February 2016

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More Dishonest Attacks from the Clinton Campaign

BOSTON – Hillary Clinton’s campaign is once again attacking Bernie Sanders’ record, purposefully leaving out the facts and misleading the American people. The latest misinformation campaign implies that Sen. Sanders only opposed the 2007 immigration reform bill because of his concerns about U.S. workers, even though he was fighting that same year to stop corporations from ruthlessly exploiting guest workers. “It is shameful to see the fabrication of facts and reinventing of history,” Rep. Raúl Grijalva said. “Sen. Sanders is the only candidate in the Democratic presidential race with a detailed immigration plan and a strong, consistent record on immigration …

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Sanders in Minnesota Puts Spotlight on Saving the Planet

MINNEAPOLIS – Bernie Sanders returned to Minnesota one day ahead of Super Tuesday when voters here and in 10 other states go to caucuses or polling places to help select the Democratic Party presidential nominee. “Let us make history tomorrow,” Sanders said in remarks that invoked the memory of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota. “Our whole state is on fire for Bernie Sanders,” U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison told the crowd while introducing the U.S. senator from Vermont. In remarks at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Sanders focused on the environment and the need to address the planetary crisis …

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Setting the Record Straight on Medicare for All: An Open Letter From 560 Physicians and Medical Students

The following statement has been signed by more than 560 physicians and medical students. It was crafted by Andrea Christopher, M.D., Fellow in General Internal Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Adam Gaffney, M.D., Fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and the two of us, Drs. Steffie Woolhandler and David U. Himmelstein. Other physicians and medical students are invited to read and sign the statement here: medicare-for-all.us Setting the Record Straight on Medicare for All: An Open Letter From 560 Physicians and Medical Students The renewed debate over the merits of single-payer health …

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New Study Confirms: Private “Trade” Courts Serve the Ultra-Wealthy

A new study confirms what many activists have suspected for a long time: The private courts set up by international “trade” deals heavily favor billionaires and giant corporations, and they do so at the expense of governments and people. Smaller companies and less-wealthy individuals don’t benefit nearly as much from these private courts as the extremely rich and powerful do. Other interested parties – whether they’re governments, children, working people, or the planet itself –are unable to benefit from these private courts at all. The “investor-state dispute settlement” process, or ISDS, is built into treaties like NAFTA and the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It allows foreign …

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Exxon’s Never-Ending Big Dig: Flooding the Earth With Fossil Fuels

Here’s the story so far. We have the chief legal representatives of the eighth and 16th largest economies on Earth (California and New York) probing the biggest fossil fuel company on Earth (ExxonMobil), while both Democratic presidential candidates are demanding that the federal Department of Justice join the investigation of what may prove to be one of the biggest corporate scandals in American history.  And that’s just the beginning.  As bad as Exxon has been in the past, what it’s doing now — entirely legally — is helping push the planet over the edge and into the biggest crisis in …

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Sanders Shooting for $40 Million Month

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Bernie Sanders’ backers were racing the clock on Monday to raise more than $40 million by tonight’s end-of-the-month midnight deadline. To keep up the momentum propelling Sanders’ grassroots White House bid, the campaign set the ambitious goal of topping the $40 million mark for February. With one day to go in the month, Sanders’ campaign has raised more than $36 million from 1.2 million individual contributions. That sum already makes the shortest month of the year the best yet in the 10-month-old campaign. A $40 million month would be nearly half as much as the $94.8 …

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Love Trumps Hatred, Sanders Tells Oklahoma Rally

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Turning his sights on Republican front-runner Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders campaigned Sunday in the Sooner State for the second time in a week. “There would be nothing that would give me more pleasure than to defeat Donald Trump,” Sanders told the rally in Oklahoma City’s Cox Convention Center. “We will win because love trumps hatred,” Sanders added to cheers from the crowd of some 6,000 supporters. Sanders would give Democrats the best chance at victory in November because he leads by far greater margins than Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in head-to-head matchups with the real estate …

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Endorses Sanders

ROCHESTER, Minn. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday welcomed an endorsement by U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who resigned her Democratic National Committee leadership post in order to back Sanders for president. “There is a clear contrast between our two candidates with regard to my strong belief that we must end the interventionist, regime change policies that have cost us so much. This is not just another ‘issue.’ This is the issue, and it’s deeply personal to me,” Gabbard said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Congresswoman Gabbard is one of the important voices of a new generation of …

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‘We Love You, Bernie,’ Crowd Shouts in Super Tuesday Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Bernie Sanders on Saturday brought his campaign for the White House from big rallies in Texas to a spirited meeting here in Minnesota, both states where the Democratic nomination contest shifts into high gear in just three days. “We love you Bernie,” supporters yelled from the audience as he strode onto a stage at the Mayo Civic Center. He spoke out about the rigged economy, declining wages and growing gaps in wealth and income. “Together we are going to create an economy that works for working families, not just the 1 percent,” Sanders told the crowd of …

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Sanders Statement on South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement on Saturday after polls closed in South Carolina: “I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victory in South Carolina. “I am very proud of the campaign we ran. I am grateful for the grassroots supporters who took on the political establishment and stood up for working families. I appreciate the many friendships that Jane and I have forged with people across South Carolina, where I was all but unknown when this campaign began 10 months ago. I will always be especially thankful for the courageous support of state Reps. Terry …

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Big Texas Rally for Sanders as Super Tuesday Nears

AUSTIN, Texas – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders drew 10,100 supporters to a Saturday morning rally where he told the crowd he is in the best position to defeat Republican front-runner Donald Trump and challenged Hillary Clinton to release transcripts of secret speeches she gave to Wall Street bankers and other special interests. At the outdoor rally at a raceway under a big blue Texas sky, Sanders told the crowd that he looks forward to taking on Trump in the general election this fall. “We will defeat Trump,” Sanders declared because he thinks “wages are too high” and “climate change is …

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Former Labor Secretary Reich Endorses Sanders

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Friday welcomed an endorsement by former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich. “I endorse Bernie Sanders for president of the United States,” Reich wrote. “He’s leading a movement to reclaim America for the many, not the few. And such a political mobilization – a ‘political revolution,’ as he puts it – is the only means by which we can get the nation back from the moneyed interests that now control so much of our economy and democracy. “This extraordinary concentration of income, wealth, and political power at the very top …

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‘Middle-class’ Manufacturing Jobs Pay Fast-food Wages

If you open the newspaper to the business section or listen to a politician talking about economic growth in the country, it may seem that manufacturing is booming in America. After all, the U.S. auto industry saw record sales in 2015, selling 17.5 million cars and light trucks. Americans spent an estimated $570 billion buying new rides. With thousands of jobs being added in the past few years, people everywhere are praising the industry for rebuilding our economy and the middle class. But as those of us who work at auto plants know, that’s not the full story. For five years I’ve …

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Sanders vs. Clinton on Fracking and Climate Change, New TV Ad Up in Minnesota, Colorado

HIBBING, Minn. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday contrasted his and Hillary Clinton’s views on fracking and climate change. He also faulted Clinton for taking campaign cash “from those who would profit off the destruction of the planet.” “Just as I believe you can’t take on Wall Street while taking their money, I don’t believe you can take on climate change effectively while taking money from those who would profit off the destruction of the planet,” Sanders said. Meanwhile, Sanders’ campaign launched a new television ad here in Minnesota and in Colorado about the senator’s strong stance against fracking. …

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