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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.

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

Watch the interview, as aired on Thursday, below.

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Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’

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On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.

"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."

The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.

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Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE

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Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls

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When Robert Mueller completed his long-awaited investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he left many questions unanswered.

But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.

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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans

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The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.

In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.

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