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Professor Frances Fox Piven describes Sanders: You could call him a New Deal Democrat

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Activist and honorary Democratic Socialists of America chair Frances Fox Piven suggested on Wednesday that the term “Democratic Socialist” might be too big to describe Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

“People mean a lot of different things by it,” she told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. “You could also call Bernie Sanders a New Deal Democrat and you wouldn’t be wrong. And maybe he’s not even a very left-wing New Deal Democrat.”

Piven, a professor of sociology and political science for the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, observed that people are “eating up” Sanders’ policy ideas, which she described as unique to the American left-wing.

“The younger voters, when you poll them on this word ‘Socialism,’ it is not a bad word,” O’Donnell said. “Polls always used to return Socialism as just about the worst word that you could associate with them.”

That negative connotation, Piven said, was the outcome of propaganda and jingoism in popular culture. But at its root, she added, “Democratic Socialism” means that there should be democratic control of the economy’s main functions.

“I happen to believe we desperately need to do that, and so does Bernie Sanders — but not in radical ways,” she told O’Donnell. “He’s not proposing to take over anything. He’s just proposing to redistribute the concentrated wealth that we’ve been producing in this society to make sure young people have jobs, that people working have medical leave, that they can spend some time with their children. These are minimal things in rich, industrial countries.”

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Elections 2016

Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’

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Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.

To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.

Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."

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2020 Election

Obsessed Trump: ‘Only fake polls show us behind’ Democrats. Fox News: 5 Dems would beat him

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President Donald Trump is obsessed with polls – but not facts – and increasingly so. He just fired his internal pollsters after leaked internal poll numbers show devastating lossesfor Trump in key battleground states.

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If Trump really believed he was falsely accused ‘that is not a corrupt motive’ for removing the special counsel: Bill Barr

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Attorney General William Barr told Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that if President Donald Trump really and truly thought he was being falsely accused of collaborating with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election, that it was "not a corrupt motive" for firing Robert Mueller, a stunning statement from the nation's highest law enforcement officer.

"As a matter of law, I think the department's position would be that the president can direct the termination or the replacement of a special counsel," said Barr. "And as a matter of law, the obstruction statute does not reach that conduct."

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