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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



Are Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Fooling Us All?

A writer warns against “progressives” who support “war and empire” and cower rather than condemn Israel’s actions in Gaza; with Jeff Bezos as its owner, The Washington Post has started adding “Buy Now” buttons that link to Amazon; meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is criticized for her lavish demands at speaking engagements. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE



Dead Gazans Missing From Senate Endorsement of Israeli Invasion

On Thursday, all 100 U.S. senators—including progressives Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken and Sherrod Brown—passed an AIPAC-drafted resolution supporting the Netanyahu government’s military invasion of the Gaza Strip.

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 READ MORE



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The Six Principles of the New Populism (and the Establishment’s Nightmare)

More Americans than ever believe the economy is rigged in favor of Wall Street and big business and their enablers in Washington.

Posted on May 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Wall Street Republicans Prefer Hillary Clinton to Elizabeth Warren or Rand Paul

For Republican financiers, Hillary Clinton is apparently the next best thing to Jeb Bush and Chris Christie.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Who Are the Koch Brothers and What Do They Want?

Given the reality that the Koch brothers are now the most important and powerful players in American politics, it is important to know what they want and what their agenda is.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE


The Top Is Off: McCutcheon Opens Floodgates for 1 Percent to Spend Millions

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mother Jones investigative reporter Andy Kroll told “Democracy Now!” about “the next Citizens United”—the Supreme Court’s decision this Wednesday to eliminate a long-standing limit on how much donors can give to political candidates and causes.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



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How Sheldon Adelson and the American Oligarchs Are Ruining Democracy

Ironically, at the same time as I was holding town meetings in Vermont, a handful of prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidates (Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Chris Christie and Scott Walker) trekked to Las Vegas to audition for the support of Sheldon Adelson, the multibillionaire casino tycoon who spent at least $93 million underwriting conservative candidates in the last election cycle.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE



The Debate: Independence or Partisanship

Finally, there is a much needed debate about the relationship that people who are working for progressive change should have with the Democratic Party—one that has existed at the edges, in email discussions and private conversations, but is now moving to center stage. And it includes the issue of a presidential run by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 READ MORE


Sen. Sanders: ‘Will This Nation Become an Oligarchic Form of Society?’

In an address to the U.S. Senate this week, Vermont independent Bernie Sanders testified to the basics of wealth inequality and described how it distorts the U.S. political process. His speech contains vital statistics for your reference.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE


Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Bernie Sanders

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: If the socialist senator runs, he might find an electorate hungry for radical change. Also: Starving students, the Supreme Court’s campaign hypocrisy, and Google owes you $500.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE


Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Bernie Sanders

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: If the socialist senator runs, he might find an electorate hungry for radical change. Also: Starving students, the Supreme Court’s campaign hypocrisy, and Google owes you $500.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders: I’m Prepared to Run in 2016

The recent Truthdigger of the Week and independent senator from Vermont informally told Nation magazine reporter John Nichols that he is “prepared to run for president of the United States.”

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Bernie Sanders (Video)

In a Truthdig exclusive, the Vermont senator and avowed socialist discusses why the super-rich should support an amendment mandating the public funding of elections.

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 READ MORE



Dorothy, Don’t Go Home! Kansas Could Be Worse Than Russia for LGBT Folk

The Kansas House of Representatives passed an anti-gay segregation bill this week; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders could start a revolution if he ran as a Green Party presidential candidate; meanwhile, a new “Medici” is funding a journalistic endeavor. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE



Has Malibu’s Kelp Been Contaminated by the Fukushima Spill?

Scientists will begin testing California’s prized kelp for radiation; a former TSA agent spills the agency’s secrets; and Bernie Sanders squashes Michele Bachmann in a debate on “The Situation Room.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Fess Up, NSA: You’re Spying on Congress, Aren’t You?

When Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., asked the National Security Agency if it is spying or has ever spied on Congress, the response he got was noncommittal.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE



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2014: Seize the Moment

Congress has just ended one of the worst and least productive sessions in the history of our country.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Overthrow the Speculators

There will never be significant economic reform until megabanks are replaced by a network of state- and city-owned public banks. The revolution must be local.

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Bernie Sanders for President in 2016?

The outspoken senator from Vermont, Congress’ only self-described socialist, said he would consider a 2016 run for the presidency if no one else with sufficiently left-wing values enters the race.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE


For a Budget That Is Both Morally and Economically Sound

When we talk about the national budget, it is vitally important that we remember how we got into this fiscal crisis in the first place and who was responsible for it.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Four Questions for Fed Chair Candidates

In our view, the president’s nominee for Fed chair must be committed to improving the lives of working Americans who are still struggling through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. To that end, we have four questions.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Gaze Upon the Danish Dream of Freedom

Unlike the Danes, American society has abstracted freedom from its prerequisite of economic security. Vermonters learned of enviable Danish freedom in a series of town meetings this month with one of their senators, Bernie Sanders, and Peter Taksoe-Jensen, the Danish ambassador to the U.S.

Posted on May 28, 2013 READ MORE


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George W. Bush Library Dedicated, GOP Pollster Rips Limbaugh, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Barbara Bush’s surprising advice to son Jeb and Congress tries to fix air travel delays caused by the sequester.

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 READ MORE


Sen. Sanders Lays Into Obama for Attacking Social Security

The senator stood before a crowd of retirees, veterans and their supporters Thursday to point out that the president’s proposal for a “Chained CPI” adjustment to the calculation of retirement benefits would wreak destruction on the lives of elderly and disabled Americans.

Posted on Apr 13, 2013 READ MORE



Warren Rips Bank Regulators, McConnell Secretly Recorded, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why Dick Cheney says the U.S. is in “deep do do” and Bernie Sanders and Grover Norquist spar over President Obama’s awful budget.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Submits Destructive, Unnecessary Budget Plan

The president is following through on his intention to abandon the welfare of elderly and disabled Americans in a budget deal that would cut $130 billion from programs like Social Security over the next 10 years, and that could starve the system in the long run.

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Sanders, Sherman Introduce Legislation to Break Up ‘Too Big to Fail’ Banks

Wall Street sees no need for more regulations of course, but unfortunately for Main Street Americans still reeling from the last financial crisis, President Obama may turn out to be the banking industry’s biggest ally.

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE


Watch: Zack Kopplin Schools Conservative Economist Stephen Moore

On the latest episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the 19-year-old college student and science education activist showed how one should handle a conservative pundit who rattles off inane talking points in order to advocate for science spending cuts.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 READ MORE


Time to Break Up the Big Banks, Sen. Sanders Says

Expressing concerns that “too big too fail” banks have also become “too big to jail,” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Wednesday that he will introduce legislation to break up the nation’s biggest financial institutions.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE


Sen. Sanders on the Sequestration

Regardless of the fact that large numbers of Americans believe the best way to fix the budget crisis is to tax the wealthy and profitable corporations, Sen. Bernie Sanders says, $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts are taking effect Friday.

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE



Sanders Wants to End Corporate Tax Handouts, O’Reilly Makes Big Error, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including GOP infighting involving Karl Rove and the latest Republican-led assault on women’s rights.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE



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A Temperature Check From Sen. Sanders

“Despite such terminology as ‘fiscal cliff’ and ‘debt ceiling,’ ” writes Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., “the great debate taking place in Washington now has relatively little to do with financial issues. It is all about ideology.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 READ MORE


Sanders Reacts to the GOP Budget Plan

The independent senator from Vermont appeared on MSNBC’s “Politics Nation with Al Sharpton” on Monday to talk about the ongoing budget negotiations between Democrats and Republicans, respectively the winners and losers of last month’s national referendum on economic policy in America.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 READ MORE


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Let the Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy Expire Already

Now is the time to hold Democrats accountable and ensure that we do deficit reduction in a way that is fair, while also protecting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE


Sen. Sanders Rages: ‘Social Security Has Nothing to Do With Deficit Reduction’

At a mid-November meeting of the Defending Social Security Caucus, the Vermont independent issued a fiery warning against cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to President Obama, congressional Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats.

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Wal-Mart Heirs: The Rich Get Way Richer

The six members of the Walton family featured on Forbes’ list of the 400 wealthiest Americans have a combined net worth today of $102.7 billion—more than the bottom 40 percent of American families combined.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Sen. Sanders Votes Against Nuclear Regulator

At a hearing Wednesday held by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke against confirming Kristine Svinicki for another five-year term on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, citing her history of voting in the interest of a power company and against the Vermont public.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE


The Amendment to End Citizens United

Last December, Rep. Ted Deutch, pictured, and Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced the OCCUPIED bill, a constitutional amendment aimed at addressing America’s campaign finance problem by overturning Citizens United. The acronym stands for “Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy.”

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Legislators and Activists Mount Opposition to Citizens United

Good news for democracy: Lawmakers at all levels of government met with activists on Capitol Hill this week to sign a “Declaration for Democracy” in support of the effort to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Sanders v. Citizens United

The thrilling showdown that was the Iowa caucus race wasn’t the only hot political action that went down on Tuesday. It’d be a shame if those eight precious Romney-friendly votes overshadowed this important appearance of Sen. Bernie Sanders on that evening’s edition of “The Colbert Report.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: NDAA Dissenters in Congress

Though they couldn’t stop the freedom-crushing National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 from becoming law, Truthdig salutes the efforts of the members of the U.S. Congress who took a stand against the NDAA in the final round of voting this week.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Bernie Sanders Explains Why Congress Fears Citizens United

Senator Bernie Sanders has a much more sophisticated take on political corruption than the conventional view of campaign reformers.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Sanders: Let a Real Progressive Challenge Obama

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Friday gave voice to the frustration of millions of American liberals who feel betrayed by President Obama’s eagerness to abandon key social welfare programs established and preserved by his Democratic predecessors. (more)

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE


Bernie Sanders, a Violin and the Disappearing Middle Class

In December, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., made a noble attempt to filibuster against the extension of the Bush tax cuts. Predictably, his effort failed, and President Obama and members of the 111th Congress assumed responsibility for $858 billion in public money lost over the following two years.

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 READ MORE


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