Berniemania Sweeps The Green
The largest political crowd in decades filled the Green Sunday night as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brought his income-inequality message to New Haven with an Elm City twist: contrasting Yale’s $25.57 billion endowment with the struggles of young people in the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods.
“Many of our people are not working one job or two jobs, they’re working three jobs,” said the Vermont U.S. senator, who has waged a vigorous challenge to frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination Hillary Clinton. The two square off in Connecticut’s primary on Tuesday.
Estimates of Sunday night’s crowd ran as high as 14,000 — apparently the largest crowd for a political event on the Green since the 1970 Mayday protests on behalf of the Black Panthers on trial for murder in New Haven.
“This is a lot of people. Thank you New Haven!” Sanders said in taking the stage.
He spoke of his candidacy as “a revolution that will not just elect a president” but will “transform the United States.”
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Thousands of people are lined up tonight to see Bernie Sanders and a star-studded opening lineup in New York City for one of his biggest rallies yet.
Vampire Weekend, Spike Lee, Rosario Dawson, Linda Sarsour, Shailene Woodley, Tim Robbins, and Graham Nash will be opening for Vermont’s U.S. Senator at Washington Square Park, where Sanders is slated to speak at 8 p.m. Even though Secret Service started letting people into the park at 5 p.m., people started lining up in the early afternoon. Local news trucks started setting up at the park before 12 p.m. Eastern Time:
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by Andrew Prokop
The political revolution has arrived in New Hampshire, as Bernie Sanders easily defeated Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, according to calls by multiple networks.
Sanders’s victory — which would have been all-but-unimaginable a year ago — is a truly remarkable achievement for a “democratic socialist” who began the the campaign as a mere blip in the polls, little-known nationally and lacking any party establishment support whatsoever.
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Median income would soar by more than $22,000. Nearly 26 million jobs would be created. The unemployment rate would fall to 3.8%.
Those are just a few of the things that would happen if Bernie Sanders became president and his ambitious economic program were put into effect, according to an analysis given exclusively to CNNMoney. The first comprehensive look at the impact of all of Sanders’ spending and tax proposals on the economy was done by Gerald Friedman, a University of Massachusetts Amherst economics professor.
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On both sides of the Atlantic, economic insecurity is fuelling the rise of new movements on the left
By Owen Jones
He’s the septuagenarian powered by youth. The figures behind Bernie Sanders’ triumph in Iowa – in which his grassroots insurgency scored a virtual tie against what he rightly described as “the most powerful political organisation” in the US – are astonishing. Among Iowa Democrats aged between 17 and 29, 84% opted for this unlikely youth icon; among those aged 30-44, Sanders still had a 21-point lead over Hillary Clinton. It was older Americans who flocked to Clinton’s camp: nearly seven out of 10 of those aged over 65. The generations appeared separated by a political chasm.
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Bernie Sanders now leads Hillary Clinton by 14 points in New Hampshire, according to the latest Monmouth University Poll of likely New Hampshire voters who are likely to vote in the first-in-the-nation primary in February.
Fifty-three percent of these voters choose Sanders, compared to 39 percent for Clinton. And the new poll shows that Clinton has also lost her edge over Sanders among registered Democrats, women and older voters. Sanders has now surpassed her with these voters, while holding onto his lead among registered independents, men and younger voters.
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Since the Occupy movement, the dirty word as far as many millennials are concerned is not socialism, but capitalism
By Kshama Sawant
There is a decisive mood of resistance in America – a backlash to the status quo. The Bernie Sanders campaign for president is capturing that mood, and it is no surprise that ‘socialism’ was the most looked-up word in 2015.
The American youth of today did not grow up in the shadow of the Cold War. The vilification of socialist ideas by Republicans anyway only serves, if anything, to pique their interest. Coupled with that is the future most young Americans face: a low-wage job market, proliferation of student debt and an escalating housing affordability crisis. Since the Occupy movement, the dirty word as far as many millennials are concerned is not socialism, but capitalism.
There is deep anger against gaping income inequality and systemic racism. People are hungry for political alternatives that will serve their interests for a change instead of the insatiable greed of Wall Street.
Our city council re-election victory in Seattle, Washington, this fall is a powerful indicator of the prevailing mood. The first time our Socialist Alternative Partywon, in 2013, the political and business establishment did not take us seriously. But we have shown that not only can a socialist win in the US, a socialist can drive the political agenda of a major city. This time around, big business and their political representatives mobilized a massive campaign against us, fueled with large amounts of corporate cash, disingenuous attack mailers, red baiting and red herrings.
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This is the moment when things got heated.
By Sam Levine,
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was not impressed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s plan to regulate Wall Street.
“I’ve laid out a very aggressive plan to rein in Wall Street, not just the big banks; that’s a part of the problem and I am going right at them, I’ve got a tough plan,” Clinton said, going on to explain how the government needed to regulate the “shadow banking industry” such as hedge funds, insurance companies and investment banks.
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It was, without question, the climax of the debate. Hillary Clinton was defending herself against email allegations, when Bernie Sanders came to her rescue. In doing so, he not only demonstrated the decency that is the hallmark of his campaign, but also proved that he’s no ordinary politician.
Bernie Sanders doesn’t want to win the White House if it means losing his integrity. He’s willing to protect even his political rival if it’s in the name of justice.
This campaign cannot be about emails, but only Bernie Sanders was big enough to say that, on his competitor’s behalf.
Bernie Sanders: “What the Secretary said is right. And that is the American people are tired of hearing about your damn emails.”
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Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Des Moines Register Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair.
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders takes questions from the press after speaking to 2,000 people in Dubuque, Iowa.
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Watch Bernie Sanders tell Alan Greenspan, in 2003, that Americans are not living the way that Mr. Greenspan imagines they are. Then just 5 years later Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, admits that there is a flaw in his ideology model..
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BY ANDREW RAFFERTY
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders formally kicked off his underdog White House bid on Tuesday, promising to build a grassroots movement of millions ready “to stand up and fight back.”
“Here is my promise to you for this campaign. Not only will I fight to protect the working families of this country, but we’re going to build a movement of millions of Americans who are prepared to stand up and fight back,” Sanders said in the first major speech of his campaign. “We are going to take this campaign directly to the people – in town meetings, door to door conversations, on street corners and in social media.”
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By Justin Akers
Bernie Sanders is a socialist who has somehow managed to land a spot in the US Senate, the most deliberative, prestigious body of government in a nation that is at the helm of a globe and space-spanning capitalist empire. It is an act of political genius for someone to have accomplished such a feat in an era of neoliberal hegemony. He is obviously astoundingly good at politics, but he conceals his political skill with a gruff, grandpa-next-door demeanor.
A zealot is someone who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their ideals. Sanders is a socialist zealot. If you take the time to watch him speak, you will quickly come to realize that he is passionately driven by socialist ideals. That is to say, he is passionately devoted to justice.
Never before in the history of the United States has such a prominent, establishment political figure espoused such a radical economic philosophy in such a sustained and public manner as what you are about to witness in the months ahead.
The Bernie Sanders campaign is incredibly significant, and it is revolutionary.
There are some socialists and radicals out there who want to count all the ways that Sanders is not a “true” socialist. They say he isn’t radical enough. But the purists are missing the point entirely: Sanders is openly socialist, he is already in the Senate, and he is aiming for the Presidency. Socialism is out now, on the Presidential campaign trail.
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“Many people think that Congress regulates Wall Street , but in fact it is Wall Street that regulates Congress.” ~ Sen. Bernie Sanders
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