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Noam Chomsky praises Bernie Sanders — and says the Democrats must win at all costs

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Does Noam Chomsky want to see Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders in the White House come November? Of the current crop of candidates, Chomsky believes Bernie Sanders would have the best policies—even though he may not be the socialist he proclaims he is.

“Bernie Sanders may call himself a socialist, but he’s basically a New Dealer in the current American political system,” says Chomsky.

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A New Dealer, he explains, is someone who is way out on the left. “Eisenhower, for example, who said anyone who questions the New Deal doesn’t belong in our political system would be regarded as a raging leftist. So, Bernie Sanders is a decent, honest New Dealer.”

Still, Chomsky fears that with our current system, Sanders doesn’t have much of a chance. While Chomsky prefers Sanders, he emphasizes the importance of putting a Democrat in the White House.

“There are differences in the parties,” he responds, when asked if he’d even consider a Republican over Hillary Clinton. “Small differences [coupled with] great power can have enormous consequences.”

To Chomsky’s point, enormous consequences also apply to not voting, especially in a swing state. “Abstaining from voting is a vote for the Republican candidate [should he win]. “My vote would be against the Republican candidate in a swing state [and] I said the same thing with Obama.”

In Chomsky’s opinion, the main difference between the two parties is Islamophobia. All Republican candidates are against the Iran deal, and Ted Cruz has actually suggested “carpet-bombing” the Middle East, something no Democrat has proposed in any debate.

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“Every time you hit them with a sledgehammer, you expand [the problem]. You have to deal with a situation rationally if you want to be humane but even concerned with your own security,” Chomsky says.

Noam Chomsky has written more than 100 books and has taught for more than half a century. Like Bernie Sanders, he has been speaking on the same ideals for over five decades.

WATCH: Noam Chomsky’s full conversation with Mehdi Hasan of Al Jazeera English:

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California bill to establish nation’s second public bank applauded as ‘historic challenge to Wall Street domination’

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"If California is serious about addressing racial and income inequities, we must create a banking system that centers people not profits."

In a move advocacy groups celebrated as a "historic challenge to Wall Street domination of municipal finances," a pair of California state lawmakers on Thursday unveiled legislation that would establish the nation's second publicly-owned bank and empower the institution to lend to businesses and local governments fighting to stay afloat amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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What is China doing to stop Beijing’s new coronavirus outbreak?

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Over 1,000 flights have been cancelled, schools shut and residents urged not to leave Beijing, as Chinese authorities race to contain a fresh outbreak linked to the capital's largest wholesale food market.

The number of confirmed cases in the capital has shot up to 137 within the last week after two months of no cases, and four other provinces have revealed cases linked to the Beijing cluster.

How did the outbreak begin, and what measures are Beijing taking to contain it?

- What is the origin of the cluster? -

Beijing had turned into a virtual fortress at the height of the pandemic, with people arriving from other regions or countries required to undergo quarantines.

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Democrats and Never-Trumpers gaming out ‘doomsday scenarios’ if president refuses to leave office: report

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According to a report in the New York Times, Democratic strategists and Never-Trumper conservatives fear Donald Trump will refuse to leave office should he lose in November and are making plans and figuring out their legal options should such an unprecedented state of affairs come to pass.

The report, by the Times' Reid Epstein, begins with one such possible scenario.

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