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The President Delivers a Statement on the Shooting in Oregon

President Obama delivers a statement on the shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon. October 1, 2015.

Sen.Sanders to Visit Massachusetts Sat., Shift of location due to weather

Due to the possibility of adverse weather conditions, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign has shifted the location of Saturday’s rally in Springfield to the MassMutual Center. The Democratic Party presidential candidate is scheduled to hold a rally in Boston later that day. Sanders will discuss a wide range of issues including income and wealth inequality and the disappearing middle class, campaign finance reform, his legislation targeting high prescription drug costs, criminal justice reform, and his college affordability plan.

Here is the itinerary:

2 P.M.
Springfield Rally, MassMutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Admission is first come, first served. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Cameras and video cameras are allowed, but bags are strongly discouraged. No large bags, backpacks, coolers, chairs, laser pointers, air horns, nose makers, whistles, or sharp objects/weapons of any kind are permitted by the venue.

6 P.M.
Boston Rally, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston
Doors open at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Admission is first come, first served. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged.

The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) is accessible from South Station and via the Silver Line station at World Trade Center Ave. Parking at the at the BCEC is in the South Parking Lot. Parking is $15 per car, $30 for oversized vehicles. Parking space is limited, and is first come, first served. Members of the public are encouraged to use public transportation or carpool. Directions to the BCEC are available on the BCEC website.

Press interested in attending these events should email MAPressReg@berniesanders.com.


Bernie Sanders Raises $24 Million, Powered by Online Donations Exceeding Obama’s 2008 Pace


Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont raised more than $24 million for his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in the last three months, a significant sum that was fueled by a torrid pace of online donations: more than a million so far.

Sanders advisers, in announcing the fund-raising tally on Wednesday night, also said that the senator had more than $25 million in cash on hand.

Mr. Sanders’s advisers said they did not have data yet on the proportion of the donations that were $200 or less — a measure of grass-roots support and of his popularity among Americans who are not wealthy. More than 76 percent of his donations were $200 or less in the second-quarter campaign finance report.

The onslaught of online donations, collected since May, came at a faster clip than the Internet fund-raising operation of President Obama’s 2008 campaign. Mr. Obama did not pass the mark of a million contributions until the Democratic primaries were under way in the winter of 2008, according to Obama fund-raising solicitations at the time. Mr. Sanders has also amassed 650,000 contributors, well more than Mr. Obama had at the comparable point in that campaign cycle.

(not sure how they got this before midnight)

Ahead of primaries, Sanders raises more than $24 million in third quarter

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said Wednesday that he had raised more than $24 million during the past quarter, a robust take fueled by small online donations that have come at a faster clip even than those President Obama collected in his campaign.

The total value of Sanders’s haul is expected to be eclipsed by Hillary Rodham Clinton but ensures that the senator from Vermont can run a vigorous campaign against the once-formidable front-runner heading into the first nominating contests early next year.

As of Wednesday night, Clinton officials had not disclosed how much her campaign had raised during the past three months. Aides to Sanders said they expected his total could grow considerably in the final hours before the close of the quarter at midnight. In the previous quarter, Clinton’s campaign raised $47.5 million, compared with $15.2 million by Sanders.

Sanders’s campaign said it now has more than $25 million in the bank, a reflection of a more thrifty campaign than Clinton’s and one that has yet to start airing television ads, as the former secretary of state has.


Interesting tweet from Dan Merica (CNN)
Dan Merica ‏@danmericaCNN
Most of Clinton fundraisers were $2,700 events - the primary max. Why that matters: HRC's donors may be maxed out. Sanders' aren't.

Bernie Sanders Becomes the First Candidate to Reach 1 Million Individual Donations

Source: NY Mag

The campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said it received its millionth individual donation on Wednesday. He becomes the first presidential candidate from either party to reach that threshold in 2015. But with an average contribution of less than $25, he's still raised far less than Hillary Clinton.

The campaign made its announcement, just hours before the end of the third quarter of fund-raising, on the Sanders for President subreddit — by far the largest subreddit affiliated with any 2016 candidate, with 110,000 members. Sanders eschews super-pac fund-raising, instead depending on many small-dollar donors. Many are social-media savvy, and their steady stream of shareable memes has gifted the 74-year-old with a pervasive Facebook presence.

Reaching 1 million donations by the third quarter’s end had been one of the Sanders campaign’s chief goals in recent days.

Coincidentally, U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups, released a report on Wednesday showing that if the federal government provided a system of public matching funds for small donors — as New York City’s government does for its municipal elections — Sanders’s campaign would have more cash on hand than Clinton’s. As it is, Sanders’s army of politically enthused Redditors is no match for his rival’s big spenders: Clinton raised $45 million in the second quarter, while Sanders took in just $15 million.

Read more: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/09/bernie-sanders-makes-a-million.html

Bernie Sanders Tells the Truth: Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich on His Surging (Video)

Bernie Sanders Tells the Truth: Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich on His Surging Campaign

AMY GOODMAN: So, let’s turn to the Democrats, because it hasn’t only been the Republicans who have been in power, and that sucking sound from the bottom to the top has been quite as loud. In July, Hillary Clinton outlined her economic vision in a speech at The New School here in New York City.

HILLARY CLINTON: First, hard-working families need and deserve tax relief and simplification. Second, those at the top have to pay their fair share. That’s why I support the Buffett rule, which makes sure that millionaires don’t pay lower rates than their secretaries. I’ve also called for closing the carried interest loophole, which lets wealthy financiers pay an artificially low rate. And let’s agree that hugely successful companies, that benefit from everything America has to offer, should not be able to game the system and avoid paying their fair share, especially while companies who can’t afford high-priced lawyers and lobbyists end up paying more.
AMY GOODMAN: Your response to what Hillary Clinton has said, someone you know well?

ROBERT REICH: Well, it’s a step in the right direction, Amy, but it’s not far enough. I mean, we do have to substantially increase taxes at the top, if we’re going to have enough money to do everything that needs to be done with regard to investing in education, infrastructure, do a lot of things that, despite President Obama’s efforts, have still not been done. But I think we even have to go beyond that and really change the way the market is organized. I mean, if you look at antitrust law, for example, you’ve got huge combinations now in health insurance, in airlines, in banking, in food. That means Americans are spending much more than otherwise for all of these basic necessities—airlines may not be a necessity, but certainly the others are necessities—and that’s a redistribution upward.

Democracynow.org - Robert Reich, who served as labor secretary under President Clinton, discusses the economic plans of Democratic front-runners Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, as well as his new book, "Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few." The book looks at why the United States is now experiencing the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity in 80 years.

full transcript

End Prescription Drug Price Gouging (video)

Comparing drug prices in the United States to those in other countries, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) condemned pharmaceutical companies that charge American consumers the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.

At alma mater, Sanders calls on students to join his fight

Bernie Sanders called on thousands of college students to join him in fighting for a $15 minimum wage, women's rights and slowing climate change during a stop at his alma mater Monday that had echoes of Barack Obama's successful White House bids.

The Democratic presidential candidate and independent senator from Vermont urged about 2,000 cheering students at the University of Chicago to register to vote and stand up to the "millionaires" he says are trying to control U.S. politics. Sanders graduated in 1964 from the university, where as a self-described mediocre student he led protests against racially segregated housing and said he got his first taste of "democratic socialism."

"We need the idealism and the energy and the intelligence of millions of young people to join us in the fight to make America the kind of country we know it must become," Sanders said. "There is nothing that I am telling you today that is pie-in-the-sky, that is utopian. Nothing."

"What he said was resonating so well with this crowd," Keroack said. "I think definitely as the race moves forward (students) are going to think about this speech."


President Obama Hammers Putin, Donald Trump, and Dick Cheney In UN Address(video)

President Obama laid out his comprehensive foreign policy ideology while hammering a diverse group of critics that ranged from Dick Cheney to Vladimir Putin, to Donald Trump.

Obama used Bush/Cheney’s failed Iraq war to illustrate the old and incorrect way of thinking, “No matter how powerful our military, how strong our economy, we understand the United States cannot solve the world’s problems alone. In Iraq, the United States learned the hard lesson that even hundreds of thousands of brave, effective troops, trillions of dollars from our Treasury, cannot by itself impose stability on a foreign land. Unless we work with other nations under the mantle of international norms and principles and law that offer legitimacy to our efforts, we will not succeed. And unless we work together to defeat the ideas that drive different communities in a country like Iraq into conflict, any order that our militaries can impose will be temporary.”

The President mocked Putin and the Republicans in this country who cheerlead for him, “Now, within Russia, state-controlled media may describe these events as an example of a resurgent Russia — a view shared, by the way, by a number of U.S. politicians and commentators who have always been deeply skeptical of Russia, and seem to be convinced a new Cold War is, in fact, upon us. And yet, look at the results. The Ukrainian people are more interested than ever in aligning with Europe instead of Russia. Sanctions have led to capital flight, a contracting economy, a fallen ruble, and the emigration of more educated Russians.”

President Obama accused Donald Trump and the Republican Party of exploiting and manipulating people’s fears, “The increasing skepticism of our international order can also be found in the most advanced democracies. We see greater polarization, more frequent gridlock; movements on the far right, and sometimes the left, that insist on stopping the trade that binds our fates to other nations, calling for the building of walls to keep out immigrants. Most ominously, we see the fears of ordinary people being exploited through appeals to sectarianism, or tribalism, or racism, or anti-Semitism; appeals to a glorious past before the body politic was infected by those who look different or worship God differently; a politics of us versus them.”


FULL SPEECH: US President Obama Addresses UN with Powerful Statement 9/28/2015

David Axelrod: Got a first hand look at the Bernie Sanders phenomenon today

Got a first-hand look at the @BernieSanders phenomenon today @UChiPolitics. 2,000 in hall. 500 in overflow. And 2500 couldn't get in.

@BernieSanders packs them in @UChiPolitics, filling Rockefeller Chapel at UChicago, from where he graduated in '64.


ON THE ROAD: Youth Summit

Jobs, childhood poverty, drug addiction, education and college costs were on the agenda on Sunday when U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders brought his campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination to a Youth Summit at a community center in Des Moines.

State Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, founder of the Creative Visions Human Development Institute, welcomed Sanders to the meeting with about 80 high school and college students invited to attend from around Iowa.

“You are the future of America,” Sanders said. “You are smart enough to know that the issues we are going to discuss are enormously important for your lives.”

In the wealthiest country in history, Sanders said the way American children are treated reflects on our national priorities. One in five children in America live in poverty. College costs have soared. There is too little affordable childcare for too many working families. Too many minority youths are unemployed.

“We need to stand up to very powerful and very greedy people who could care less about working families,” Sanders said.

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