the nation the disservice of taking focus off the things really wrong with U.S. policies and the places where there really was wrongdoing.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE

An Idiotic GOP Is Looking at the Wrong Thing in Its Clinton Probe

The real issue is not protection of a diplomat but the bipartisan zeal for creating military mayhem throughout the Middle East.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE

Why Didn’t Joe Biden Run for President?

There are obvious political explanations but only one reason for his decision not to throw his hat in the ring.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Joins Call for DOJ Probe of Exxon’s Climate Change Misinformation Campaign

The petroleum company may have violated federal law by funding a decadeslong misinformation campaign on climate change, the Vermont senator says.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

Joe Biden Announces He Won’t Run for President

After weeks of will-he-or-won’t-he speculation, the vice president gave pundits and Democratic candidates something concrete to work with: He won’t be joining the lineup of Democratic presidential hopefuls for the 2016 election.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

Anderson Cooper Is in the 1 Percent—So Why Did Democrats Let Him Run the Debate?

When discussing the Oct. 13 debate, perhaps it’s worth noting that CNN’s Anderson Cooper is richer than all of the top five Democratic candidates combined; scientists are still trying to figure out where dogs come from; meanwhile, a writer suggests different ways Bernie Sanders could do a better job of answering questions about democratic socialism. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE

The Republican Establishment’s Weak Tea

The narrative about the 2016 presidential campaign focuses on angry discontent in the American electorate. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have a plausible explanation for what lies behind this unhappiness. The only Republican acting as if he has a working theory of his own is Donald Trump. 

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE

Conservative Enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders Suggests He Can Unite a Divided Public

I spent days with fans of presidential candidate Sanders across red states. They watch Fox News, live in the heartland, and are voting for Bernie.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Larry David Plays Bernie Sanders in SNL’s Mock Democratic Debate—and It’s Glorious

Turns out the comedian did such a good job with his Bernie Sanders impersonation on “Saturday Night Live” that he may have scored a gig on the campaign trail.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE

You’ll Never Guess What Bernie Sanders Did With Martin Shkreli’s Campaign Donation

Remember Martin Shkreli, the contemptible pharmaceutical CEO who dramatically raised the price of an HIV medicine? Seems he contributed to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign—something the Vermont senator was less than pleased about. But Bernie got back.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges on What It Truly Means to Be a Socialist

In his recent speech before the Green Party of Orange County, Calif., Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges talked passionately about socialism, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and the moral imperative to revolt.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Blew It: He Sold Out Instead of Confronting Clinton

In Tuesday’s debate, the Vermont senator fell into the trap of mainstream politics when he failed to face down the front-runner on her policy positions and record.

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 READ MORE

CNN Debate

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FULL VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Dances, Talks Inequality With Ellen DeGeneres

The underdog Democratic presidential candidate visited with the daytime talk show host to review the plight of the American poor and middle class with her 3.9 million-viewer audience (and to disco dance).

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 READ MORE

The GOP Was Right to Fear Hillary Clinton

Before all the craziness—before Donald Trump and Ben Carson and the need for two-tiered debates—Republicans’ biggest fear about next year’s election was having to run against Hillary Clinton. As we saw Tuesday night, they were right to worry.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE

There Seems to Be Nothing We Can Do About Valued Journalistic Pieces Disappearing From the Internet

A Pulitzer Prize-winning piece of investigative journalism has been absorbed into the vortex of the World Wide Web; refugees are still moving toward Europe, despite the onset of winter; and Bernie Sanders is playing an important and unexpected role in the Democratic presidential race. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Trevor Noah Slams Bernie Sanders for Not Slamming Hillary Clinton

The new host of “The Daily Show” expresses his disappointment at the fact that Sanders didn’t attack Clinton at Tuesday’s debate on a “whole host of issues, including the Keystone pipeline, the trans-Pacific trade policy, her ties to Wall Street and, of course, her emails.”

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE

Casino Capitalism: Democrats and Republicans Gamble With Democracy

“We are live at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas!” So opened the first Democratic presidential debate of the 2016 electoral season—that’s right, in a Las Vegas casino.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE

Clinton Wins, Sanders Scores

The front-runner had several victories in the debate, but Sanders has widened our political horizons: For the first time in the modern political era, Americans got to watch leaders of a mainstream party debate the relative merits of capitalism and democratic socialism.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE

Sanders Won the Focus Groups and Online Polls. So Why Do the Media Say Clinton Won the Debate?

The public and the establishment news media appear to want completely different things out of a presidential candidate.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE

The Democratic Debate: Only Sanders Gave the Poor Their Due

Vermont senator called for a revolution in banking, health care, child care and education. Clinton kept her focus on the middle class.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE

Dem Debate

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