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Senator Bernie Sanders Hosts Town Hall Meeting in Derry (video, pic)

The Vermont senator vowed again to campaign without super-PACs. He says he collected $750,000 contributions from individuals.

"A larger number than any candidate at this point in the campaign in American history," Sanders said.

He also spoke about his plan to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour and make every public college and university tuition free. The crowd gave Sanders a standing ovation when he promised to fight for 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave.

On Saturday, Oct. 31, Sanders will hold a press conference at the IBEW 490 Hall in Concord. At 1 p.m., he will hold a town hall meeting in Warner at 5 East Main Street. His final stop of his trip will be Lebanon High School for a town hall meeting at 4 p.m.


What we are trying to do in this campaign is speak truth to power," Bernie Sanders tells town hall in Derry, NH

Bernie Sanders announces at office opening in Nashua that campaign has surpassed 750,000 donors. Avg around $30

BOROWITZ:Jeb Quits Race with “Mission Accomplished” Banner (not really)


Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced that he was dropping out of the race for the Republican Presidential nomination, while standing in front of a “Mission Accomplished” banner draped over the façade of his campaign headquarters, in Miami.

Speaking to his remaining staff members who were seated in a dozen folding chairs, Bush thanked them for the hard work that led to the triumphant completion of their mission.

“Our work is done,” Bush said. “Thanks to you, we have prevailed.”

While acknowledging that he took pride in the impressive success of his campaign, Bush stressed that victory did not belong to him alone. “This is a great day for America,” he said.


LOL:Watch this college student’s perfect ‘Oh shit’ face as Bernie Sanders drops a bombshell

Watch this college student’s perfect ‘Oh shit’ face as Bernie Sanders drops a bombshell about legal pot

“In my view, the time is long overdue for us to remove the federal prohibition on marijuana,” Sanders said as students loudly cheered. “In my view, states should have the right to regulate marijuana the same way that state and local laws now govern the sale of alcohol and tobacco.”

Previously, in an interview with Katie Couric, Sanders called marijuana a “gateway drug” that can lead to heroin and cocaine addiction, making the candidate’s reversal a bit of a shock.

No one seemed more surprised than the unidentified student seated behind Sanders, who seemed uninterested in the candidate’s stump speech until he addressed weed, at which point he snapped to attention and appeared to say “Oh shit.”


Death Penalty Could Provide Debate Fodder for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

Hillary Rodham Clinton, who leads most Democratic polls nationally and in Iowa, has for months moved to her party’s left on a range of issues, from immigration overhaul to criminal justice reform to, more recently, opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Yet on Wednesday, Mrs. Clinton bluntly told attendees at a campaign event that she supports the death penalty — in limited use and in limited cases, but she still supports it. And that’s a position that isn’t shared by much of the Democratic primary base.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, her main opponent in the Democratic contest, called for the abolition of the death penalty in a speech on the Senate floor on Thursday, a move that highlighted the issue and the fact that he is to her left on it.

“We are all shocked and disgusted by some of the horrific murders that we see in this country, seemingly every week,” Mr. Sanders said. “And that is precisely why we should abolish the death penalty. At a time of rampant violence and murder, the state should not be part of that process.”


Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is The Queen Of The Internet. And That's Pretty Much The Law.

A new book on the most "notorious" justice on the Supreme Court leaves no doubt as to why she's an icon of equal citizenship for all.

One of the most tired clichés in Supreme Court lore is the idea that today’s dissents are tomorrow’s majorities.

It's a thing. Ruth Bader Ginsburg knows it.

Dissents are often lonely, loud and legally insignificant. The person dissenting is hardly celebrating. On occasion, the dissent may offer a call to action, or maybe a few words of guidance for lawyers, lawmakers and legal minds wanting to try new things or bring about reform. Dissents may get quoted for clicks; at worst, they fall on deaf ears.

In life and in law, Ginsburg has experienced dissent, and now there's a book to show for it. In Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, MSNBC reporter Irin Carmon and recent law graduate Shana Knizhnik trace some of the justice’s greatest dissenting moments -- both from on the bench and off -- and what they mean in the larger scheme of Ginsburg’s quest for “equal citizenship stature” for everyone under the law.

Vice President Biden and Democratic Candidate Bernie Sanders Meet Privately

Vice President Joe Biden -- who recently said that he would not run in 2016 -- met privately with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders Thursday.

During a one hour conversation at the Vice President’s residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington D.C., the two former colleagues discussed campaign finance reform and a free education plan.

“I look forward to working with President Obama and Vice President Biden to tackle some of the major issues facing our country,” Sanders said in a statement to ABC News.

Having spent many years in the senate, the Vice President and Sanders have worked together on a number of issues. Today, a campaign rep for Sanders said, “They are friends from way back.”


Fix Our Broken Criminal Justice System

Bernie Sanders on Hillary's Accusation Of Sexism and Emily's List (Video)


SANDERS: Thomas, number one, if you look at my record in the Congress, you will find there are very few people who have a stronger pro-woman voting record, including a 100 percent record on -- as an abortion rights advocate.

Number two, if you check the record, what you will find is that what Secretary Clinton is saying is just not accurate.


ROBERTS: Senator, how do you respond, though, to EMILY's List saying that what your campaign manager said is condescending in reference to Secretary Clinton being a good vice president, potentially someone that you will even interview?

SANDERS: You know, I think that every campaign has statements come out which are inappropriate. That was inappropriate. And clearly, I have a lot of respect for Secretary Clinton.

If elected, Bernie Sanders wouldn’t be America’s first socialist president

From the Revolutionary War, to the New Deal, to Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon, American socialism is nothing new

First, socialism and capitalism are not mutually exclusive concepts. Senator Sanders will tell you as much. When he advocates for Nordic-style social democracy, he isn’t talking about capital-S “Socialism” of the kind that inspired so much McCarthyist paranoia in mid-century America. He’s talking about European economies that essentially operate on the free market (under reasonable government oversight), serving a populace than enjoys robust social-welfare programming.

Even Republican presidents have enacted socialist projects. President Dwight D. Eisenhower (in office 1953-61) continued the post-World War II GI bill into peacetime, which is often attributed for creating the much-talked-about mid-century American middle class, the men and women who drove the economy into hyperdrive. He also created the Interstate highway system, a perpetuation of the New Deal, and enforced Brown v. Board of Education, a landmark case in the fight for equal access to public education for African Americans.

John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Harry Truman—they all demonstrated socialist politics in some form or another (and were often accused of big, red Communism as a result).

In short, socialism vs. capitalism is, and alway has been, a false dichotomy. It’s a specter raised by anti-regulation, libertarian types to drum up public antipathy for government oversight. It’s language that cleverly stokes the embers of Red Scare. But, as history indicates, social welfare and free-market economics have operated side-by-side in America for centuries. And that isn’t likely to change.

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Sen. Sanders to Visit New Hampshire, Friday and Saturday (Itinerary)

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday begins a two-day swing through New Hampshire. A meeting with senior citizens in Manchester kicks off the trip, which also includes stops in Nashua, Derry, Concord, Warner and Lebanon. The Democratic Party presidential candidate will discuss a wide range of issues, including income and wealth inequality and the disappearing middle class, getting big money out of politics, criminal justice reform, and his college affordability plan.

Here is the itinerary:

12:15 P.M.
Meeting with Senior Citizens, William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas Street, Manchester

4:45 P.M. 
Nashua Field Office Visit and Phonebank Kickoff, 381 Main Street, Nashua

7 P.M. 
Derry Town Hall, Pinkerton Academy-Shepard Auditorium, 5 Pinkerton Street, Derry
Doors open at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served.

11:15 A.M. 
Press Conference, IBEW 490 Hall, 48 Airport Road, Concord

1 P.M. 
Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main Street, Warner
Doors open at noon. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served.

4 P.M. 
Lebanon Town Hall, Lebanon High School Gymnasium, 195 Hanover Street, Lebanon
Doors open at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served.

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