Sanders defends his view that Trump is a liar

BY NIKITA VLADIMIROV This article originally appeared in The Hill Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday defended his view that President Trump is a liar after being criticized for his rhetoric by a reporter for The Washington Post. “What should a United States senator, or any citizen, do if the president is a liar?” Sanders wrote in a post on Medium. “Does ignoring this reality benefit the American people? Do we make a bad situation worse by disrespecting the president of the United States? Or do we have an obligation to say that he is a liar to protect America’s standing in …

Read More

Bernie Sanders backs unionization campaign in Mississippi as Democrats draft populist agenda

By David Weigel This article originally appeared in The Washington Post On Saturday, workers at a Nissan plant in Canton, Miss., will stop to march for a union and hear from a special guest: Sen. Bernie Sanders. The onetime presidential candidate, now the Democratic caucus’s point man on political outreach, is coming to the “March on Mississippi” to send a message about how organizing can lift workers’ quality of life. “What I’m going to be saying is that the facts are very clear, that workers in America who are members of unions earn substantially more, 27 percent more, than workers …

Read More

Sanders: Sessions should resign

BY JORDAIN CARNEY This article originally appeared in The Hill Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is joining a growing chorus of Democratic senators calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign. Sanders’s statement comes after The Washington Post reported that Sessions spoke to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice during the presidential campaign, then denied any meetings under oath during his confirmation hearing. Sanders called the report “deeply disturbing.” “Attorney General Sessions should resign and a special prosecutor should be appointed to give the American people credible answers about Russia’s involvement in the U.S. election,” Sanders said in a statement. “We need a Justice …

Read More

Bernie Sanders in 14-minute Facebook attack on Donald Trump after Congress address

By Rob Crilly This article originally appeared in The Telegraph Bernie Sanders, the standard bearer of the Democratic Party’s Left wing, has poured scorn on Donald Trump’s first address to Congress, dismissing claims that the speech marked a resetting of the image of the troubled administration. In a 14-minute video posted to Facebook, the veteran Senator – who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination last year – railed against Mr Trump for what he said… and for what he didn’t say. He condemned the president for failing to mention how he will protect benefits for the less well-off and for omitting …

Read More

Bernie Sanders takes another swing at big pharma with bill to allow drug imports

By Carolyn Y. Johnson This article originally appeared in The Washington Post Opening a new front in the war against big pharma, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and a slew of Democratic colleagues introduced a bill Tuesday to allow commercial importation of drugs from Canada. The appeal is obvious; through cheap imported drugs, the United States would be able to take advantage of the government levers and regulation that other countries have used to bring down pharmaceutical prices. It’s a far more politically palatable way to attack the problem of soaring drug prices than opening up an even more contentious fight over whether the U.S. government …

Read More

Activist muscle gives Obamacare a lift

By Mike DeBonis and David Weigel This piece originally appeared in The Washington Post Seven years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Democrats seem finally to have secured a crucial element for its preservation: a robust grass-roots movement supporting it. Pro-ACA protesters attended more than 100 rallies held Saturday across the country, organized by an activist group affiliated with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). That followed a congressional recess week during which GOP lawmakers were confronted by defenders of the health-care law in town hall meetings across the country. Numerous Democratic officeholders also held events touting the law’s successes. …

Read More

Bernie Sanders Loyalists Are Taking Over the Democratic Party One County Office at a Time

In fight to define party in age of Donald Trump, Sanders followers want to transform it from the bottom up by taking control of low-level state and county posts By REID J. EPSTEIN and JANET HOOK This article originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal. In Washington, Democrats are grappling with what it means to be a minority party in the age of Donald Trump. In the rest of the country, populist followers of Sen. Bernie Sanders are mounting a sustained effort to answer the question from the bottom up. In California, supporters of the 2016 presidential contender packed the obscure party meetings that …

Read More

Bernie Sanders’ 3-Point Plan To Move Forward

by Kristin Marguerite Doidge “Thanks for inviting me to your rally,” joked Los Angeles Times columnist and political cartoonist David Horsey to Senator Bernie Sanders at what was supposed to be a stop on the former presidential candidate’s book tour. The event, it turned out, was more like a rock concert than a reading. The senator was welcomed with enthusiastic applause, cheers, and rally cries for “Bernie 2020!” from the sold-out crowd of 1,600 people at The Theatre at Ace Hotel downtown. People young and old, of all different ethnic backgrounds, packed into the theater for the event organized by …

Read More

Sanders, Cummings Blast Pharmaceutical Company for $89,000 Price Tag on Old Drug

by Katherine Greifeld   Marathon Pharmaceuticals LLC will delay the introduction of its $89,000 drug for a deadly muscle disease after patients, families and lawmakers raised questions about price and reimbursement for the product, which is available much more cheaply overseas.The company is “pausing” its launch of the drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, called Emflaza, “because of concerns about access,” according to a statement Monday.Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Elijah Cummings, Democrats who have been critical of high drug costs, wrote Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Aronin, calling the price “outrageous” and asking the company to provide documents and information about how …

Read More

Leading Democrats to rally in Warren for Obamacare

By Kathleen Gray As Republicans in Congress begin taking steps to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, leading Democrats are hitting the road — even to the potentially hostile territory of Macomb County — to rally residents to  help save Obamacare. U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Democrat who won Michigan’s presidential primary election, Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan are among those planning to attend the Save Health Care rally Jan. 15 in Warren. Also planning to attend are the state’s five Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Michigan Democratic Party …

Read More

USA Today

Democrats call for rallies nationwide to oppose GOP on health care

Democratic leaders are calling for a “day of action” on Jan. 15 to mobilize grassroots opposition across the country to Republican plans to “end Medicare as we know it and throw our health care system into chaos.” In a Wednesday letter, Senate and House Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., along with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., asked their congressional colleagues for help organizing rallies or other events in their own states. Sanders, who was tapped to lead “outreach” for Senate Democrats next Congress, has called for Democrats to get out of D.C. and engage working people following Hillary …

Read More

Washington Post

Sanders, Democratic leaders announce ‘Day of Action’ to preempt health care cuts

Democratic congressional leaders and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have called for a Jan. 15 “Day of Action” to oppose any cuts to health-care plans or subsidies from the incoming Trump presidential administration, the latest example of the Vermont senator pushing his (briefly) adopted party toward more activism. “Millions of Americans voted for Donald Trump after he promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid,” write Sanders, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) in the letter, sent to colleagues in Congress. “He must be held to his promises and should veto any …

Read More