April 2016

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Independent Investigation Confirms Sanders Campaign Told the Truth

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Four months ago, in an impulsive overreaction and at a critical point in the campaign just weeks before the closest Iowa caucus results in history, the DNC shut down the Sanders campaign’s access to its own voter file data, only restoring access after the campaign filed a lawsuit in Federal court. Now, four months later, an independent investigation of the firewall failures in the DNC’s shared voter file database has definitively confirmed that the original claims by the DNC and the Clinton campaign were wholly inaccurate – the Sanders campaign never “stole” any voter file data; the …

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Bad Trade Deals Cost Indiana Jobs, Sanders Says

INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders blamed trade policies which he fought and Hillary Clinton supported for the loss of manufacturing jobs in Indiana. He spoke Friday at a United Steelworkers rally outside the Indiana Statehouse where workers were protesting United Technologies’ plans to move two of its Indiana plants to Mexico. “We must rewrite our disastrous trade policies that enable corporate America to shut down plants in this country and move to Mexico and other low-wage countries,” Sanders said. “We need to end the race to the bottom and enact trade policies that demand that American corporations create jobs …

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Workers’ Memorial Day

On September 11, 2001, almost 3,000 people died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the airliner crash in Pennsylvania. That tragedy is being compounded by the growing toll of cancer, lung disease and other illnesses related to the attack, particularly in the New York metro area, where first responders were exposed to a sickening mix of chemical and biological toxins. USA Today reported that “more than 9,000 claimants have been determined eligible for compensation of medical bills and other expenses,” and that 2,620 of the approved cases were cancer-related. This second wave of illness and …

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U.S. Economy Expands to 0.5% Pace, Weakest in Two Years

The U.S. economy expanded in the first quarter at the slowest pace in two years as American consumers reined in spending and companies tightened their belts in response to weak global financial conditions and a plunge in oil prices. Gross domestic prod…


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Vermont House approves automatic voter registration

MONTPELIER – A bill that would automatically register Vermonters to vote as part of the driver’s license application process has passed the Vermont House of Representatives. House members voted 137-0 Tuesday to send the bill to the Senate. If the bill becomes law, Vermonters could opt out of voter registration by checking a box on the application or renewal form for a driver’s license or nondriver identification card. Otherwise, the Department of Motor Vehicles would assume applicants met the legal requirements for voting and would send their information to the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office. (Read the rest here.)

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In the Time It Takes to Read This Article, a Person Will Die at Work in the US

By the time you’re done reading this article, roughly one person will likely have died from dangerous working conditions somewhere in America. It could happen in virtually any job, but it’s especially likely to happen to a Latino worker, maybe someone working on your office building’s roof. There’s also good chance they’ll be killed in a rigging mishap while extracting the natural gas powering your laptop, or perhaps they’ll be an immigrant woman killed in a farming accident while harvesting your groceries. The AFL-CIO’s new annual workplace-fatality report, based on 2014 federal labor statistics and Occupational Safety and Health Administration …

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New York City Millennials Make Less, Have More Debt

Millennials in New York City earn about 20% less than the previous generation of young workers and are likely to struggle for years from the effects of the late-2000s recession, according to a report from city Comptroller Scott Stringer. The report found the recession saddled people who were born from 1985 to 1996 with greater debt than their parent and given them fewer high-wage job opportunities even as the cost of housing in the city has risen. “Millennials were applying for jobs in the most difficult economic climate since the Great Depression,” Mr. Stringer said in his report, which was …

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Sanders Campaign Prepares for Remaining Primaries

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ spokesman, Michael Briggs, issued the following statement on Wednesday: “Our campaign has now completed 80 percent of the primaries and caucuses. We look forward to winning here in Indiana next Tuesday and in the few remaining states and territories holding primaries and caucuses in May and June. That means that we no longer require many of the loyal and dedicated state and national support staffers who helped us in places like New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and other states where the nominating contests have been completed. “We will continue …

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Sanders Statement on Primary Elections

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday issued the following statement: “I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victories tonight, and I look forward to issue-oriented campaigns in the 14 contests to come. “I am proud that we were able to win a resounding victory tonight in Rhode Island, the one state with an open primary where independents had a say in the outcome. Democrats should recognize that the ticket with the best chance of winning this November must attract support from independents as well as Democrats. I am proud of my campaign’s record in that regard. “The …

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Straight out of college, women make $4 less per hour than men—and the gap is getting wider

Right out of college, young male college graduates are paid more than their women peers—astonishing, given that these young people by definition have the same experience. While young men with a college degree earn an average hourly wage of $20.94 early in their careers, their female counterparts earn an average hourly wage of just $16.58, or $4.36 less than men. This difference would translate to a $9,000 annual wage gap for full-time workers. Furthermore, this gap has widened not only over the past several decades, but even over the past few years. In 1990 and 2000, young female college graduates earned …

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Sanders Campaigns in Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday brought his White House campaign back to Pennsylvania, the biggest of five states in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic holding the next round of Democratic Party primary elections on Tuesday. Sanders was introduced at the University of Pittsburgh rally by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, one of 10 states scheduled to hold primaries in May and June. Sanders has pledged to carry his campaign through to Oregon, California and all of the remaining states still slated to vote. “From coast to coast people are standing up, they are fighting back and they …

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The Countless Ways Poverty Affects People’s Health

Poverty’s harsh effects on health start before babies are born and pile up throughout their adult lives. With stressed-filled homes, shaky nutrition, toxic environments and health-care gaps of every kind, kids in very low-income families may never catch up when it comes to their health. Below, experts spell out the strong link between poverty and illness and discuss efforts to lift people to better health. Between 10 and nearly 15 years – that’s the difference in life expectancy between the poorest and richest people in the United States, according to findings just published online in the medical journal JAMA. In …

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Disappearing pensions hurt U.S. economy as well as workers

Retirement has taken a back seat to corporate profitability for more than 40 years as the United States has embraced the reduction of pensions, and now the U.S. economy is paying the price with lowered productivity. Without pensions, older workers are being forced to work longer hours and stay in the workforce longer, and that means they’re squeezing out some of the most productive workers of all, known as core workers, according to a study by the University of Paris-Sorbonne … The drop in U.S. pensions also contributed to the rising gap between the rich and poor, and that inequality …

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Sanders Challenges Clinton on Climate Change in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday focused on climate change and other critical issues in a speech to more than 7,000 supporters two days before Rhode Island Democrats go to the polls. The crowd here in the Ocean State, where climate change is a key issue, cheered Sanders’ call for bold action to combat the planetary crisis. He challenged Hilary Clinton to support his legislation for a tax on planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions. “Join me and impose a tax on carbon,” Sanders said of legislation he has introduced in the Senate. The push for a carbon tax …

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College Could Be Free In America If Corporations Paid Reagan-Era Taxes

If corporations paid the same tax rate as they did under Ronald Reagan, governments in the U.S. would have enough money to fund prekindergarten for every 4-year-old in America and higher education for every American attending public colleges and universities, according to a Huffington Post review of government data. Corporations paid an effective tax rate of 31.7 percent on average during Reagan’s eight years in the White House, according to Commerce Department figures that measure corporate profits and taxes paid to local, state, federal and foreign governments. But in the seven full years President Barack Obama has occupied the post, …

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