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Supporters line up for Sanders run When Neil Nevins introduced Sen. Bernard Sanders before he spoke in Warner, N.H., on a sunny Saturday in June, he ticked off the highlights of Sanders’ resumé: Burlington mayor, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator. “We are not quite sure what the next path is,” said Nevins, owner of Mainstreet Bookends in Warner. To which the crowd of roughly 250 yelled in near unison: “President!” Read the Full Story
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US Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont launches Progressive Democrats of America 10th anniversary in Northampton

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders does not believe his support for the working class makes him unusual.  Though he finds that many people who call themselves progressives believe they are in...

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Demand for Care Shows Access Problems that Single-Payer Coul…

Demand for Care Shows Access Problems that Single-Payer Could Solve

At my local Kaiser facility today, the pharmacy was bursting at the seams with patients and others waiting for pharmacy services.  Children with runny noses clinging to their mothers' legs...

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Bernie Sanders bound for Iowa

Bernie Sanders bound for Iowa

WASHINGTON – First, he traveled to New Hampshire. Now he's bound for Iowa. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is hitting all the familiar campaign stops as he considers whether to run for president...

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Progressive Democrats meeting May 8 to organize Sanders '16 …

Progressive Democrats meeting May 8 to organize Sanders '16 presidential run

Vermont Democratic Socialist to be in Iowa on May 17 DES MOINES — Jeff Cox isn't sure what it means that Sen. Bernie Sanders will be visiting Iowa later this month,...

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The Pardon Attorney's office is open for business!

The Pardon Attorney's office is open for business!

The Pardon Attorney’s office is open for business! And it has a new boss! That’s pretty much the message that the Deputy Attorney General sent today when he announced that...

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U.S. Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law

U.S. Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law

A federal judge struck down Wisconsin's voter identification law Tuesday, declaring that a requirement that voters show a state-issued photo ID at the polls imposes an unfair burden on poor...

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93 Countries Who Have Changed Their Minds About Obama

93 Countries Who Have Changed Their Minds About Obama

During the Bush years, people all over the world were horrified by America's aggression, human rights abuses and militarism. By 2008, only one in three people around the world approved...

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Out of the Shadows: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Out of the Shadows: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is, as they boast on its website, the world's largest business organization, as well as the nation's largest corporate lobbying group. It is also a recipient...

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Corporations Divest Nearly $60 Million From Private Prison I…

Corporations Divest Nearly $60 Million From Private Prison Industry

Three corporations announced their divestment from Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group, the two largest private prison companies in the United States, late last week. Scopia Capital Management,...

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