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Sen. Bernie Sanders: Deficit caused by wars, tax breaks and Wall Street

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Thursday urged the congressional debt committee not to propose any cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. “This country does in fact have a serious deficit problem,” he said to about 200 people packed in the Senate Budget Committee room. “But the reality is that…

Office of Inspector General to investigate tar sands pipeline deal

A letter from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) appears to have triggered what thousands of protesters could not: a serious re-examining of the deal to secure the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. “We are disturbed by reports, such as those in The New York Times on October…

Bernie Sanders: Republicans doing nothing to create jobs

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Thursday it was “absurd” that Republicans claimed they were trying to create jobs. “They’re doing nothing to create jobs,” he told MSNBC’s Al Sharpton. “They’re obstructing every single effort out there.” Senate Republicans and two members of the Democratic caucus killed the Rebuild America Act…

Bernie Sanders: Citizens United ruling ‘basically insane’

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Wednesday night slammed the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision and supported legislation to overturn it. Democratic Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Michael Bennet of Colorado introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that would overturn the ruling, which gave corporations and unions…

Sen. Bernie Sanders: U.S. becoming laughing stock of the world

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Monday night that the United States was becoming “the laughing stock of the entire world” because of the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. The Senate will take up this week a part of Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act that would provide $60 billion create a…

Bernie Sanders: ‘Occupy’ protests pushing Obama to stand with working people

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Monday night that the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration presented Barack Obama with an opportunity to stand with working people and push for a new jobs bill. “I think what the president is catching on to is that the American people want him…

Sen. Bernie Sanders blasts GOP for blocking jobs bill

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Tuesday night on MSNBC’s The Ed Show that it was “beyond his comprehension” how not even one Republican voted for Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act in the midst of the “economic crisis” facing the country. The added that, if anything, the bill did not go…

Sanders skewers the ‘class warfare’ of America’s ‘economic royalists’

Appearing on Tuesday night’s edition of Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) felt the need to correct former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney on the Occupy Wall Street movement. Earlier that day, the former Massachusetts governor labeled the protest “dangerous” and “class warfare.” “The irony is that Romney is…

Poll: Majority support tax hikes along with spending cuts to slash deficit

Buried in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll is an interesting revelation: A large majority of Americans believe tax hikes should accompany spending cuts to slash the federal deficit. Sixty-four percent of respondents said that deficit-cutting should comprise a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, while only 31 percent…

Nader: Progressive-libertarian alliance ‘the most exciting new political dynamic’ in US

Prepare for the rise of libertarian progressives. That was the message earlier in the week from trends analyst Gerald Celente, who predicted that the rapid acceleration of wealth into the coffers of the ultra-rich would drive a global youth resistance movement in 2011 and reformat long-held political boundaries. And then…

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