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Bernie Sanders has been shared in 77 public circles

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Harga Hp Android dan Spesifikasi2612014-08-03 01:34:41501224CC G+
Hadrian Micciche20,993All of my posts today are shared from some of the people I follow. They may not have me in their circles, but I don't care. I want to see what they post and almost always find it informative and entertaining. These select few are in this circle.People who have either shared my posts, commented on them, or both, are also included. These are people who have engaged with my content and are likely to do the same for you. All of these folks are worthy of being added to your circles.Want to be added ? I don't do the typical "plus, comment, and share this circle" circle jerk. You know, of course, that folks always include themselves in a shared circle. I don't need you to indiscriminately promote me by sharing this circle. Just share or comment on any post of mine you find worthy and you'll be added to my circles. Offer void where prohibited by you posting:1. Only shares of other people's posts. I need to see original content, please.2. Blind links AKA link litter -- that is, not providing any commentary with your posts.3. Too many cat pictures -- if only done sparingly and other posts are informative and entertaining, no problemo.4. Too many pictures of your lunch, your overstarched shorts, or other inanities. That's what Facebook is for. :)5. Too many memes.6. Too many cat pictures. 7. Too many cat pictures.(Did I mention cat pictures?)8. Slurs or slander about LGBT folk, racism, sexism...9. Mistaking your fears for reality.10. Mistaking reality as a left-wing conspiracy.Yes, I'm a picky SOB --  but know this. None of the people in this circle do any of that stuff. Want to add people who have been vetted, have engaging content, and will engage with yours? Add this circle. 2014-07-13 16:53:56216223CC G+
Tim Mi0Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the postMore you share more you get!#circle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #fashion   #fashionblogger   #fashionblog   #pinterest   #pictures   #fashionstyle   #photography   #photo   #photographer   #photooftheday   #photooftheweek2014-05-09 07:57:5450113715CC G+
Hadrian Micciche20,273In this Circle: EngagersWhat are the most annoying platitudes? There’s no "I" in Team? Good things come to those who wait? It was meant to be? Time heals all wounds?Who are the people worth circling? These people. Why? Because everything happens for a reason. No wait, thats not it. Let's try again.They post interesting, original content. They share and comment on mine. They are likely to do the same with yours. Engagers and in my circles. They can be in yours too.As a platitudinous man once said: Listening is hearing with insights. Don't just hear but listen and connect!  Ugg.Use the circle. Share it. Be platitude free.2014-05-09 02:26:2720482114CC G+
Andrea Orselli5,603Hi! Here is my circle. Please click "ADD PEOPLE" button to add the whole circle and help increase each others connection. +1 and share will be greatly appreciated.#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles    #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle    #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle    #topsharedcircl2014-04-30 20:05:53443426CC G+
Correa Mirti0This is a group of individuals that has personally shared four of my best circle sharing circles in the last month (or so).  They also include a mix of new circle sharers and some that are just trying to learn it for the first time. :) :) :0)They are individuals, to a large degree, that are very interested in not just circle sharing (which is great), but also engaging with you in a meaningful way (which is awesome)!!!Guidelines for Core Multipliers- Share the circle to stay in the circle- Have some fun!- If you are new and want in the circle, share the circle.This is a great group.  Enjoy this circle and have an awesome Thursday!*if you were somehow missed/ not included in the circle, please let me know and it will be corrected on the next share. My apologies ahead of time! :)**For those coming from multiplying circle, we are not inviting new folks here, you can privately message them or ping them when you share the circle on your public feed. Thanks!#corecircle #multiplyingcircle #coremultipliers #sharedcircles #circleshare #bestsharedcircle   #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #CircleQueen   #CircleMaster   #GPlusList   #Circle   #Circleshare   #Circlesharing   #PublicSharedCircles2014-04-12 10:20:445016010CC G+
Константин Вишневский44,825Circle of the Most Active Users of Google+A Very Social CircleКруг наиболее активных пользователей Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow2014-02-12 15:12:36462483276CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky76,199Good morning / evening to all.This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-15 08:21:34499531881CC G+
Artur Mashnich43,991A Very Social CircleCircle of the Most Active Users of Google+Круг наиболее активных пользователей Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow.#Forfriends  2014-01-11 14:37:57478411671CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky73,777This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2013-12-29 11:02:20500341261CC G+
Константин Вишневский39,554Circle of people, with active life position in Google+Simple To be added PLUS the post Share the post and Add the circle. Once you have done this let me know in the commentsКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+Просто быть добавлены PLUS сообщению Share пост и добавить круг. После того как вы сделали это, дайте мне знать в комментарияхIf you agree that this is a great circle, please re-share!2013-12-29 06:03:17464422473CC G+
Vladimir Samsonov23,304Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-12-06 16:35:11468684186CC G+
Константин Вишневский35,785Circle of people, with active life position in Google+Simple To be added PLUS the post Share the post and Add the circle. Once you have done this let me know in the commentsКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+Просто быть добавлены PLUS сообщению Share пост и добавить круг. После того как вы сделали это, дайте мне знать в комментарияхIf you agree that this is a great circle, please re-share!#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-11-24 15:07:31464422170CC G+
Fabian Weiland455#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #health #fitness  2013-10-25 07:43:5549310919CC G+
matt vovakiss6,543Master Circle of Pluss'ers and a Few Others. A bunch of #new faces in here, along with a bunch of old friends.In this circle you will find great #pictures , posts, and connections. All #active #users contained within.The #best daily dose of G+ you can get on the net, right here!You know what to do #plus1 , #add , and #share . #sharedcircles #maximpact #maximumsharing #experimental #expert #masterclass #hashtagspam  2013-10-08 13:37:16420727272CC G+
Fabian Weiland173#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #health #fitness2013-09-17 14:33:03500171019CC G+
Till von Bracht901For all of those who are interested in medicine and health! #sharedcircle #circle #medicinecircle #health #circleshare  2013-09-17 12:06:5250116921CC G+
Maria Rodrig971Gain Followers in the Fitness Arena!This is a public circle of fitness lovers that would like to be circled in order to discover new people who like  fitness and to gain more followers, if you would like to be included so that you too can obtain new followers please follow these steps.     1. Share the circle publicly.     2. Add these persons/pages to your circles     3. Plus this post and request to be added to this circle by commenting below.#Circle #Circles #Public #PublicCircle #CircleShare #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #sharedcircleoftheday #1000newfollowers #addmetoyourcircles #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles #Health #WeightLoss #fatloss, #health  #exercise #fitness #health #wellness #nutrition #supplements #aging #sharedcircle #followers2013-09-13 00:15:41501222529CC G+
Andrea Orselli2,146SHARE YOUR CIRCLES COMMUNITY CIRCLE 8.26.13Welcome to  this new circle which has members of the Share Your Circle Community.  This is a great place to Find and Add Circles#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-08-27 21:11:4545714415CC G+
matt vovakiss6,543Appreciation Circle Non Deadbeat Zone EditionAll of the best of G+ in this circle. Strong enough to put up with all my posts. Love you all my friends. Special thanks to +Christine DeGraff for bringing me so many new friends and taking over +Circle Master for me. #love   #peace   #openhouse   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #topcircles   #bestcircles   #sharedcircles   #friends   #activeusers   2013-08-26 03:45:0442015290115CC G+
Brian Wolfe22,328I haven't shared a circle in a long time. Maybe too long.Anyways.. Here is the circle that my browser spends the most time on.   Just in case I become a petulant child and walk away (not that I'm planning on doing so , just in case.)2013-08-22 05:36:251941335CC G+
Eric magaw1,512Circle sharing is fun. Let's do this;)#Erockacircle#Reshare2013-07-29 16:20:40500005CC G+
Andrey Mashnich84,676Circle of interesting and active people in Google+ -  Круг интересных и активных людей в Google+#EarthMyMother #photo #ForFriends  2013-07-11 15:46:12496351761CC G+
Daniel Harrington26,898SuperCircle - Engaging and Interactive - Thanks for sharing! #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #publiccircles   #circleoftheday  2012-12-20 14:58:02478547CC G+
matt vovakiss0Maximum SHARE! #1I pulled 499 #random #people from my #circles . All #awesome people, they have to be... I have them #circled , :D Please Add and #reshare . #circleshare #circlesharing #circles #circleoftheday #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharepubliccircle #maximpact  2012-12-15 18:52:13500203029CC G+
Rob Salzman16,138Time to share again.  This circle contains my primary news feeds.  This is the circle I start and end my day with.  If you want a vast amount of interesting, compelling content, you couldn't do much better then including is circle. 2012-12-14 17:12:23125114CC G+
matt vovakiss0#experimental #appreciation #circle About 230 people got in this circle as I used to do it; by #plus 1'ing, #commenting , or #interacting with me. I topped the circle off with 70 of the #most #relevant #googleplus #users from my circle #page . #All these #people are worth #following , #great #friends with #interesting #posts . I #hope #you can #enjoy this #circleshare and the #people in it as #much as I do. #love   #peace and #happiness .2012-12-04 20:58:06300172629CC G+
Danial Hallock (Kysimir)4,130The Three HundredRough DraftA few weeks ago I posted a rather lengthy post about how I was changing my #circlemanagement  strategy from purpose based to engagement based (http://goo.gl/kqE8h).  This is the first rough draft of that circle, minus a few ninjas that prefer not to be shared out.  As such, the landscape of this circle will change drastically over the next few months; but I wanted to give the people who are following this circle a glimpse of what to expect.  As always, If you're notified you're in it. If you're in it, why not recommend a few people for me to circle up, or share the circle out with your stream? :D #thethreehundred   #circleshare   #sharingiscaring  2012-10-22 15:52:142971201281CC G+
Rob Salzman12,186This is a circle of the 89 people who are my primary stream - these people are the ones I read first.  They are intensely good.  Fair warning - they mostly share my lefty type values.    2012-10-08 04:43:26904210CC G+
Alister Macintyre9,520Here is my circle of people who like to (and have demonstrated capability of) having a civilized conversation about Current Events from a Progressive point of view.2012-09-11 06:05:57252533CC G+
matt vovakiss6,397#AWESOME people dude. :p2012-08-20 04:19:13191803CC G+
Jeff Cline0Here is my circle, could you share yours with me? 2012-07-05 23:33:31500002CC G+
Joe Martinez26,875Best People to Circle on Google+ Part 2This is the 2nd circle of amazing people and brand pages to add to your Google+ circles! Know of other amazing people I should add to this circle? Let me know in the comments below! This circle includes people like +Mitch Hayes, +Colin Lovett, +Tessie L'Amour, +Johnny Roquemore, +Amanda Spurlock, +Jason ON, +Mark Bruce, +Naren Mangtani, +Ward Plunet, +Tom Rolfson, +Mellie B, +Nate Jay, +Daniel Ibanez, +Brian Matiash, +Rich Pollett, +Maria Bartiromo, +Matt Uebel, +Mari Thomas, +Kim Flowers, +2012-07-02 01:53:32442442033CC G+
Danial Hallock (Kysimir)0Teach Me SomethingI briefly alluded to my recent change in how I manage my circles and my reduction from twelve circles to seven (http://goo.gl/ZObSz).  This is the first of three shares that will include a vetted group of individuals that excel in the Google Plus experience in some way.These particular individuals excel at, you guessed it, teaching me something.  There's nearly one hundred plussers here, all of whom post once a week (or more), so while not every single post is educational, you're going to walk away from this stream knowing more than you did walking in.They're all in one circle, but they're not all from one background.  +Paula Jones, for example, excels at teaching us about the #politics  and societal issues of American life.  Meanwhile, +Joshua Tenner is a #paleo  enthusiast and +Kristjan Gunnarsson maintains a #fitness  and #nutrition  blog.  That's just to name a few, there are a few biologists, astronomers, tech giants, philosophers, and just all around smart people.  So if you're looking to spice up your Google Plus experience with a game of educational Russian Roulette, then pick up this circle!  For some more highly educational posters, check out my No Name Needed circle: http://goo.gl/p8yri #sharingiscaring   #circleshare  2012-06-23 12:58:329418119CC G+
John Doe1,398Infinite Circle... it is forever growing and full of #awesome  people2012-06-15 17:22:25500437CC G+
Alister Macintyre7,220My copy, of this circle of people interested in our Economy and how come it is in a mess, is over 600 people, but I can only share 500.  Some day, I will split the people here into smaller circles of secondary interests, or maybe installments.2012-06-15 03:15:52501314CC G+
Michael C.0This circle " THC " is a circle I put together for people interested in the legalization of marijuana . Whether it be for medical reasons , or you just advocate the use of marijuana for relaxation , share with friends , or maybe you are looking for a contact to advocate ,get info on marches , rally's e.t.c.2012-05-31 09:55:14500000CC G+
Joe Martinez25,016Best of the Best People to Follow on Google+ Circle #2A few weeks ago I shared the first circle of amazing people to follow on Google+ and now as promised here is the 2nd circle! These are some of the best posters out there on Google+ so make sure to add the circle if you want more outstanding content in your stream! Also feel to share as well! Some of the amazing people included in this circle are: +Jeremy Hall, +Farran Lee, +Tracie Smalls, +Elle Gray, +Tom Rolfson, +Siegfried Hirsch, +Marvin Chow, +Dalai Lama, +Mona Nomura, +Victor Bezrukov, +Adam Sandler, +David Greene, +Johnny Roquemore, +Richard Branson, +Natascha Otero, +Boris Gorelik, +Vince BadPanda Herrera, +Anthony Dash, +2012-05-15 06:44:45415391936CC G+
Kristl „Kay or K“ Huffman3,217Beat-the-Humpday-Blues circle share! I don't usually share circles, but I thought this might be a good one to share. This circle is pretty eclectic, but it is full of those who inspire me on a daily basis. It includes folks and pages that are from an assortment of genres: tech/geek, music, photography, SPACE/science, conservationists/environmentalists, certain modes of thought.Hope you enjoy! #circleshare #circlesharing2012-03-28 13:20:37121004CC G+
matt vovakiss2,415So far this is what I got for a good shared Circle.2012-03-16 23:37:041001054CC G+
Joe Martinez19,571Best of the Best Google+ People to Follow - Version 11What better day to share this circle than on Leap Day?! :P Please feel free to share and add this circle! This circle is perfect to add if you are new to Google+ or are looking for more engaging and interesting people to follow on here! You'll find something for everyone here. You have some heavy hitters like +Chris Pirillo, +Michelle Marie, +Daria Musk, +Robert Scoble, +Tom Anderson, +Lamarr Wilson, +Alida Brandenburg, +Chee Chew, +Lisa Bettany, +Mike Elgan, +Michael Mozart, +Felicia Day, +Wil Wheaton, +Gary Whitta, +Trey Ratcliff, +Veronica Belmont, +Dalai Lama, +Natalie Villalobos, +2012-02-29 22:31:00501471744CC G+
Andrew Hartwell1,189My G+ Left Wing Politics CircleI shared my right wing politics circle the other day, so I may as well share my leftist circle as well. Democrats, liberals, socialists, even a few anarchists: you'll find them all here. Lots of folks sharing interesting things, check it out! And I'm always trying to expand my G+ political circles, so let me know if you want to be included!2012-02-14 02:18:42501312CC G+
Hacker News Circle5,697Part 3/3 (Remember to add all of them) Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/29/2012 at 12:00pm EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-29 17:00:114652733CC G+
Hacker News Circle5,679Part 3/3 (Remember to add all of them) Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/23/2012 at 12:00pm EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-23 17:00:08423322CC G+
Mitchel Rodwell0+Duncan Hayes , +Hanii Leigh this is a big circle, which I call "Political". You'll find people with strong political views here, as well as political news and people who care about politics. I'd advise you add one or the other out of this and my other circle, "Intellectual" because they're both pretty big and I don't want to give you guys too much before you're ready :)2012-01-23 13:48:07366405CC G+
Joe Martinez13,925Best of the Best Google+ People to Follow - Version 9!This is definitely a circle you would want to add if you are new to +Google+ or are looking to add more interesting and engaging people to your stream! Feel free to add or share this circle! My circle has been maxed out so I have removed all brand pages from it and created a separate circle for them! I'm still about 30 over the limit of the circle so I might have about 30 people who won't show in the shared circle. Some of the heavy hitters included are: +Casey McKinnon, +Felicia Day, +Rose McGowan, +Louis Gray, +Alida Brandenburg, +Linda Lawrey, +Lamarr Wilson, +Tom Anderson, +Scott Beale, +Kim Sherrell, +Lisa Bettany, +Chee Chew, +Wil Wheaton, +Justine Ezarik, +Sarah Hill, +Dalai Lama, +Ashley Tisdale2012-01-16 18:25:37501604771CC G+
Joe Martinez10,003Best of the Best Google+ People to Follow - Version 7!This is my circle of some the best people to follow on Google+. So if you are new or need new people to follow make sure to add this circle or feel free to share it as well! The circle has grown to over 500 people but since it only allows you to share 500 not everyone will be shown. The circle includes known greats like +Chris Pirillo, +Amanda Blain, +Trey Ratcliff, +Robert Scoble, +Liza Sperling, +Natalie Villalobos, +Vic Gundotra, +Adam Sandler, +Casey McKinnon, +Lamarr Wilson, +Dalai Lama, +Guy Kawasaki, +Wil Wheaton, +Steve Ward, +Lisa Bettany, +Jeri Ryan, +Arianna Huffington, +Dave Veffer, +2011-12-15 22:45:49501551534CC G+
Alister Macintyre43This is my Gov Celeb circle which I am re-sharing with Shared Circles on G+ page. These are people who work, or have worked, in government. Some of them are world wide famous, some are ordinary people working in government. While I have my political leanings, I also like to see what the opposition has to say.2011-11-14 03:07:4915011CC G+
Wataru Tenga0Latest Progressive Politics circle2011-11-12 11:51:482281132CC G+
Joe Martinez6,318Best of the Best Google+ People to Follow Circle+Shared Circles on G+ -- Can't find anyone interesting to follow on Google+? Are you new to Google+ but don't know who to follow and circle? Well, I did all the hard work for you and you'll be seeing great content in no time! Here are some of the best people to follow on Google+! Some All-Star favorites that are included are: +Joseph Lee, +matthew rappaport, +Bobbi Jo Woods, +Amanda Blain, +Michelle Marie, +Michael Mozart, +Liza Sperling, +Keith Barrett, +Chris Pirillo, +Robert Scoble, +Daria Musk, +Hermine Ngnomire, +Carmelyne Thompson, +Christopher Lira, +Cam Meadows, +Julie Bell, +Dan Soto, +2011-11-12 07:35:07344642532CC G+

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Today at 11:15am President Barack Obama will sign into law the Sanders-Miller veterans bill. Watch live here: http://www.c-span.org/live/

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Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): 

Spying on Congress: Central Intelligence Agency employees improperly searched computers used by Senate staffers probing the agency's interrogation techniques, the director acknowledged last week. In January, the National Security Agency refused to directly answer Sen. Bernie Sanders when he asked if it was spying on members of Congress. “The people’s control of their own government … is jeopardized if the machinery of the state is monitoring the private communications of the people who are supposed to be controlling it,” the Union Leader of Manchester, New Hampshire, said in an editorial. 

VA Compromise: “Our politicians must stop thinking of compromise as a dirty word … Happily, we've seen at least one recent indication that the two parties can work together: the passage of a compromise agreement drafted by Sen.Sanders and R... more »

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): 

Spying on Congress: Central Intelligence Agency employees improperly searched computers used by Senate staffers probing the agency's interrogation techniques, the director acknowledged last week. In January, the National Security Agency refused to directly answer Sen. Bernie Sanders when he asked if it was spying on members of Congress. “The people’s control of their own government … is jeopardized if the machinery of the state is monitoring the private communications of the people who are supposed to be controlling it,” the Union Leader of Manchester, New Hampshire, said in an editorial. 

VA Compromise: “Our politicians must stop thinking of compromise as a dirty word … Happily, we've seen at least one recent indication that the two parties can work together: the passage of a compromise agreement drafted by Sen. Sanders and Rep. Jeff Miller … will make the VA more accountable and help to recruit more doctors, nurses and health care professionals,” Douglas Schoen and Jessica Tarlov wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Times. 

Affordable Housing Draws Middle Class: The country’s fastest-growing cities are now those where housing is more affordable than average. Among people who have moved long distances, the number of those who cite housing as their primary motivation for doing so has more than doubled since 2007. Oklahoma City, for example, has become the 12th-fastest-growing city last year. Other affordable cities that have jumped in the growth rankings include several in Texas, including El Paso and San Antonio, as well as Columbus, Ohio, and Little Rock, Arkansas, according to The New York Times. 

Food Labels: Ben & Jerry’s support of the nation’s first law requiring labeling of foods made with GMO pits the ice-cream maker against the world’s biggest food companies, including its own corporate parent. Unilever has openly opposed state efforts to legislate GMO labeling, throwing money into campaigns to defeat an initiative in California. But it has quietly allowed Ben & Jerry’s to assert itself as a vocal proponent of such laws, especially in Vermont, Bloomberg reported. 

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2014-08-03 13:14:56 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 55 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): 

Sanders on VA Bill: Sen. Bernie Sanders said new legislation passed this past week should go a long way toward clearing up long delays some veterans have been seeing when they seek medical care from Veterans Affairs health centers, The Associated Press reported in an article published in Sunday’s Times Argus and broadcast on WPTZ-TV. 

Veterans Clout Breaks Capitol Gridlock: Veterans, a group with demonstrated political clout, were able to break through Congress' customary gridlock. Sen. Sanders shepherded the veterans bill through the Senate in his capacity as Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairman, AP reported from Washington. 

‘Common Sense’: After the Sanders-McCain bill passed in the Senate last June, Sanders worked out another agreement with Rep. Jeff Miller, the House veterans committee chairman. “Givenwhat passes ... more »

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): 

Sanders on VA Bill: Sen. Bernie Sanders said new legislation passed this past week should go a long way toward clearing up long delays some veterans have been seeing when they seek medical care from Veterans Affairs health centers, The Associated Press reported in an article published in Sunday’s Times Argus and broadcast on WPTZ-TV. 

Veterans Clout Breaks Capitol Gridlock: Veterans, a group with demonstrated political clout, were able to break through Congress' customary gridlock. Sen. Sanders shepherded the veterans bill through the Senate in his capacity as Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairman, AP reported from Washington. 

‘Common Sense’: After the Sanders-McCain bill passed in the Senate last June, Sanders worked out another agreement with Rep. Jeff Miller, the House veterans committee chairman. “Given what passes for compromise on Capitol Hill these days, I am nominating Sanders and Miller for the Nobel Prize for common sense,” Kevin Cullem wrote in a column for The Boston Globe.

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2014-08-02 13:15:22 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 75 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

A Rare Accomplishment: “As Congress has lurched and stumbled from one crisis to another … a deal forged by Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont’s independent senator, stands as a rare accomplishment,” the Rutland Herald and Times Argus declared in an editorial on Saturday. Congress overcame its usual partisan divides long enough to pass the $16.3 billion bill brokered by Sanders, the Bennington Banner reported. The agreement was “a rare instance of bipartisanship,” according to “Washington Week in Review” on PBS and Gwen Ifill’s blog for  NewsHour.

Sanders-Miller Bill Goes to Obama: President Barack Obama is expected next week to sign the Sanders-Miller VA bill, United Press International reported.

Global Warming: Sen. Sanders endorsed the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever limits on carbonpollution from exi... more »

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

A Rare Accomplishment: “As Congress has lurched and stumbled from one crisis to another … a deal forged by Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont’s independent senator, stands as a rare accomplishment,” the Rutland Herald and Times Argus declared in an editorial on Saturday. Congress overcame its usual partisan divides long enough to pass the $16.3 billion bill brokered by Sanders, the Bennington Banner reported. The agreement was “a rare instance of bipartisanship,” according to “Washington Week in Review” on PBS and Gwen Ifill’s blog for  NewsHour.

Sanders-Miller Bill Goes to Obama: President Barack Obama is expected next week to sign the Sanders-Miller VA bill, United Press International reported.

Global Warming: Sen. Sanders endorsed the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants at a press conference this week, The Huffington Post and the National Resources Defense Council blog Switchboard reported. Sanders is a "feisty Vermont Independent who has worked closely with 350.org to push for ambitious climate policies," according to Earth Island Journal.

Worker Ownership: Sen. Sanders is one of the biggest supporters of employee stock ownership plans, The New Republic reported. In 1999, Sanders co-sponsored "The Employee Ownership Act of 1999," which would have granted companies with a threshold of worker ownership an exemption from the federal income tax.

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2014-08-01 22:15:20 (9 comments, 20 reshares, 121 +1s)

The Week in Review: 

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday called for millions of Americans to mobilize support for a constitutional amendment to undo the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United. That 2010 ruling already has opened the floodgates for millionaires and billionaires to spend unlimited, unregulated sums to sway elections. The Senate on Thursday approved and sent to President Barack Obama a bill by Sanders to improve access to health care for veterans and reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. And in testimony on Wednesday at the EPA and at a Capitol Hill news conference, Sanders strongly endorsed an Obama administration proposal to reduce carbon emissions at the nation’s power plants.

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The Week in Review: 

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday called for millions of Americans to mobilize support for a constitutional amendment to undo the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United. That 2010 ruling already has opened the floodgates for millionaires and billionaires to spend unlimited, unregulated sums to sway elections. The Senate on Thursday approved and sent to President Barack Obama a bill by Sanders to improve access to health care for veterans and reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. And in testimony on Wednesday at the EPA and at a Capitol Hill news conference, Sanders strongly endorsed an Obama administration proposal to reduce carbon emissions at the nation’s power plants.

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2014-08-01 17:05:47 (88 comments, 68 reshares, 337 +1s)

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2014-08-01 12:26:55 (8 comments, 9 reshares, 53 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Senate Passes VA Bill: Congress passed a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Senate approved the $16.3 billion measure Thursday night, a day after it was overwhelmingly passed by the House, the Burlington Free Press, WFFF-TV and WVNY-TV reported. The Senate’s 91-3 vote came on the bill by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jeff Miller, the Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committee chairmen. "Planes and tanks and guns are a cost of war," Sanders said in The Wall Street Journal. "So is taking care of the men and women who use those weapons and fight our battles." 

Obama Expected to Sign Sanders-Miller VA Bill:  President Obama is expected to sign the measure to provide $10 billion to allow veterans experiencing longapp... more »

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Senate Passes VA Bill: Congress passed a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Senate approved the $16.3 billion measure Thursday night, a day after it was overwhelmingly passed by the House, the Burlington Free Press, WFFF-TV and WVNY-TV reported. The Senate’s 91-3 vote came on the bill by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jeff Miller, the Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committee chairmen. "Planes and tanks and guns are a cost of war," Sanders said in The Wall Street Journal. "So is taking care of the men and women who use those weapons and fight our battles." 

Obama Expected to Sign Sanders-Miller VA Bill:  President Obama is expected to sign the measure to provide $10 billion to allow veterans experiencing long appointment wait times, or who live far from VA facilities, to seek non-VA care. It would also provide $5 billion to hire new staff, including doctors and nurses. The VA secretary would also be given more power to fire under-performing executives. The bill also includes provisions for leasing new health-care facilities, The Washington Post reported.

Reining in Carbon Emissions: Sen. Sanders testified at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing Wednesday in support of a proposal to reduce carbon emissions at the nation’s power plants, WCAX.com and WCAX-TV reported. "The times are critical," Sanders said. “There is not a whole lot of time left before we can transform our energy system." 

Wisconsin Court Rules Against Workers: The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a law that significantly limits collective bargaining rights for most public workers, dealing a decisive blow to labor unions in the state and handing Gov. Scott Walker a victory. He drew national notice when he proposed it after taking office in 2011. In a 5-to-2 decision, justices rejected arguments that the restrictions on collective bargaining violated freedom of association and equal protection rights, The New York Times reported. 

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2014-08-01 01:00:56 (50 comments, 56 reshares, 277 +1s)

Senate Passes Veterans Health Care Bill: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/senate-passes-veterans-health-care-bill

Senate Passes Veterans Health Care Bill: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/senate-passes-veterans-health-care-bill___

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2014-07-31 12:56:39 (1 comments, 8 reshares, 49 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Sanders Backs EPA on Global Warming: Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday strongly endorsed an Obama administration proposal to reduce carbon emissions at the nation’s power plants. He testified in support of the proposal at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing and spoke out at a Capitol Hill news conference, accusing Republican climate change deniers of "rejecting basic science," the Burlington Free Press, The Hill and Talk Radio News Service reported. 

Health Care: Vermont will receive a federal grant to help recruit or retain health care professionals in underserved areas, Sen. Sanders announced on Wednesday. The $250,000, four-year grant will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the state and will help 25 health care professionals repay medical school loans, The Associated Press, WPTZ-TV and WVNY-TV and WFFF-TVre... more »

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Sanders Backs EPA on Global Warming: Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday strongly endorsed an Obama administration proposal to reduce carbon emissions at the nation’s power plants. He testified in support of the proposal at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing and spoke out at a Capitol Hill news conference, accusing Republican climate change deniers of "rejecting basic science," the Burlington Free Press, The Hill and Talk Radio News Service reported. 

Health Care: Vermont will receive a federal grant to help recruit or retain health care professionals in underserved areas, Sen. Sanders announced on Wednesday. The $250,000, four-year grant will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the state and will help 25 health care professionals repay medical school loans, The Associated Press, WPTZ-TV and WVNY-TV and WFFF-TV reported. 

House Passes Bill to Expand Veteran’s Access to Care: The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation to expand veterans' access to health care. The 420-to-5 vote sent the bill to the Senate, where Sen. Sanders, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairman, drafted to bill to address the demands on the VA health care system from service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, The New York Times reported online. 

VA Proposes Disciplinary Action: The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday that it was proposing disciplinary action against six employees at VA healthcare facilities in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Fort Collins, Colorado, the Los Angeles Times reported. The proposal comes on the heels of Robert McDonald's confirmation of VA Secretary and an agreement on legislation by Sen. Sanders and Rep. Miller to reform the VA. 

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2014-07-30 21:58:35 (47 comments, 57 reshares, 354 +1s)

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2014-07-30 13:13:38 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 51 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

VA Secretary Confirmed: Robert McDonald, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary, was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday as Congress prepared to vote on a major bipartisan VA reform bill. The 97-0 confirmation vote came as Congress was poised to approve a $17 billion bill by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jeff Miller to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care, The Associated Press reported. 

Why Do You Want This Job?: With his confirmation, McDonald may have been handed the biggest challenge of his life: responsibility for leading a vast federal agency scarred by bureaucratic dysfunction. The previous secretary, Eric Shinseki, resigned under intense bipartisan criticism. The agency was left with such a long list of problems that Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sanders bluntlyas... more »

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

VA Secretary Confirmed: Robert McDonald, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary, was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday as Congress prepared to vote on a major bipartisan VA reform bill. The 97-0 confirmation vote came as Congress was poised to approve a $17 billion bill by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jeff Miller to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care, The Associated Press reported. 

Why Do You Want This Job?: With his confirmation, McDonald may have been handed the biggest challenge of his life: responsibility for leading a vast federal agency scarred by bureaucratic dysfunction. The previous secretary, Eric Shinseki, resigned under intense bipartisan criticism. The agency was left with such a long list of problems that Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sanders bluntly asked McDonald at a confirmation hearing last week, “'Why do you want this job?” McDonald, whose life has been a procession of increasingly demanding leadership roles, replied: ''If not me, who?'' according to The New York Times. 

House Set to Take Up $17 Billion VA Reform Bill: With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place, Congress is likely to move quickly to approve a bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care. The House could vote as early as Wednesday, with a Senate vote soon after. The measure by Sen. Sanders and Rep. Miller includes $10 billion in emergency spending to help veterans who can't get prompt appointments with VA doctors to obtain outside care; $5 billion to hire doctors, nurses and other medical staff; and about $1.5 billion to lease 27 new clinics across the country, AP reported. 

Corporate Deserters: Lawmakers are growing tired of corporate America's persistent efforts to dodge U.S. taxes. In the past month, Congress and the White House have denounced a loophole that lets companies lower their tax rate by moving their headquarters overseas. Now, a group of Democrats in Congress want to make sure that any company that incorporates overseas would be barred from doing business with the government. Sen. Carl Levin who introduced the bill in the Senate with Sen. Richard Durbin, The Washington Post reported. 

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2014-07-29 13:16:20 (8 comments, 8 reshares, 55 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): 

Deal Reached on VA: Bill House and Senate negotiators announced agreement Monday on legislation that would allocate about $17 billion to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs, The New York Times reported. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Senate committee chairman, likened the spending to important national security funding. ”Planes and tanks and guns are a cost of war,” Sanders said. “'So is taking care of the men and women who use those weapons and fight our battles.” the bill is likely to pass this week, Sanders said on PBS. It would be a “total disgrace: not to pass the bill, he added on MSNBC. 

Congressional Passage Likely Soon: The sweeping proposal to revamp the Department of Veterans Affairs and the nation's medical care for military veterans should have enough support to pass the House and Senate this weekbefore lawm... more »

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): 

Deal Reached on VA: Bill House and Senate negotiators announced agreement Monday on legislation that would allocate about $17 billion to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs, The New York Times reported. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Senate committee chairman, likened the spending to important national security funding. ”Planes and tanks and guns are a cost of war,” Sanders said. “'So is taking care of the men and women who use those weapons and fight our battles.” the bill is likely to pass this week, Sanders said on PBS. It would be a “total disgrace: not to pass the bill, he added on MSNBC. 

Congressional Passage Likely Soon: The sweeping proposal to revamp the Department of Veterans Affairs and the nation's medical care for military veterans should have enough support to pass the House and Senate this week before lawmakers leave town for a summer recess, according to The Washington Post. “Whether you're a conservative Republican or a progressive, people understand that this issue should and must go beyond politics,” Sanders said. “We have people who have put their lives on the line who have come back with a whole lot of problems, and it would be an absolute disgrace to this country if we did not address them.” “This bill should and must go beyond politics,” Sanders said on The NBC Nightly News. 

The Dealmaker: As chairman of the Senate veterans committee, Sanders embraced his role as a legislative dealmaker, navigating negotiations with Sen. John McCain and Rep. Miller on bipartisan bills to address problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Roll Call reported. Sanders’ “tenacity and passion on behalf of America’s veterans cannot be questioned,” McCain said. 

‘A Coup for Sanders’: At a time when Congress is seemingly unable to agree on even the most basic policies, the VA breakthrough surprised even the most cynical on Capitol Hill and gave hope that Congress can compromise on big issues if the consequences are steep enough and time is running out. The deal “presents a coup for Sanders … a fiery liberal who is contemplating a bid for president in 2016, has demonstrated his bare-knuckle brand of politics can bring … bipartisan accomplishments,” according to Politico. 

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2014-07-28 19:33:26 (20 comments, 11 reshares, 97 +1s)

A Win for Veterans:

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jeff Miller, the Senate and House veterans committee chairmen, held a joint news conference Monday on an agreement they reached on compromise legislation to reform the VA and address the short- and long-term needs of veterans seeking health care. “This bill makes certain that we address the immediate crisis of veterans being forced onto long waiting lists for health care,”  Sanders said at the Capitol news conference, “and it strengthens the VA so that it will be able to hire the doctors, nurses and medical personnel it needs so we can permanently put an end to the long waiting lists.”

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A Win for Veterans:

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jeff Miller, the Senate and House veterans committee chairmen, held a joint news conference Monday on an agreement they reached on compromise legislation to reform the VA and address the short- and long-term needs of veterans seeking health care. “This bill makes certain that we address the immediate crisis of veterans being forced onto long waiting lists for health care,”  Sanders said at the Capitol news conference, “and it strengthens the VA so that it will be able to hire the doctors, nurses and medical personnel it needs so we can permanently put an end to the long waiting lists.”

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2014-07-28 13:45:51 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 60 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Deal Reached on VA Reform: The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to improve veterans' health care. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jeff Miller have scheduled a news conference on Monday to talk about their compromise plan, The Associated Press and Reuters reported.

Weekend Negotiations ‘Made Significant Progress’: Sen. Sanders and Rep. Miller continued negotiating over the weekend. Aides said they "made significant progress" on legislation to overhaul the VA and provide funding to hire more doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Reuters, Bloomberg, Congressional Quarterly/Roll Call, Politico and Military.com reported.

Restoring VA’sReputat... more »

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Deal Reached on VA Reform: The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to improve veterans' health care. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jeff Miller have scheduled a news conference on Monday to talk about their compromise plan, The Associated Press and Reuters reported.

Weekend Negotiations ‘Made Significant Progress’: Sen. Sanders and Rep. Miller continued negotiating over the weekend. Aides said they "made significant progress" on legislation to overhaul the VA and provide funding to hire more doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Reuters, Bloomberg, Congressional Quarterly/Roll Call, Politico and Military.com reported.

Restoring VA’s Reputation: While the VA enjoys a generally good reputation for the quality of its health care, a combination of factors — including a shortage of doctors and nurses, unrealistic goals to see patients within 14 days, and perverse performance and bonus incentives for managers — led to the widespread manipulation of patient wait-time data, which blew up into a national scandal this spring and was a motivating force behind the compromise legislation by Sen. Sanders and Rep. Miller, The New York Times reported.

Compromise Addresses VA Treatment Delays: Sen. Sanders said the compromise will address short- and long-term needs of the Department of Veterans Affairs, which has been under intense criticism after delayed treatment at VA hospitals, The CBS Evening News, CBS Morning News reported. The controversy, as CNN first reported, involves delayed care with potentially fatal consequences. NPR's Ron Elving on Morning Edition said an unanswered question is how Congress would pay for this.

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2014-07-27 12:08:57 (8 comments, 13 reshares, 56 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Chairman Sanders is Confident on VA Reform: Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairman, expressed confidence that House and Senate conferees will reach agreement on a bill to solve a health care wait-time crisis for tens of thousands of veterans.

Negotiations Back on Track Negotiations between Senate Democrats and House Republicans seemingly broke down on Thursday but appeared to be on much better ground as of the weekend, with staffers from both sides resuming discussions. Sanders and his house counterpart, House VA Chair Jeff Miller, agreed to fly back to Washington, D.C., if it would push the negotiations forward, Vox reported.

Israel Resumes Gaza Offensive: Soon after barrages of rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel on Sunday morning, the Israeli military announced that a humanitarian lulli... more »

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Chairman Sanders is Confident on VA Reform: Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairman, expressed confidence that House and Senate conferees will reach agreement on a bill to solve a health care wait-time crisis for tens of thousands of veterans.

Negotiations Back on Track Negotiations between Senate Democrats and House Republicans seemingly broke down on Thursday but appeared to be on much better ground as of the weekend, with staffers from both sides resuming discussions. Sanders and his house counterpart, House VA Chair Jeff Miller, agreed to fly back to Washington, D.C., if it would push the negotiations forward, Vox reported.

Israel Resumes Gaza Offensive: Soon after barrages of rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel on Sunday morning, the Israeli military announced that a humanitarian lull in its Gaza offensive, which was meant to last through midnight, was over, The New York Times reported.

Judge Overturns D.C. Ban on Guns in Public: A federal judge on Saturday overturned the Washington, D.C., ban on carrying handguns outside the home, saying it was unconstitutional. The court ordered the city to allow residents to carry handguns outside their homes and to let nonresidents carry them as well. In 2008, the Supreme Court struck down the District of Columbia’s all-out ban on handguns on the basis that it violated the right to bear arms guaranteed by the Constitution’s Second Amendment, Reuters reported.

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2014-07-25 22:55:19 (75 comments, 22 reshares, 125 +1s)

The Week in Review:

Sen. Bernie Sanders calls them “corporate deserters” – American companies that dodge U.S. taxes by exploiting a law that lets them pretend, for tax purposes, to be based overseas. Earlier Friday, Sanders spoke in Philadelphia to the National Association of Letter Carriers about the need to modernize the Postal Service and beat back efforts to cut jobs and services. As chairman of the Senate veterans committee, Sanders steered President Obama’s nominee to head the VA through the committee confirmation process on Wednesday. That tees up a vote in the full Senate in the coming week. At a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Republicans complained about an EPA proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The Republicans’ denial of overwhelming scientific evidence, Sanders said, is “frightening.”

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The Week in Review:

Sen. Bernie Sanders calls them “corporate deserters” – American companies that dodge U.S. taxes by exploiting a law that lets them pretend, for tax purposes, to be based overseas. Earlier Friday, Sanders spoke in Philadelphia to the National Association of Letter Carriers about the need to modernize the Postal Service and beat back efforts to cut jobs and services. As chairman of the Senate veterans committee, Sanders steered President Obama’s nominee to head the VA through the committee confirmation process on Wednesday. That tees up a vote in the full Senate in the coming week. At a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Republicans complained about an EPA proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The Republicans’ denial of overwhelming scientific evidence, Sanders said, is “frightening.”

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2014-07-25 13:07:35 (26 comments, 5 reshares, 51 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Sanders’ VA Proposal: Sen. Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate veterans committee, on Thursday announced a proposal that would cost about $25 billion over three years to lease new clinics, hire thousands of doctors and nurses, and make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with VA doctors to get outside care. He offered to trim the cost of a Senate-passed bill to improve health care services at the VA to $25 billion over three years, The Associated Press, Reuters, CBS Radio and Bloomberg Radio reported.

Miller’s VA Proposal: Rep. Jeff Miller, the House committee chairman, said a partisan meeting he staged on Thursday to offer his proposal for VA reform was not a “take-it-or-leave-it offer,” Roll Call, Military.com, Military Times and Talk Radio News Service reported.

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Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Sanders’ VA Proposal: Sen. Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate veterans committee, on Thursday announced a proposal that would cost about $25 billion over three years to lease new clinics, hire thousands of doctors and nurses, and make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with VA doctors to get outside care. He offered to trim the cost of a Senate-passed bill to improve health care services at the VA to $25 billion over three years, The Associated Press, Reuters, CBS Radio and Bloomberg Radio reported.

Miller’s VA Proposal: Rep. Jeff Miller, the House committee chairman, said a partisan meeting he staged on Thursday to offer his proposal for VA reform was not a “take-it-or-leave-it offer,” Roll Call, Military.com, Military Times and Talk Radio News Service reported.

Veterans for VA Reform: The nation's major veterans groups back a Department of Veterans Affairs request for more doctors and nurses and additional space at hospitals and clinics, but House Republicans on Thursday insisted that would not improve veterans’ access to health services, The Washington Post reported. Sen. Sanders disagreed with the House. “The major veterans’ organizations have been clear about the needs of the VA,” the Senate veterans’ committee chairman said. “It is time for the House to pay attention."

VA Reform: The House and Senate veterans committee chairmen offered competing proposals Thursday to fix the VA health care system, The Associated Press and Brattleboro Reformer reported. “We have put good faith offers on the table, again and again, and have tried to meet the Republicans more than halfway,” Sanders in The Wall Street Journal, the Burlington Free Press, Times Argus and Rutland Herald. “But I am sad to say that at this point I can only conclude, with great reluctance, that the good faith we have shown is simply not being reciprocated.” In Bloomberg report, Sanders said House Republican leaders are “not serious about negotiations.”

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2014-07-24 14:41:56 (44 comments, 50 reshares, 327 +1s)

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2014-07-24 12:54:09 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 39 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Veterans Back Funding for VA Doctors: The nation’s major veterans groups on Wednesday called on Congress to stop penny-pinching and back increased funding for more doctors, nurses and space at VA facilities, The Associated Press, Roll Call and The Hill reported. Sen. Bernie Sanders said a the House and Senate should include some of the department’s requested funds in a bill to increase health care capacity at VA facilities, Military Times and WCAX-TV reported. 

House Veterans Chairman at Odds with Veterans: Sen. Sanders, the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee chairman, supports the VA’s funding proposal while his counterpart, House Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller, opposes doing so. "We urge Congress to expeditiously approve supplemental funding that fully addresses the critical needs outlined by Secretary Gibsoneither... more »

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Veterans Back Funding for VA Doctors: The nation’s major veterans groups on Wednesday called on Congress to stop penny-pinching and back increased funding for more doctors, nurses and space at VA facilities, The Associated Press, Roll Call and The Hill reported. Sen. Bernie Sanders said a the House and Senate should include some of the department’s requested funds in a bill to increase health care capacity at VA facilities, Military Times and WCAX-TV reported. 

House Veterans Chairman at Odds with Veterans: Sen. Sanders, the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee chairman, supports the VA’s funding proposal while his counterpart, House Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller, opposes doing so. "We urge Congress to expeditiously approve supplemental funding that fully addresses the critical needs outlined by Secretary Gibson either prior to, or at the same time as, any compromise legislation that may be reported out of the House-Senate Conference Committee," the joint letter reads, according to Congressional Quarterly. 

McCain: Gridlock on VA ‘Unconscionable’ and ‘Embarrassing’: When Sen. John McCain joined Sen. Sanders in crafting a bill to restructure the Department of Veterans Affairs, he pleaded with his colleagues to not derail the compromise.The Senate quickly passed the Sanders-McCain bill with bipartisan support. Now, nearly 45 days later, the squabbling that McCain warned about has come to pass. “It is unconscionable,” McCain told The Huffington Post “It is embarrassing. Embarrassing is a better word.” 

Veterans Panel Recommends New VA Secretary: The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to approve Robert McDonalds’s nomination to be the next secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, The Associated Press, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Cincinnati Inquirer, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, the Las-Vegas Review Journal, The Arizona Republic, National Journal, Politico, The Hill and CBS Radio News reported. Chairman Sanders said after the 14-0 vote that he expects the full Senate to confirm McDonald as secretary of the department within days, Reuters reported. 

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2014-07-23 15:47:59 (35 comments, 61 reshares, 321 +1s)

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2014-07-23 13:26:42 (10 comments, 5 reshares, 63 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

VA Nominee Confirmation Hearing: President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Veterans Affairs Department pledged Tuesday to transform the VA. At a Senate confirmation hearing, Chairman Bernie Sanders said he expected Robert McDonald to be confirmed, The New York Times and The Associated Press reported. Sanders said McDonald will be a strong advocate for veterans, according to Reuters, USA Today, Bloomberg, Military Times, The Hill and Stars and Stripes. 

Why Do You Want this Job?: After listing a litany of problems facing the VA, Sen. Sanders asked McDonald why he wants the job. “I think I can make a difference," the West Point graduate said in The Wall Street Journal. Sanders suggested jokingly that senators didn't want to say anything to scare McDonald into running out of the hearing room, The Washington Postre... more »

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

VA Nominee Confirmation Hearing: President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Veterans Affairs Department pledged Tuesday to transform the VA. At a Senate confirmation hearing, Chairman Bernie Sanders said he expected Robert McDonald to be confirmed, The New York Times and The Associated Press reported. Sanders said McDonald will be a strong advocate for veterans, according to Reuters, USA Today, Bloomberg, Military Times, The Hill and Stars and Stripes. 

Why Do You Want this Job?: After listing a litany of problems facing the VA, Sen. Sanders asked McDonald why he wants the job. “I think I can make a difference," the West Point graduate said in The Wall Street Journal. Sanders suggested jokingly that senators didn't want to say anything to scare McDonald into running out of the hearing room, The Washington Post reported. Sanders said he was impressed by McDonald's military and business backgrounds, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Times and UPI reported. McDonald is well aware of the department’s problems, Sanders said in the Burlington Free Press. McDonald said he would take action on reforms during his first 90 days in office, National Journal reported. 

VA Reform: Sen. Sanders said lawmakers tasked with creating bipartisan legislation to overhaul the VA have agreeed to offset parts of the eventual bill with spending cuts, The Hill and Fox News reported. After conferring with Sanders, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “sounded more upbeat about the prospects for the conference committee to address the veterans issues than he did on Monday,” CQ/Roll Call reported. Sanders hoped that House and Senate leaders would agree to a set of VA reforms before the month-long break in August, the Times Argus and Rutland Herald reported.  In a Fox News blog, Koch brothers mouthpiece Peter Hegseth faulted Sanders’ handling of the conference committee. 

The Cost of War: “Taking care of veterans is a cost of war,” Sen. Sanders wrote in a column for The Boston Globe. “Some of my colleagues are concerned that the proposal Sen. McCain and I developed, and a similar proposal passed in the House, will cost significant sums of money. They are right. The sad truth, however, is that war is an extremely expensive proposition – in terms of human life, human suffering and financial cost.” 

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2014-07-22 15:23:04 (62 comments, 68 reshares, 369 +1s)

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2014-07-21 20:25:40 (9 comments, 7 reshares, 65 +1s)

Climate Change and Network News: 

Major television network Sunday programs discussed climate change more during the first half of this year than they did during all of 2013. In fact, according to Media Matters, the 65 minutes of climate change coverage so far this year is the same amount of combined coverage in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 on ABC's "This Week," CBS' "Face The Nation," NBC's "Meet The Press," and Fox's "Fox News Sunday."

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Climate Change and Network News: 

Major television network Sunday programs discussed climate change more during the first half of this year than they did during all of 2013. In fact, according to Media Matters, the 65 minutes of climate change coverage so far this year is the same amount of combined coverage in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 on ABC's "This Week," CBS' "Face The Nation," NBC's "Meet The Press," and Fox's "Fox News Sunday."

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2014-07-21 14:55:23 (54 comments, 32 reshares, 255 +1s)

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2014-07-21 13:21:54 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 33 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Veterans Health Care: The House and Senate are still trying to break a logjam over concerns about the cost of reforming the Veterans Affairs Department. The aim is to get a bill to the president before recess, National Journal reported. House Veterans' Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller said he is willing to consider a deal that is not totally offset in cost, and is hoping for some give from his Senate counterpart, Bernard Sanders, according to Congressional Quarterly. 

Tax Deserters: Corporate inversions, the practice of U.S. companies reincorporating overseas to avoid U.S. taxes, have moved from the margins of the tax code to the midterm campaigns as Democrats are attempting to put heat on Republicans. A new push from the White House last week elevated the issue and mobilized a Democratic drive for immediate legislation to tighten the... more »

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Veterans Health Care: The House and Senate are still trying to break a logjam over concerns about the cost of reforming the Veterans Affairs Department. The aim is to get a bill to the president before recess, National Journal reported. House Veterans' Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller said he is willing to consider a deal that is not totally offset in cost, and is hoping for some give from his Senate counterpart, Bernard Sanders, according to Congressional Quarterly. 

Tax Deserters: Corporate inversions, the practice of U.S. companies reincorporating overseas to avoid U.S. taxes, have moved from the margins of the tax code to the midterm campaigns as Democrats are attempting to put heat on Republicans. A new push from the White House last week elevated the issue and mobilized a Democratic drive for immediate legislation to tighten the rules on the practice, in which U.S. corporations relocate to a tax-friendlier place such as the U.K. or Ireland, usually through a merger with a smaller foreign company, The Wall Street Journal reported. 

Wealth Gap Growing, But Poor Women Having Healthier Newborns: Something extraordinary is happening to poor pregnant women: They’re giving birth to healthier babies. While other economic and health disparities have widened, giving way to huge national debates about inequality, pregnant women at the lowest rung of the nation’s economic ladder are bucking that trend, according to The Washington Post. 

Training Doctors: Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson told a Senate committee last week that he needed $17.6 billion over the next three years to hire some 1,500 doctors, 8,500 nurses and other clinicians to reduce the unconscionably long waiting times that many veterans now endure before they are able to see a doctor. That news was bad enough, but the department’s problems are emblematic of an even deeper problem: a nationwide shortage of doctors, especially primary care doctors, and other health care professionals, that will only get worse in coming years,” The New York Times said in an editorial. 

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2014-07-20 13:02:12 (22 comments, 7 reshares, 56 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Medical Mistakes: A Senate hearing Thursday on preventable deaths in hospitals “was a low-key, measured but damning two-hour exploration of how huge numbers of people needlessly die,” James Warren wrote in Sunday’s New York Daily News. “We’ve not moved the needle in any demonstrable way. We are not substantially better off than we were,” Adish Jha of the Harvard School of Public Health told a panel chaired by Sen. Bernie Sanders. She was alluding to a landmark study that concluded 100,000 hospital patients die yearly due to totally preventable medical mistakes. That was nearly 15 years ago.

Veterans: A program that allows veterans with traumatic brain injuries to receive treatment in assisted living facilities is in danger of closing down. The pilot program that expires Sept. 30. An extension was proposed by Sen. Sanders,the Senate ... more »

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Medical Mistakes: A Senate hearing Thursday on preventable deaths in hospitals “was a low-key, measured but damning two-hour exploration of how huge numbers of people needlessly die,” James Warren wrote in Sunday’s New York Daily News. “We’ve not moved the needle in any demonstrable way. We are not substantially better off than we were,” Adish Jha of the Harvard School of Public Health told a panel chaired by Sen. Bernie Sanders. She was alluding to a landmark study that concluded 100,000 hospital patients die yearly due to totally preventable medical mistakes. That was nearly 15 years ago.

Veterans: A program that allows veterans with traumatic brain injuries to receive treatment in assisted living facilities is in danger of closing down. The pilot program that expires Sept. 30. An extension was proposed by Sen. Sanders, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairman, a bill that Senate Republicans blocked earlier this year. Sanders said last week that he was unsure an extension would be included in a VA bill now in conference committee. “I just can’t tell you at this point — we’re into some pretty tough negotiations — I can’t give a definitive answer on whether or not it gets into this bill,” he told The Hill. Asked if lawmakers could approve a temporary measure to extend the effort’s life, Sanders said: “The answer is yes and it’s something we’ll take a hard look at.” 

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2014-07-19 14:39:10 (2 comments, 11 reshares, 62 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): 

Corporate Deserters: The pharmaceutical giant AbbVie agreed on Friday to buy its European rival, Shire, and reincorporate in Britain in order to cut its taxes. Sen. Bernie Sanders proposed legislation to bar companies that leave America from receiving federal contracts, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reported. “I have a message for these corporate deserters: You can’t be an American company only when you want corporate welfare from American taxpayers or you want lucrative contracts from the federal government,” Sanders said in the Burlington Free Press. “This is an absolute outrage. It really is,” Sanders said on WCAX-TV, which reported that Mylan Pharmaceuticals, a company with a plant in St. Albans, Vermont, is one of the latest companies to make a move merging with Abbott Laboratories and reincorporating in theNetherland... more »

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): 

Corporate Deserters: The pharmaceutical giant AbbVie agreed on Friday to buy its European rival, Shire, and reincorporate in Britain in order to cut its taxes. Sen. Bernie Sanders proposed legislation to bar companies that leave America from receiving federal contracts, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reported. “I have a message for these corporate deserters: You can’t be an American company only when you want corporate welfare from American taxpayers or you want lucrative contracts from the federal government,” Sanders said in the Burlington Free Press. “This is an absolute outrage. It really is,” Sanders said on WCAX-TV, which reported that Mylan Pharmaceuticals, a company with a plant in St. Albans, Vermont, is one of the latest companies to make a move merging with Abbott Laboratories and reincorporating in the Netherlands. 

Obama to Protect Gay Workers: President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders Monday prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and in the workforces of federal contractors. “The president is right. We’ve got to end LGBT discrimination in the workplace. Congress should have acted long ago, but Republicans have blocked action,” Sen. Sanders said in a Facebook post.

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2014-07-19 10:24:57 (58 comments, 15 reshares, 152 +1s)

The president is right. We’ve got to end LGBT discrimination in the workplace. Vermont did this 22 years ago when it passed one of the first state laws in the country protecting lesbian and gay workers. Congress should have acted long ago, but Republicans have blocked action. The House won’t even allow a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that the Senate passed last year. That’s why the executive order that President Obama is singing on Monday is an important step in the right direction. - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

The president is right. We’ve got to end LGBT discrimination in the workplace. Vermont did this 22 years ago when it passed one of the first state laws in the country protecting lesbian and gay workers. Congress should have acted long ago, but Republicans have blocked action. The House won’t even allow a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that the Senate passed last year. That’s why the executive order that President Obama is singing on Monday is an important step in the right direction. - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)___

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2014-07-18 21:13:09 (57 comments, 90 reshares, 399 +1s)

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2014-07-18 12:31:23 (11 comments, 5 reshares, 36 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Preventable Deaths Rampant in Hospitals: Preventable medical errors in hospitals are the third leading cause of death in the United States, experts told a Senate panel chaired by Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday, ProPublica, The Wall Street Journal, Modern Healthcare and WVNY-TV reported. As many as 440,000 people die each year from preventable medical errors in hospitals. Sanders said the current system in hospitals as dysfunctional, profit oriented and not patient centered. 

VA Reform: Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson's funding request for $17.6 billion has complicated negotiations over the VA bill, according to Politico, Bloomberg and Cronkite News Service. Sen. Sanders said he recognizes increasing health care access for veterans comes with a “very big price tag” but argued Congress needs to allocate resources to solve theimme... more »

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Preventable Deaths Rampant in Hospitals: Preventable medical errors in hospitals are the third leading cause of death in the United States, experts told a Senate panel chaired by Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday, ProPublica, The Wall Street Journal, Modern Healthcare and WVNY-TV reported. As many as 440,000 people die each year from preventable medical errors in hospitals. Sanders said the current system in hospitals as dysfunctional, profit oriented and not patient centered. 

VA Reform: Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson's funding request for $17.6 billion has complicated negotiations over the VA bill, according to Politico, Bloomberg and Cronkite News Service. Sen. Sanders said he recognizes increasing health care access for veterans comes with a “very big price tag” but argued Congress needs to allocate resources to solve the immediate crisis caused by long wait times. Rep. Jeff Miller scoffed at the $17.6 billion number, saying it "seems to have magically fallen out of the sky," Military News reported. 

Expanding Social Security: Expanding Social Security is once again a mainstream part of the Democratic platform. Some progressive voices in Congress, including Sen. Sanders, have been behind these reforms all along, William Greider wrote for The Nation. 

Cost of War: “Congress' effort to quickly deal with the crisis plaguing the health care system run by the Department of Veterans Affairs promised to be a swift triumph of bipartisan cooperation, bringing together two unlikely sponsors, Sens. Sanders and John McCain. But congratulations were cut short by a Congressional Budget Office analysis that the Sanders-McCain bill might cost as much as $50 billion annually,” Ross K. Baker wrote in a USA Today column. 

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2014-07-17 16:11:14 (37 comments, 61 reshares, 222 +1s)

Medical Mistakes are 3rd Leading Cause of Death in U.S.: 

Preventable medical errors in hospitals are the third leading cause of death in the United States, a Senate panel was told on Thursday. Only heart disease and cancer kill more Americans. 

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Medical Mistakes are 3rd Leading Cause of Death in U.S.: 

Preventable medical errors in hospitals are the third leading cause of death in the United States, a Senate panel was told on Thursday. Only heart disease and cancer kill more Americans. 

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2014-07-17 12:51:46 (2 comments, 8 reshares, 45 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): 

Caring for Veterans: Fixing problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs will cost $17.6 billion over the next three years, Sloan Gibson, the acting secretary, testified on Wednesday at a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing. Sen. Bernard Sanders, the committee chairman, told The New York Times that the sums discussed by Gibson would fix underlying problems that would persist and grow worse if they are not addressed now. 

More Docs Needed: With more than 600,000 veterans still waiting at least a month for appointments and about 8,000 waiting at least four months, Sanders said there is “an immediate crisis” and asked Acting Secretary Gibson, “What are the legitimate needs?” CNN reported. The VA needs to hire 10,000 doctors, nurses and other health care providers and make other reforms in order to meet the needs of agrowing num... more »

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): 

Caring for Veterans: Fixing problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs will cost $17.6 billion over the next three years, Sloan Gibson, the acting secretary, testified on Wednesday at a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing. Sen. Bernard Sanders, the committee chairman, told The New York Times that the sums discussed by Gibson would fix underlying problems that would persist and grow worse if they are not addressed now. 

More Docs Needed: With more than 600,000 veterans still waiting at least a month for appointments and about 8,000 waiting at least four months, Sanders said there is “an immediate crisis” and asked Acting Secretary Gibson, “What are the legitimate needs?” CNN reported. The VA needs to hire 10,000 doctors, nurses and other health care providers and make other reforms in order to meet the needs of a growing number of veterans, Gibson told Sanders, USA Today, the Burlington Free Press, Rutland Herald, Times Argus, Military Times, National Journal and The Reno Dispatch reported. Gibson said he believes the department can regain the trust of veterans with significant reforms, The Associated Press and The Washington Times noted. 

Refugee Crisis: The pace of migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has slowed in recent weeks, administration officials told lawmakers Wednesday. A growing number of congressional Democrats are opposed to weakening legal protections for young children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America. Sen. Sanders told Ed Schultz Wednesday on MSNBC that child refugees fleeing violence into the United States should be afforded safe and humane housing as well as all legal protections required by current law. “We have a refugee crisis,” Sanders said. “It is a moral issue. Do you simply shove them back to where they came from? I don’t think that’s what America’s supposed to be about.” 

Net Neutrality: A Federal Communications Commission proposal to alter net neutrality rules governing Internet service corporations has received nearly 800,000 comments. Sen. Sanders joined a handful of Senate colleagues in telling the FCC to regulate broadband companies as utilities,Gauthum Nagesh blogged for The Wall Street Journal. 

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2014-07-16 18:09:46 (47 comments, 87 reshares, 500 +1s)

VA Details Health Care Needs: 

The Department of Veterans Affairs needs $17.6 billion to hire 10,000 doctors, nurses and other health care providers and make other reforms in order to meet the needs of a growing number of veterans and reduce long waiting times for health care, Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson told the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on Wednesday. Gibson was responding to a question by Sen. Bernie Sanders, the committee chairman, about what the VA needs to address a large influx of veterans needing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and other health care needs. Without the resources to deal with veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gibson said, “the wait times just get longer.”

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VA Details Health Care Needs: 

The Department of Veterans Affairs needs $17.6 billion to hire 10,000 doctors, nurses and other health care providers and make other reforms in order to meet the needs of a growing number of veterans and reduce long waiting times for health care, Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson told the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on Wednesday. Gibson was responding to a question by Sen. Bernie Sanders, the committee chairman, about what the VA needs to address a large influx of veterans needing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and other health care needs. Without the resources to deal with veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gibson said, “the wait times just get longer.”

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2014-07-16 13:07:57 (13 comments, 14 reshares, 78 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Dark Money: Undisclosed political spending known as “dark money” threatens to fundamentally undermine American democracy as high-dollar, secret donors increasingly influence elections, Sen. Bernie Sanders told Ronan Farrow Tuesday on MSNBC. “Republicans understand what is at stake here and what they want is to have the billionaires be able to put as much money into the political process as possible and without disclosure,” Sanders said. 

Americans Overwhelm FCC Website: A Federal Communications Commission comments webpage buckled under pressure Tuesday as thousands of Americans rushed to file comments on the commission’s proposed Internet regulations. The commission extended Tuesday’s deadline until midnight Friday. Sen. Sanders joined 12 other senators in urging FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to stop Internet providers fromcreating ‘fa... more »

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Dark Money: Undisclosed political spending known as “dark money” threatens to fundamentally undermine American democracy as high-dollar, secret donors increasingly influence elections, Sen. Bernie Sanders told Ronan Farrow Tuesday on MSNBC. “Republicans understand what is at stake here and what they want is to have the billionaires be able to put as much money into the political process as possible and without disclosure,” Sanders said. 

Americans Overwhelm FCC Website: A Federal Communications Commission comments webpage buckled under pressure Tuesday as thousands of Americans rushed to file comments on the commission’s proposed Internet regulations. The commission extended Tuesday’s deadline until midnight Friday. Sen. Sanders joined 12 other senators in urging FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to stop Internet providers from creating ‘fast lanes’ for deep-pocketed corporations, the Times Argus, WPTZ-TV, a Washington Post blog, UPI, The Hill, Politico, TechCrunch, MultiChannel News, CIO Magazine, Daily Kos and PCWorld reported.

VA Nominee: Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Sanders announced that the panel will hold a confirmation hearing next week to hear from Robert McDonald, President Barack Obama’s nominee to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, The Hill, Politico, Cincinnati Enquirer, Military Times and WSJV-TV in South Bend, Indiana, reported. “I look forward to the hearing with Mr. McDonald and hope that his confirmation will give the VA the long-term leadership that it needs,” Sanders said. 

CBO Sees Medicare's Financial Picture Improving: The biggest Medicare program is expected to remain financially solvent through 2030, five years longer than previously expected, according to a government estimate released Tuesday that predicts the program's health-care costs will grow more slowly than they did before the recession. The report by the Congressional Budget Office said Medicare's financial picture had improved sharply, according to The New York Times. 

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2014-07-15 22:16:54 (56 comments, 71 reshares, 369 +1s)

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2014-07-15 17:54:38 (39 comments, 102 reshares, 392 +1s)

Save Net Neutrality: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/recent-business/save-net-neutrality-07-15-2014

Save Net Neutrality: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/recent-business/save-net-neutrality-07-15-2014___

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2014-07-15 13:22:38 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 43 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): 

Net Neutrality: A letter to the Federal Communications Commission signed by Sen. Bernie Sanders and others was part of what The Hill called an avalanche of net neutrality comments highlighting the passions stirred over whether Internet service providers like Comcast should be allowed to charge companies more money for quicker delivery of their movies and television shows. Sens. Sanders, Ed Markey, Chuck Schumer and Al Franken urged the FCC to protect public access to online information through a free and open Internet, National Journal reported.

Tax Carbon to Curb Global Warming: Hundreds of Citizen Climate Lobby activists from around the country converged recently in Washington, D.C., to urge members of Congress to support legislation by Sens. Barbara Boxer and Sanders to assess a fee on carbon-based fuel, the Lawrence (Kansas)... more »

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): 

Net Neutrality: A letter to the Federal Communications Commission signed by Sen. Bernie Sanders and others was part of what The Hill called an avalanche of net neutrality comments highlighting the passions stirred over whether Internet service providers like Comcast should be allowed to charge companies more money for quicker delivery of their movies and television shows. Sens. Sanders, Ed Markey, Chuck Schumer and Al Franken urged the FCC to protect public access to online information through a free and open Internet, National Journal reported.

Tax Carbon to Curb Global Warming: Hundreds of Citizen Climate Lobby activists from around the country converged recently in Washington, D.C., to urge members of Congress to support legislation by Sens. Barbara Boxer and Sanders to assess a fee on carbon-based fuel, the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World reported. 

Senate to Vote on Energy Regulators: The Senate today is scheduled to vote on two nominees for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Environment and Energy Publishing reported. Sen. Sanders was the only dissenting vote against Cheryl LaFleur, the acting chairman. 

New Populism: Sen. Sanders warned that if the American people chose not to vote and let corporations and billionaires sway election outcomes, the country would become an oligarchy, Ring of Fire reported. “The dynamics of American democracy today is that the vast majority of people don’t vote, lower income and working-class people — in very large numbers — don’t vote, and the billionaire class is in the process of buying and selling politicians. That’s where we are today, Sanders said.” 

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2014-07-14 17:25:19 (64 comments, 93 reshares, 440 +1s)

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2014-07-14 13:07:56 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 33 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Veterans: Lawmakers will have a busy week as they review reform efforts at the Veterans Affairs Department. Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson will testify Wednesday before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, his first appearance on Capitol Hill since scandals over falsified patient wait times forced former Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign in May. The hearings could inform negotiators trying to hammer out a conference bill. President Obama’s nominee for VA secretary, Robert McDonald, will continue meeting with senators ahead of his confirmation hearing. McDonald last week sat down with a handful of lawmakers, including Senate VA panel Chairman Bernie Sanders, who came away impressed by his qualifications, The Hill reported. 

Corporate Democrats: “The trend since the 1980s has been economic/environmental decline alongside thesolidi... more »

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Veterans: Lawmakers will have a busy week as they review reform efforts at the Veterans Affairs Department. Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson will testify Wednesday before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, his first appearance on Capitol Hill since scandals over falsified patient wait times forced former Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign in May. The hearings could inform negotiators trying to hammer out a conference bill. President Obama’s nominee for VA secretary, Robert McDonald, will continue meeting with senators ahead of his confirmation hearing. McDonald last week sat down with a handful of lawmakers, including Senate VA panel Chairman Bernie Sanders, who came away impressed by his qualifications, The Hill reported. 

Corporate Democrats: “The trend since the 1980s has been economic/environmental decline alongside the solidification of corporate power and economic inequality … The only way to reverse this dangerous trend is to tell the truth about and challenge corporate Democrats … A good place for that challenge to happen would be through a progressive candidate taking on Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primaries, if she runs. That challenger might be a Bernie Sanders …,” Jeff Cohen wrote for Common Dreams. 

House Hearing on VA Backlog: A House panel on Monday is scheduled to examine the Obama administration’s efforts to eliminate a longstanding backlog of disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The hearing, held by the House Veterans Affairs Committee, comes less than two months after federal investigators found widespread manipulation of scheduling numbers at VA medical centers, according to The Washington Post wonkblog. 

Governors Slam Inaction on Highway Funding: Governors from both parties voiced incredulity over an impasse in Washington that has jeopardized spending on roads and bridges, calling on lawmakers to come up with the sort of long-term solution that was commonplace in less partisan times. Some governors at their summer meeting, both Democrats and Republicans, said Congress should consider increasing the gas tax to provide a more reliable revenue stream for the Highway Trust Fund. They also called for finding ways to ensure that electric and fuel-efficient vehicles help pay the costs of maintaining the nation's roads, The Wall Street Journal reported. 

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2014-07-13 17:49:42 (67 comments, 23 reshares, 137 +1s)

Tell Bernie your ideas here: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/recent-business/we-need-a-political-revolution

The status of American democracy is frighteningly dismal. 

In the coming November elections, it is estimated that 60 percent of Americans will not vote. Worse, 70-80 percent of those hurting most economically, low and moderate income workers, will not be participating in the election.

Further, political consciousness in this country is extremely low, with most people not knowing who their member of Congress is or which political political parties control the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

Meanwhile, while tens of millions of American workers have given up on the political process and no longer see government as relevant to their lives, the billionaire class is more active politically than ever before. As a result of the disastrous Citizens United... more »

Tell Bernie your ideas here: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/recent-business/we-need-a-political-revolution

The status of American democracy is frighteningly dismal. 

In the coming November elections, it is estimated that 60 percent of Americans will not vote. Worse, 70-80 percent of those hurting most economically, low and moderate income workers, will not be participating in the election.

Further, political consciousness in this country is extremely low, with most people not knowing who their member of Congress is or which political political parties control the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

Meanwhile, while tens of millions of American workers have given up on the political process and no longer see government as relevant to their lives, the billionaire class is more active politically than ever before. As a result of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson and other billionaires will be spending hundreds of millions of dollars to elect candidates whose main function is to help the wealthiest and most powerful people become even wealthier and more powerful.

In other words, the rich are becoming richer and spend huge sums on political donations. The poor are becoming poorer and don't even vote.

Our job is to make a political revolution. Our job is to educate and organize so that working people fight for their rights and for their dignity - and are actively participating in the political process. When we do that, when we stand together, we win: Health care for all, a fair distribution of wealth and income, a major federal jobs program, higher wages, reversing global warming and real campaign finance reform. 

When we give up and don't participate, we lose. And what we will see is the continued collapse of the middle class and an increase in poverty, cuts in Social Security and Medicare, a growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, no increase in the minimum wage, no effort to make college affordable and more devastation because of global warming.

Please share your ideas with me. How do we make that political revolution? How do we bring people together to fight for their rights and a progressive agenda which represents the needs of all Americans, and not just the top 1 percent.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Bernie___

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2014-07-13 13:13:09 (10 comments, 8 reshares, 46 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): 

Land Mines: Sen. Patrick Leahy has pushed for years for the United States to join an international land mine treaty. The White House recently signaled that the U.S. would no longer produce or acquire land mines, but the Obama administration stopped short of saying it would sign the treaty. In the Senate, Leahy got 68 Senate signatures on a 2010 letter imploring Obama to join the convention. “Senator Leahy has been the most forceful and clearest voice in America and a leader internationally in urging the United States to join 161 other countries that have signed a treaty outlawing land mines,” said Sen. Bernard Sanders, who signed the 2010 letter. “Vermonters should be proud that Senator Leahy has pushed our country in the right direction,” Sanders told the Rutland Herald and Times Argus. 

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Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): 

Land Mines: Sen. Patrick Leahy has pushed for years for the United States to join an international land mine treaty. The White House recently signaled that the U.S. would no longer produce or acquire land mines, but the Obama administration stopped short of saying it would sign the treaty. In the Senate, Leahy got 68 Senate signatures on a 2010 letter imploring Obama to join the convention. “Senator Leahy has been the most forceful and clearest voice in America and a leader internationally in urging the United States to join 161 other countries that have signed a treaty outlawing land mines,” said Sen. Bernard Sanders, who signed the 2010 letter. “Vermonters should be proud that Senator Leahy has pushed our country in the right direction,” Sanders told the Rutland Herald and Times Argus. 

Israel Deploys Troops in Gaza: Israel briefly deployed ground troops inside the Gaza Strip for the first time early Sunday as its military warned northern Gaza residents to evacuate their homes, part of a widening offensive that's killed more than 160 Palestinians. As Israel amassed tanks and soldiers at Gaza's borders, The Associated Press said Prime Minister Benjamin Netayahu signaled at a Cabinet meeting on Sunday that a wider ground offensive was possible. "We don't know when the operation will end," he said. "It might take a long time."

Continue reading here: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/newswatch/071314___

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2014-07-12 12:44:03 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 42 +1s)

Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): 

Patchwork Plans Emerge for Roads: Rival stopgap measure to boost a rapidly dwindling transportation trust fund are gaining traction in Congress. Instead of raising new revenue, the House would extend expiring customs fees on importers, transfer money from a fund for leaking underground storage tanks and change rules on private pension contributions. The Senate uses those provisions, but scales back pension changes in favor of better compliance with existing tax laws. Sen. Bernard Sanders, speaking Thursday on the Vermont PBS show “Report from Washington,” called it “insanity” that congressional Republicans refuse to consider raising revenue to shore up the highway fund. “So this is pretty crazy,” he added in the Times Argus and Rutland Herald. “These Republicans are obstructing, obstructing, obstructing.”

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Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): 

Patchwork Plans Emerge for Roads: Rival stopgap measure to boost a rapidly dwindling transportation trust fund are gaining traction in Congress. Instead of raising new revenue, the House would extend expiring customs fees on importers, transfer money from a fund for leaking underground storage tanks and change rules on private pension contributions. The Senate uses those provisions, but scales back pension changes in favor of better compliance with existing tax laws. Sen. Bernard Sanders, speaking Thursday on the Vermont PBS show “Report from Washington,” called it “insanity” that congressional Republicans refuse to consider raising revenue to shore up the highway fund. “So this is pretty crazy,” he added in the Times Argus and Rutland Herald. “These Republicans are obstructing, obstructing, obstructing.”

Highway Trust Fund: Passing legislation to fund the Highway Trust Fund should pass before Congress leaves Washington for the month-long August recess, Donna Brazile wrote in a syndicated column published by the Portage (Wisconsin) Daily Register and The Fort Morgan (Colorado) Times. She noted that, according to Sen. Sanders, "32 percent of America's major roads are in poor or mediocre condition, and 42 percent of major urban highways remain congested, costing the economy an estimated $101 billion in wasted time and fuel annually."

Cost of War: Members of Congress are scrambling to lower the cost of a bill to fix veterans' health care amid a growing uproar over long waits for appointments and falsification of records to cover up the delays at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, The Associated Press and Military Times reported. The latest analysis by the Congressional Budget Office says a provision granting wider access to health care for veterans could cost about $30 billion over the next three years. “Wars are expensive,” said Sen. Sanders, chair of the Senate veterans committee. “Taking care of the men and women who put their lives on the line to defend us is a cost of war."

Continue reading here: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/newswatch/071214___

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