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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



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



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States Rebel Against Obamacare Website Contractor

For Christmas, Vermont and Massachusetts are giving a lump of coal to CGI Federal, the Canadian company that built Healthcare.gov and seven other state-based health care exchanges.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE


Bread and Puppet Theater: 50 Years of Art and Resistance

The Bread and Puppet Theater, one of the United States’ most beloved theater companies, is celebrating its 50th anniversary of using monstrous puppets to protest the “horror that happens” on the international stage. “Democracy Now!” spoke with Peter Schumann, the theater’s founder, for a full hour Thursday.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE



The President of Germany’s Boycotting the Sochi Olympics

Joachim Gauck will not attend the Winter Games in Russia in February, despite Chancellor Angela Merkel’s opposition to a boycott; cats know when their owners are speaking to them, but still ignore them; meanwhile, Vermont has approved single-payer health care. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE



Nuclear’s Demise, From Fukushima to Vermont

Welcome to the nuclear renaissance. Entergy Corp., one of the largest nuclear-power producers in the U.S., issued a surprise press release Tuesday, saying it plans “to close and decommission its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, Vt.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Toby Talbot

Vermont Yankee Joins the Tsunami of U.S. Reactor Shutdowns

In a huge victory for the grass-roots movement for a green-powered earth, Entergy has announced it will shut its Vermont Yankee reactor by the end of next year.

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 READ MORE



WikiLeaks Releases Snowden Statement, Vermont Decriminalizes Pot, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including student loan interest rates double due to Congress’ inaction and Texas Republicans begin their push to pass a controversial anti-abortion law in the new special legislative session after their attempts were thwarted last week.

Posted on Jul 1, 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


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



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Vermont Outlaws Fracking

Vermont became the first state to ban the controversial gas-drilling technique that pumps huge volumes of toxic fluid deep into the ground and that has been shown to contaminate drinking water supplies.

Posted on May 18, 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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Deaths Have Cities Calling for OWS Shutdown

Three deaths in or near Occupy Wall Street encampments in different cities late last week have given authorities reason to insist that shutting the protests down is in the public’s best interest. (more)

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 READ MORE


A Look at the Flooding in Vermont

The 24/7 news cycle and the accompanying cacophony of voices competing for attention meant that little time remained to understand the extent of the damage Hurricane Irene caused in Vermont.

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Central Vermont Public Service

Vermont Feels Irene’s Wrath

While New York City escaped the worst of Tropical Storm Irene, much of Vermont did not. The state saw bridges washed away, roads battered and power lines downed in the midst of what officials say is the worst flooding in more than 80 years. (more)

Posted on Aug 29, 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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Bernie Sanders Defends Social Security

In a news release from the office of Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator criticizes suggestions made by officials that Social Security is eligible for the cutting block in deficit negotiations between President Obama and congressional Republicans. (more)

Posted on Jul 9, 2011 READ MORE


Bernie Sanders Goes After the Oil Industry

Our favorite senator has had enough of “Wall Street speculators” jacking up oil prices. Here he tells radio host Ian Masters about his legislative attack plan.

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration from an image by J. Stephen Conn

Vermont Approves Universal Health Care

With the governor’s blessing, Vermont made history Thursday as the first state to enact a comprehensive single-payer health care system. There’s hope for the rest of us, as Amy Goodman pointed out: “Canada’s single-payer health care system started as an experiment in one province, Saskatchewan.”

Posted on May 26, 2011 READ MORE


Vermont, the Land of Healthy Firsts

This small New England state was the first to join the 13 Colonies. Its constitution was the first to ban slavery. It was the first to establish the right to free education for all—public education. This week, Vermont will boast another first: the first state in the nation to offer single-payer health care.

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE


Vermont Makes History, Passes Universal Health Care

President Obama’s attempt to reform health care took a massive amount of time and energy, while achieving little. But, as Vermont just showed, there is another way to go about revamping America’s corrupt medical system: state by state.

Posted on Apr 30, 2011 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Bernie Sanders, No Chaser

Yes, Wednesday night’s “Daily Show” skewering of the Trump vs. Obama birtherversy was funny. You can watch it here. We’d rather focus on a more substantial segment from that show, featuring straight-shooting Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 READ MORE


Vermont Weighs Constitutional Amendment to Ban Corporate Personhood

On the anniversary of the Citizens United decision, Vermont politicians are moving to deny corporations the rights that humans enjoy.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE



The New Secessionists

The difference between the tea party and the secessionist movement bubbling up in some two dozen states is that the tea party believes America can be fixed.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Sanders Lets Fly at GOP Senators

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, was far from pleased with certain of his Republican colleagues Wednesday when his attempt to add a single-payer amendment to the Senate’s health care reform legislation was met with stonewalling tactics from his GOP peers. Here, he lets it rip, slamming what he calls their bid “to bring the U.S. government to a halt.”

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE


Hubby Hubby
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Ben & Jerry’s Rolls Out Gay Marriage-Themed Ice Cream

Left-leaning ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s is temporarily changing the name of its popular “Chubby Hubby” ice cream to “Hubby Hubby” to serve up support for same-sex couples, who as of Sept. 1 can marry in the company’s home state of Vermont.

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 READ MORE


Sanders unfiltered

Sen. Sanders Unfiltered: Wall Street Off the Rails

In this installment of Brave New Films’ “Senator Sanders Unfiltered,” the independent federal legislator from Vermont points out what’s becoming hard to dispute or ignore, however much other members of Congress might do both: Wall Street, along with the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, practically runs Washington.

Posted on Aug 10, 2009 READ MORE


Sexting—and Common Sense

Vermont, Ohio and Utah are among the first states trying to back away from laws that treat a teenager with a cell phone as if he or she were a child pornographer. They know there’s a difference between truly dreadful judgment and a felony.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009 READ MORE


gay marriage advocates
AP photo / Toby Talbot

Same-Sex Marriage Legalized in Vermont

Vermont has followed Iowa’s lead, becoming the fourth state to make same-sex marriage legal. On Tuesday, the Vermont Legislature overturned Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto with one more vote than was needed to make it official.

Posted on Apr 7, 2009 READ MORE



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Go Ahead and Sue

The Supreme Court stood by that most American of rights Wednesday—the right to sue. By a 6-3 vote, the court decided that federal oversight and warning labels do not protect the pharmaceutical industry from lawsuits. The one-armed Vermont musician involved in the case was thrilled, and not just because she got to keep $6.7 million.

Posted on Mar 4, 2009 READ MORE


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Infrastructure Spending Shafts the States That Need It

ProPublica did some digging into the infrastructure spending bundled into the stimulus package—the $100 billion that promises have the biggest impact in terms of job creation—and found that Wyoming is getting more than $20,100 per unemployed worker while Michigan, a state on the verge of a labor apocalypse, is expected to have to make do with just $2,434.37.

Posted on Feb 17, 2009 READ MORE



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Dean Is Done at DNC

When his term as chairman of the Democratic National Committee is up, Howard Dean will step aside to make room for a guy or gal of President-elect Barack Obama’s choosing. Dean has received both praise and scorn for his performance as chairman.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Vermont Leads the Way for Progressives

The rise of the Vermont Progressive Party, which has six members in the 150-member Vermont House, is another indication that Vermont, which has battled back everything from Wal-Mart to urban sprawl to billboards, may be one of the few sane states left in the nation.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


As Goes Vermont

While the Iraq war is off the front pages, and Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama embark on what may well be a scorched-earth primary battle against each other, let’s keep our eye on where the real scorched earth lies: who profits and who dies.

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE


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Clinton Holds the Line

Hillary Clinton scored major victories Tuesday with three projected wins, including Ohio and Texas, which had been described by her campaign as must-win states. Barack Obama won the Vermont primary and kept it close in Texas.

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE


Gay Marriage
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One State at a Time

New Jersey’s civil union law has now taken effect, allowing same-sex couples many of the rights afforded by marriage. California, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts and to some extent Maine offer similar protections.

Posted on Feb 19, 2007 READ MORE


Bernie Sanders
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Bernie Sanders Wins Vermont Senate Race

election 2006The U.S. House’s sole Independent and only socialist will become the junior senator from Vermont.

  • Read the Truthdig interview with Sanders

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    Supreme Court Rejects Vermont’s Campaign Finance Law

    This is a complicated issue. We’ll let the Washington Post take it: “The Supreme Court struck down Vermont’s strict limits on campaign contributions and spending yesterday, in a splintered ruling that left intact the constitutional basis of current campaign finance laws but may make it difficult to put new curbs on money in politics.”

    Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Vermont Democrats Call for Bush Impeachment

    One hundred Vermont state officials agreed to petition the Republican-controlled Congress to introduce articles of impeachment against Bush for the WMD and wiretapping scandals. “You know in your own hearts and minds that something is terribly wrong in this country,” said one Vermont Democrat.

    Posted on Apr 10, 2006 READ MORE


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    From Bernie.org

    Bernie Sanders’ Independent Revolution

    In this March 2006 Truthdig Interview Bernie Sanders discusses his quest to become the junior senator from Vermont. Sanders, the U.S. House’s sole Independent and only socialist, defeated his opponent Richard Tarrant in a landslide victory and is now Senator-elect.

    Posted on Mar 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Vermont Towns Endorse Move to Impeach Bush

    Five communities vote to call on their federal representative to file articles of impeachment against the president, alleging a misuse of prewar intelligence and illegal use of domestic surveillance.

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


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