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Descriptions of what it felt like to be at the Bernie Sander's kickoff

As CSPAN and MSNBC appear to have covered the speech -- and I hope the speeches of people who worked for him over the years, Bill McGiben, and both Ben and Jerry, I thought it might be better to describe how much fun it was talking with the other people there and then cheering for Bernie and the other speakers.

This afternoon in Burlington seemed like it does every time there is a festival at one of the two large parks. Everyone seemed happy and excited as they walked from the town or the various parking lots -- or the volunteer staffed "secure bike parking" for people arriving via the many miles of a bike path that runs along the lake...


Read Bernie Sanders’ rousing, policy-heavy speech kicking off his campaign

(Vox) On Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Bernie Sanders gave a rousing speech kicking off his campaign in his home state of Vermont.


‘No Gays Allowed’ Law Set To Pass In Virginia

(Addicting Info) The state of Virginia is set to pass a law which would allow anti-LGBT business owners to bar gay people, purely on the basis of their sexuality.

The Virginia Bill states that anyone seeking or holding a business license from the state of Virginia in the state can refuse service or entry to gay people, on the grounds it “would violate the religious or moral convictions of such person with respect to same-sex “marriage” or homosexual behavior.”


WTH? Lindsey Graham’s ‘pool room’ education

(BBC/MSNBC) Senator Lindsey Graham, the first speaker Friday morning, appearing from Washington via video, spoke of losing his parents as a teenager, working in a pool hall and having to help raise his younger sister – and how it relates to his leadership style.

“Everything I learned about Iranians I learned working in the pool room,” he said. “I met a lot of liars, and I know Iranians are liars.”


Bernie Sanders Storms CNBC and Slams The Sick Greed Of Wall Street

(Politicus USA) In an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood, Sen. Sanders responded to Wall Street’s comparison of regulations to Hitler hunting down the Jews.

Sanders said, “I think it’s sick, and I think these people are so greedy. They’re so out of touch with reality, and they think they own the world, and the idea that me or anybody else are challenging them and saying maybe, just maybe, there’s something wrong with 99% of all new income going to the top 1%. Oh, this is Hitlerism to suggest that? What a disgusting remark. If you’ve seen a massive transfer of wealth from the middle-class to the top one ten of one percent, in our view, you ought to transfer that back. When radical socialist Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, I think the highest marginal tax rate was ninety percent or something like that.”


Ruling may gut 'Obamacare,' but Republicans would feel the heat if millions lose subsidies

(Yahoo) A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans — not White House officials — who have been talking about damage control.

A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican governors, and 22 of the 24 GOP Senate seats up in 2016 are in those states.

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Unions Win $80 Million Overtime Pay Settlement For Indian Health Service Workers

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Mexico drops charges against 4 men, finds they were tortured

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Nebraska senators override governor's veto, repeal death penalty

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