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Stand With Sanders Against ‘Pro-Fracking’ Bill, Environmentalists Urge Senate Democrats


Amid Democratic silence, Sen. Bernie Sanders is winning praise for condemning what environmental groups call a “giveaway to oil and gas interests.”

Posted on Jul 22, 2017 READ MORE
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Forget Russia. The Damage to American Democracy Is ‘Homegrown and Self-Actualized.’


Media critic Norman Solomon says the Democratic Party’s Russia fixation—and blaming Vladimir Putin for everything that went wrong in 2016—ignores vital messaging on important issues.

Posted on Jul 19, 2017 READ MORE

‘Berniecrats’ Support Jackson Movement but Continue to Ignore War and U.S. Empire


Bernie Sanders’ “Our Revolution” campaign appears to have pocketed the credibility of the Jackson, Miss., movement without giving Jackson or its principals a thing. (Pictured, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba.)

Posted on Jul 14, 2017 READ MORE

The Democratic Party Is Such a Mess—What to Do, What to Do?


A CliffsNotes version of arguments by 10 expert analysts and pundits, with a wide range of perspectives.

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 READ MORE

The Notion That White Workers Elected Trump Is a Myth That Suits the Ruling Class


Saying he was put into office by blue-collar voters serves the interests of top Democrats, Republicans, the dominant media and the big-business elite.

Posted on Jul 7, 2017 READ MORE

Naomi Klein: ‘Counting on [Trump] Self-Destructing Is Very, Very Dangerous’ (Video)

The author of “The Shock Doctrine” worries that Democrats are positioning themselves as the “Impeachment Party” rather than proposing ideas for bettering American lives.

Posted on Jul 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

How Hillary Clinton’s Goldman Sachs Speeches Cost Her the 2016 Election


Between April 2013 and March 2015, she gave 91 paid speeches averaging $235,000 apiece, for a total of $21,648,000. This excerpt from “How I Lost” spotlights three of those talks.

Posted on Jul 3, 2017 READ MORE

Why California’s Single-Payer ‘Shell Bill’ Was Doomed From the Start


The Intercept explains how supporters of California’s SB 562, recently shelved by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, are “hiding the realities of California’s woeful political structure.”

Posted on Jul 1, 2017 READ MORE

Sanders Has His Priorities Backward; We Can’t Delay Medicare for All


Sen. Bernie Sanders (pictured, left) was on track to introduce and advocate for a Medicare-for-all bill, but now he says his priority is to improve the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Jul 1, 2017 READ MORE

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, a Democrat, Shelves State’s Single-Payer Bill


The Healthy California Act, or SB 562, had already passed the state Senate and was making its way through the lower chamber.

Posted on Jun 24, 2017 READ MORE

Medicare for All: A Prescription for What Ails Us


As the Senate’s disclosure of its version of Trumpcare dominates news channels, the underreported movement for single-payer health care grows.

Posted on Jun 22, 2017 READ MORE

Why Is the Corporate Media So Hostile Toward Bernie Sanders?


As the battle for the future of the Democratic Party gets underway, the top echelons of the corporate press promote the Clinton wing while denigrating that of the Vermont senator.

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Host a Q&A on the Secret GOP Health Care Bill (Video)

In a Facebook Live conversation streamed Monday, the senators took audience questions and examined the future of health care in the U.S.

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

New York Times Smears Bernie Sanders in Its Latest Lurch to the Right


A new report inexplicably ties the recent shooting in Alexandria, Va., to belligerent “Bernie Bros.”

Posted on Jun 19, 2017 READ MORE

Economist Richard Wolff on Whether Bernie Sanders Should Stay in the Democratic Party (Video)

The Marxist thinker talks about whether it is best for the Vermont senator (pictured) to continue his work on his own or as a left-wing voice among Democrats.

Posted on Jun 14, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

A Bernie Sanders-Led Party Would Still Be an Imperialist, Pro-War Party


Even if the Vermont senator ran with the People’s Party, he would remain, in the eyes of his critics, a warmonger by virtue of his positions.

Posted on Jun 13, 2017 READ MORE

Head of National Nurses United Encourages Bernie Sanders to Start a People’s Party


The nurses in RoseAnn DeMoro’s union are heavyweights in the progressive world. Can she get her organization to back a new party and leverage that to get other institutions on board?

Posted on Jun 12, 2017 READ MORE

Jeremy Corbyn Changes the Face of British Politics, Shows Socialism Is Appealing to Voters


This week’s Larry’s List is dedicated to the U.K. Labour Party leader and his achievement in the recent general election, which dismantled the establishment trope that the left is unelectable.

Posted on Jun 11, 2017 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Condemns the Democratic Party’s Current Direction (Video)

Speaking to 4,000 at the People’s Summit in Chicago, the Vermont senator calls the Democrats’ strategy an “absolute failure” and points to a progressive way forward.

Posted on Jun 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Bernie Sanders Is Rallying Supporters for a ‘Pivotal Moment’


The Vermont senator will address progressive activists at the labor-sponsored People’s Summit in Chicago on Saturday night.

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 READ MORE

Is Hillary Clinton About to Destroy the Democratic Party?


The 2016 presidential candidate is doing more harm than anyone imagined; a journalist delves into how the Bible Belt “lost God and found Trump”; and Bernie Sanders’ U.K. speaking tour is yielding interesting results.

Posted on Jun 4, 2017 READ MORE

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party Is a Beacon in These Blighted Times


The party’s strong campaign in this Thursday’s election—and the leadership under Corbyn—suggest positive developments that range beyond the U.K.’s borders.

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Pulls U.S. Out of Paris Climate Accord, Drawing Fire From Opponents Around the Globe (Video)


The president’s widely anticipated announcement was met with applause and scorn, some from surprising sources. 

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 READ MORE

Economist Richard Wolff Compares Jeremy Corbyn to Bernie Sanders (Video)

In a discussion about the political turmoil roiling the European Union, the renowned Marxist thinker talks about Europe’s left and the U.K.’s Labour Party leader (shown left; Sanders right).

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Bernie Sanders’ Powerful Graduation Speech Calls for National Transformation (Video)

By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet

At Brooklyn College, which he once attended, the Vermont senator urges graduates to fight back.

Posted on May 31, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

California Rep. Ro Khanna Joins Justice Democrats

A wing of the Democratic Party inspired by Bernie Sanders’ political ideals, the group opposes corporate influence in politics. Critics note that Khanna gets campaign money from Wall Street.

Posted on May 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Sen. Bernie Sanders Is Criticized for Signing Pro-Israel Senate Letter


The Vermont senator (pictured, right) is facing criticism from progressives for his stance on Palestine and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE

Republicans Are Putting Single-Payer Health Care on the Table With Their Anti-Obamacare Fanaticism


Sooner or later, we will have universal health care in this country—sooner if the congressional majority succeeds in destroying the Affordable Care Act, later if it fails.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE

From Bill Maher to Sigmund Freud: A Very Unfunny Look at the Enduring Politics of Hate


Freud’s insights—from his writings and exchanges with Albert Einstein more than eight decades ago—offer a crucial perspective into America’s current political crisis.

Posted on May 8, 2017 READ MORE

Trumpcare Is the Best Advertisement for Nationalizing Insurance


The sadism and greed of the GOP were on display last week as its House members voted to destroy Obamacare and remove coverage for pre-existing conditions. (Pictured, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who commented on the vote.)

Posted on May 8, 2017 READ MORE

Where Is the Elizabeth Warren of Foreign Policy?


Since the election, Congressional Democrats’ silence on foreign policy questions has been deafening. It’s time for them to chart a new course.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE

How Justice Democrats Plan to Give Progressives a Reason to Vote in the 2018 Midterms


Kyle Kulinski, a co-founder of the political movement, tells Truthdig where establishment Democrats are failing and how voters can reform the stagnant party.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE

Blaming Russia Helps Democratic Party’s Anti-Bernie Elites Maintain Power


Rather than pursuing an independent investigation into the 2016 election, the Democratic establishment has used hyperbole to block Bernie Sanders and progressives from pulling away from Wall Street.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE

U.K. Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn Shocks Critics With a Rousing Speech Against the Establishment (Video)

“They do not want us to win,” Corbyn says, kicking off his 2017 election campaign. “Because when we win it is the people, not the powerful, who win.”

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Why Do Democrats Feel Sorry for Hillary Clinton?


Democrats are still unable to blame their nominee and themselves for the 2016 election results; a writer argues that Bernie Sanders is actually a “Democratic Party company man”; a statue of a girl facing Wall Street’s famous Charging Bull becomes a topic of contention.

Posted on Apr 16, 2017 READ MORE

Why the Affordable Care Act Hasn’t Gone Far Enough (Audio and Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and activist Dr. Paul Song discuss the failures of Obamacare and the future of health care reform. Transcript added.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

As French Election Nears, a Bernie Sanders-Style Candidate Rises in the Polls


The threat of proto-fascist Marine Le Pen continuing the trend started by Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory is tempered by the possibility that a socialist—Jean-Luc Melenchon—could prevail.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE

Julian Assange Accuses Democrats of McCarthyism, Maintains Russia Was Not WikiLeaks’ Source (Video)

The founder of WikiLeaks discusses his organization’s role in the 2016 election, America’s current political climate and more in a Democracy Now! interview.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump’s Decision to Attack Syria Increases the Risk of World War III


Russia-baiting has given the president huge incentives to prove he is not Vladimir Putin’s flunky and boosted the odds of a showdown between the world’s two nuclear superpowers.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Attacks Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court Standoff Approaches


“We need a Supreme Court justice who will protect workers’ rights, not just corporate profits,” the Vermont senator says.

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 READ MORE

Inside the Campaign of Green Party Congressional Candidate Kenneth Mejia

Truthdig sits down with the 26-year-old to discuss his grass-roots effort to represent California’s 34th Congressional District.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Why This Isn’t the Time for a Public Health Insurance Option or Medicare for Some


To begin to solve the health care crisis, we need a system based on health and the money to pay for it. House Resolution 676 is the model for that system.

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 READ MORE

Inside the State Department-Sponsored Au Pair Program That Bernie Sanders Calls a ‘Scam’


“They think we are slaves,” says one Brazilian domestic worker who recounts the terrible treatment she faced while participating in the government’s program.

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-All Plan


Democrats on Capitol Hill are gloating about the demise of the American Health Care Act. The Vermont senator is about to do them one better.

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 READ MORE

Bill Clinton Laid the Groundwork for Trump’s Ugly Immigration Policies


Our 42nd president contributed a substantial share to the nation’s pattern of xenophobia.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders: Democrats’ Intransigence Is the Solution, Not the Problem (Video)


The refusal of progressives and Democrats to work with the GOP is not why the American Health Care Act failed, according to the Vermont senator and former presidential candidate.

Posted on Mar 26, 2017 READ MORE

Why Does the Democratic Party Insist on Marginalizing Bernie Sanders?


Despite polls that show he is the most popular politician in the U.S., Sanders’ party continues to thwart him; and to understand Trump’s rise, a good place to look is Iraq. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 19, 2017 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Finds Common Ground in Trump Country


In rural West Virginia, supporters of Donald Trump cheer the progressive senator’s call for universal health care.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE

Is It Fair to Label the President a Liar?


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has done just that on Twitter, responds to a journalist’s challenge on the subject.

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders and Civil Rights Leaders Demand Workers’ Rights at Nissan Factory


If corporations can “stop workers in Mississippi from forming a union, they can keep wages down in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania,” Sanders tweets.

Posted on Mar 6, 2017 READ MORE

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