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Sanders rebuts Biden on Clinton endorsement: ‘We are not there at this moment’

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) confirmed on Thursday that he had spoken with Vice President Joe Biden — but did not corroborate Biden’s allegation regarding an endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

“I talked to Joe, I think it was three weeks ago,” Sanders told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “On that issue, we are trying to work with Secretary Clinton’s campaign on areas that we can agree on.”

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NPR reported earlier in the evening that Vice President Joe Biden said the senator would indeed endorse Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee in an interview taped for its Weekend Edition program.

Sanders reaffirmed that he would do everything he could to ensure the defeat of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, but would not respond when Hayes pressed him on whether he saw himself eventually giving stump speeches on behalf of Clinton like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has done recently.

“We are working with the Clinton campaign, trying to be able to come forward and say to my supporters, ‘Here’s the progress that we have made,'” Sanders said, adding, “I hope that we can meet that goal. We are not there at this moment.”

He also declined to go into detail on his recent meeting with President Barack Obama when Hayes alluded to a Washington Post report that Obama’s administration had “leaned on key Democrats” to ensure that the party’s platform would not include opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the multi-national trade deal Sanders has consistently criticized.

“On this issue we have a fundamental disagreement,” the senator said.

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Watch the interview, as aired on Thursday, below.

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Trump’s next 100 days will dictate whether he can be re-elected or not — here’s why

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According to CNN pollster-in-residence Harry Enten, Donald Trump's next 100 days -- which could include an impeachment trial in the Senate -- will hold the key to whether he will remain president in 2020.

As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."

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After Trump: No free pass for Republicans — they own this nightmare

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With the impeachment inquiry leveling up this month as public hearings begin, and with an election that might actually be the end of Donald Trump now less than a year away, the campaign to let Trump's Republican allies — even the most villainous offenders — move on and pretend this never happened is already underway.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Sadly, the clearest articulation of the let-bygones-be-bygones mentality has come from a Democrat — unsurprisingly, former Vice President Joe Biden.Biden, who is still, somehow, the frontrunner in Democratic primary polling, spoke at a chi-chi fundraiser on Wednesday, and dropped this pearl of wisdom: "With Donald Trump out of the way, you’re going to see a number of my Republican colleagues have an epiphany."

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As climate crisis-fueled fires rage, fears grow of an ‘uninhabitable’ California

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As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."

With wildfires raging across California on Wednesday—and with portions of the state living under an unprecedented "Extreme Red Flag Warning" issued by the National Weather Service due to the severe conditions—some climate experts are openly wondering if this kind of harrowing "new normal" brought on by the climate crisis could make vast regions of the country entirely uninhabitable.

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