War and Peace

“A Victory for Diplomacy”

Bernie responded to Tuesday’s announcement of a nuclear agreement with Iran, calling it “a victory for diplomacy over saber-rattling.” “I congratulate President Obama, Secretary Kerry and the leaders of other major nations for producing a comprehensive agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” he said. In March of 2015, Bernie condemned 47 Senate Republicans for sending a letter to Iran’s leaders that appeared to undercut the president’s authority to negotiate a nuclear agreement. “[M]y Republican friends seem to be itching for … war,” he said at the time. “It is imperative that Iran not get a nuclear weapon,” …

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Raw Story

Bernie Sanders excites previously unmotivated Alabama voters

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) drew about 300 supporters to a rally in deeply conservative Alabama – including one woman who has never voted in 22 years of eligibility. The Vermont independent, who is running for president as a Democrat, appeared Sunday at the Good People Brewing Company in Birmingham, reported AL.com. One of the those supporters was 40-year-old Elizabeth Hewitt, of Blount County, who said she has never felt like her vote mattered because she never heard a candidate’s message that resonated with her until Sanders. “I didn’t like either candidate,” she told the newspaper. “I didn’t care who won …

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The Middle Class

Jeb Bush Says You’re Not Working Hard Enough. Bernie Responds.

Jeb Bush apparently thinks that the biggest problem facing middle class Americans is that they’re not working hard enough. In a webcast interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader, the former Florida governor and GOP presidential candidate said this: “My aspiration for the country, and I believe we can achieve it, is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours … (and) through their productivity, gain more income for …

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Jobs and Growth

Independence Day

As the United States prepared to celebrate Independence Day, Bernie was scheduled to appear at a Fourth of July parade in Iowa after addressing that state’s largest campaign crowd yet. He also had a word of support for the people of Greece on the eve of that nation’s referendum on a new package of proposed spending cuts from international lenders. In Council Bluffs, Iowa, 2,600 people or more attended a rally in the 2,300-seat Mid-America Convention Center. They cheered when Bernie called for a $15 per hour minimum wage, breaking up the big banks, and bold action against climate change. …

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Justice for All

‘A National Disgrace’

Tuesday, June 30 capped a fundraising frenzy on the part of candidates seeking to meet their campaign-cash goals before the end of the Federal Election Commission’s reporting period. Bernie’s response: “It is a national disgrace that billionaires and other extremely wealthy people are able to heavily influence the political process by making huge contributions.” Republican candidates have been seeking cash from big-donor billionaires, making the rounds on what the New York Times describes as a “shadow campaign trail.” “Elections should be determined by who has the best ideas, not who can hustle the most money from the rich and powerful,” Bernie said as the deadline approached. …

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The Middle Class

It’s Time to Ask Ourselves: Why Not?

Our job is not to think small. It is to think big. The United States is the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. Why are we so far behind so many other countries when it comes to meeting the needs of working families and the American middle class? Why doesn’t every American have access to health care as a basic right? Why can’t every American who is qualified get a higher education, regardless of family income? Why can’t we have full employment at a decent living wage? Why must many older Americans be forced to choose between paying …

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Campaign

Bernie’s Labor Backing Keeps Growing

A new group called Labor for Bernie has been formed to support the Sanders candidacy. The group’s website includes a sign-on letter for labor activists and offers a “tool kit” which includes sample resolutions in support of Bernie’s candidacy and a series of quotes from unionists about it. Here are some sample quotes: “I think everyone is just sick and tired of hearing promises from politicians who say they’ll fight 100 percent for people but then act for Wall Street…Bernie Sanders has never strayed from his working class roots …” “The reason I support Senator Sanders is simple: Bernie has …

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The Middle Class

“I Think We’re Going to Win”: Bernie on ABC’s “This Week”

This Sunday (June 28) Bernie appeared on “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, who opened the segment with clips of large Sanders rallies. “Look at the crowds coming out for our next guest,” said Stephanopoulos. “And that’s not all: so many headlines…” Sign up for more updates on Bernie’s economic agenda. Join the team Bernie was asked whether he still believed he will win the New Hampshire primary. “We are going to win New Hampshire,” he said, “we’re going to win Iowa, and I think we’re going to win the Democratic nomination.” He added: “And I think we’re going to win …

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News

Supreme Court Allows Health Care Law. Now Let’s Have Medicare for All.

The Supreme Court has rendered its decision on King v Burwell. That decision will allow millions of Americans to retain access to health insurance through the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In his response to the Court’s decision, Bernie said that the decision protects the ACA’s “modest gains,” adding: “It’s also a good day for the small business owners who, before the passage of the Affordable Care Act, couldn’t afford the escalating cost of providing insurance for their employees.” Add your name to the Medicare-for-all single-payer petition. Add Your Name Bernie went on to say this: “But while …

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News

Broad Public Support for Bernie’s Plan to Expand Social Security

It looks like Bernie’s pro-Social Security stance may become a major plus for his campaign. A new survey confirms what other studies have already found: voters like the idea – a lot. Sign up for more updates on Bernie’s plan to expand Social Security. Join the team A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that voters prefer candidates who support “funding an increase in Social Security benefits by adding the Social Security tax on income above one hundred and eighteen thousand dollars a year.” That’s an excellent description of Bernie’s Expand Social Security Act, which would expand benefits by …

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Trade

Trade Vote Passes: “Fast Track” to a Bad Deal

Today the Senate passed legislation virtually assuring the passage of job-killing trade-related agreements with nations in Europe and the Pacific Rim. Bernie was a leader in the opposition to this provision, and to the agreements whose ratification is now all but certain. Sign up for more updates on Bernie’s trade agenda. Join the team “Trade Promotion Authority” – better known as “fast track” – prevents Congress from amending or filibustering trade agreements, and limits the time allowed for debate. It will be in effect for the remainder of Barack Obama’s presidency and through the next president’s first term. “The vote …

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Justice for All

Bernie Praises Pope Francis For Climate Change Position

Bernie issued a statement last week praising Pope Francis for his encyclical, or papal letter, on climate change. The encyclical states that “the climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.” Pope Francis affirmed that climate change is caused by humans, condemned the “greed” which engenders it, and called for “break(ing) with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness.” Bernie had the following response to the papal letter: “Pope Francis’ powerful message on climate change should change the debate around the world and become a catalyst for the bold actions needed to reverse global warming. The pope …

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