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Face the Nation Extended interview: Bernie Sanders, January 17 (video)

An extended version of the interview with Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders that aired on the January 17 broadcast of "Face the Nation."

Bernie Sanders defends Wall Street reform ad (video)

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders tells "Face the Nation" that his ad contrasting his position on Wall Street reform with Hillary Clinton's is "not a negative ad."

Bernie Sanders holds town hall in Hanover

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders spent Thursday evening just miles away from his home state, speaking to students at Dartmouth College.

The Democratic presidential candidate held a town hall and picked up an endorsement from former Massachusetts Sen. Paul Kirk.

More than 1,400 Dartmouth College students, Hanover residents and Sanders supporters lined up to hear the senator speak.

“I hope everyone understands this because sometimes we get attacked unfairly, is what this plan does of course, is end private insurance payments for the American people. So instead of making a private insurance premium payment, you make a Medicare premium payment,” said Sanders.

video at link

Bernie's tweets during the debate

Republicans on stage claim Social Security is going broke. They are dead wrong.

Social Security has a $2.8 trillion surplus. It can pay every benefit owed to every eligible American for the next 19 years. #GOPDebate

Now is not the time for demagoguery and fear mongering. During these difficult times, we will not succumb to Islamophobia.

@marcorubio: I'm proud that we have a president that is committed to funding Planned Parenthood. #GOPDebate

I have a message for Donald Trump: No, we’re not going to hate Latinos or Muslims. We are going to stand together.

The Republicans seem to think they could beat our campaign. They haven’t seen the polls. #GOPDebate


Happy Days

Hillary Clinton autographed this photo, taken on a flight to a health care forum at Dartmouth College on Dec. 7, 1993, along with a note saying, “To Bernie Sanders, with thanks for your commitment to real health care access for all Americans and best wishes” – Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1993

Bernie Sanders making first Alabama campaign stop with 'Future to Believe In' rally

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is coming to Birmingham next week. Though this marks his first visit to Alabama, his campaign has seen increasing grassroots support across the state.

Sanders, a senator from Vermont seeking the Democratic nomination, will hold a "Future to Believe In" rally at Boutwell Auditorium on Monday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. , with doors opening at 6 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but attendees are encouraged to RSVP. Admission is first come, first served.

Sanders will be joined by former Ohio Sen. Nina Turner and noted author and activist Cornel West to discuss the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in Birmingham.


Howard Dean, Now Employed by Health-Care Lobby Firm, Opposes Bernie Sanders on Single-Payer

Howard Dean is the latest in a string of Hillary Clinton supporters to charge that Bernie Sanders is wrong to support a single payer health care plan. The former chairman of the Democratic National Committee claimed on MSNBC last night that Sanders’s reforms might result in “chaos” because “trying to implement it would in fact undo people’s health care.” Dean added: “That is something people should be concerned about.”

Dean, though he rarely discloses the title during his media appearances, now serves as Senior Advisor to the law firm Dentons, where he works with the firm’s Public Policy and Regulation practice, a euphemism for Dentons’ lobbying team. Dean is not a lawyer, but neither is Newt Gingrich, who is among the growing list of former government officials and politicians that work in the Public Policy and Regulation practice of Dentons.

In 2009, Dean praised single-payer while speaking on Democracy Now, calling the idea “by far the most economically efficient system.” That’s because, as Dean noted at the time, a Medicare-for-all style single-payer system would cut down on bureaucratic overhead and do a better job at controlling prices. An analysis by University of Massachusetts at Amherst professor Gerald Friedman found that the single-payer plan introduced into the last Congress, for instance, would have save $592 billion, while expanding coverage to all uninsured American, regardless of ability to pay. Over 95 percent of households would see higher after-tax income because of the cost controls and elimination of insurance premiums.

After Dean began working in the lobbying industry, he gave a talk about how to navigate the post-Citizens United campaign finance world. “I’ve advised a lot of clients in the industries that I usually end up working with, which are mostly healthcare industries, not to give any money to either side, or if you do, give it to both sides because politicians really don’t know much about the issues,” Dean said. “But they remember the ads, and they remember who was on whose side and who wasn’t, and it makes a big difference.”

The Nation Endorses Bernie Sanders : Bernie Sanders for President

With integrity and principle, the Vermont senator is calling Americans to a political revolution.

A year ago, concerned that ordinary citizens would be locked out of the presidential nominating process, The Nation argued that a vigorously contested primary would be good for the candidates, for the Democratic Party, and for democracy. Two months later, Senator Bernie Sanders formally launched a campaign that has already transformed the politics of the 2016 presidential race. Galvanized by his demands for economic and social justice, hundreds of thousands of Americans have packed his rallies, and over 1 million small donors have helped his campaign shatter fund-raising records while breaking the stranglehold of corporate money. Sanders’s clarion call for fundamental reform—single-payer healthcare, tuition-free college, a $15-an-hour minimum wage, the breaking up of the big banks, ensuring that the rich pay their fair share of taxes—have inspired working people across the country. His bold response to the climate crisis has attracted legions of young voters, and his foreign policy, which emphasizes diplomacy over regime change, speaks powerfully to war-weary citizens. Most important, Sanders has used his insurgent campaign to tell Americans the truth about the challenges that confront us. He has summoned the people to a “political revolution,” arguing that the changes our country so desperately needs can only happen when we wrest our democracy from the corrupt grip of Wall Street bankers and billionaires.

We believe such a revolution is not only possible but necessary—and that’s why we’re endorsing Bernie Sanders for president. This magazine rarely makes endorsements in the Democratic primary (we’ve done so only twice: for Jesse Jackson in 1988, and for Barack Obama in 2008). We do so now impelled by the awareness that our rigged system works for the few and not for the many. Americans are waking up to this reality, and they are demanding change. This understanding animates both the Republican and Democratic primaries, though it has taken those two contests in fundamentally different directions.

At the core of this crisis is inequality, both economic and political. The United States has become a plutocracy—one in which, as Sanders puts it, “we not only have massive wealth and income inequality, but a power structure which protects that inequality.” America’s middle class has melted away, while the gap between rich and poor has reached Gilded Age extremes. The recovery that followed the 2008 economic collapse has not been shared. Indeed, in the United States it seems that nothing is shared these days—not prosperity, nor security, nor even responsibility. While millions of Americans grapple with the consequences of catastrophic climate change, fossil-fuel companies promote climate skeptics so that they can continue to profit from the planet’s destruction. While Americans have tired of endless war, the military-industrial complex and its cheerleaders continue to champion the reckless interventions that have drained our country, damaged our reputation abroad, and created a perfect storm of Pentagon waste, fraud, and abuse. While Americans of every ideological stripe recognize the need for criminal-justice reform, African-American men, women, and children continue to be gunned down by police officers on the streets, and mass incarceration continues largely unabated.

Americans are fed up and fighting back. Seen in isolation, the Fight for $15, Black Lives Matter, the climate-justice movement, the immigrant-rights movement, the campaign for a financial-transactions tax, and the renewed push for single-payer healthcare may seem like unrelated causes. Taken together, they form a rising chorus of outrage over a government that caters to the demands of the super-wealthy, while failing to meet the needs of the many. They share a fury at a politics captured by special interests and big money, where pervasive corruption mocks the very notion of democracy.

Clinton's Health Care Attack Makes No Sense

This is mostly rank nonsense. A single-payer system, like it does in many other countries, would cover everybody, period. To say otherwise is either willfully misunderstanding how it would work or simple scaremongering.

Hillary Clinton, jumping on a line in an old Sanders bill that says his plan would be administered by the states, is attempting to tie him to the failure of many Republican governors to embrace Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, which has resulted in millions of people being denied health insurance. But that's very different from single-payer: Sure, Republican governors could maybe try to weasel out of whatever a President Sanders had in mind, but to think he would design a plan that governors could just ignore is silly. (For the record, Sanders' camp emphatically says the plan would apply to everyone.)

Chelsea Clinton's attack is even worse, making it sound as if Sanders is like the Republicans who call to "repeal and replace" Obamacare without actually drafting a "replace" plan. As former Obama administration adviser David Axelrod said on CNN last night, "Bernie Sanders is proposing single-payer, universal healthcare. You can hardly say he is trying to take health care away from anyone or retreat from Obamacare. He's trying to exceed it. And so it's not really an honest attack."

But Hillary Clinton doubled down on her daughter's words on Wednesday, saying on "Good Morning America" that Sanders would "take everything we currently know as health care, Medicare, Medicaid, the CHIP Program, private insurance, now of the Affordable Care Act, and roll it together.” As she knows, since she is well-versed in health care policy, that's a feature, not a bug of single-payer; the alphabet soup of insurance programs is one of things that makes American health care so confusing and inefficient. Instead of attacking the idea on the merits, she's choosing to make it seem as if Sanders has a callous disregard for people losing health insurance.


Bernie tweet:Pres: not to be afraid of change, but to wield it to improve the lives of all Americans

Tonight’s speech was important. The president reminded us not to be afraid of change, but to wield it to improve the lives of all Americans.
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