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Bernard "Bernie" Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from Vermont. A Democrat as of 2015, he had been the longest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history, though his caucusing with the Democrats had entitled him to committee assignments, and at times gave Democrats a majority. Sanders has been the ranking minority member on the Senate Budget Committee since January 2015, and previously served for two years as chair of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. He is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.


Sanders was born and raised in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, and he graduated from the University of Chicago in 1964. While a student, Sanders was a member of the Young People's Socialist League and an active civil rights protest organizer for the Congress of Racial Equality and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.


After settling in Vermont in 1968, Sanders ran unsuccessful third-party campaigns for governor and U.S. senator in the early to mid-1970s. As an independent, he was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont's most populous city, in 1981. He was reelected three times. In 1990, he was elected to represent Vermont's at-large congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1991, Sanders co-founded the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He served as a congressman for 16 years before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006. In 2012, he was reelected with 71% of the popular vote.


Sanders rose to national prominence following his 2010 filibuster against the proposed extension of the Bush tax cuts. Sanders favors policies similar to those of social democratic parties in Europe, particularly those instituted by the Nordic countries. He is a leading progressive voice on issues such as income inequality, universal healthcare, parental leave, climate change, LGBT rights, and campaign finance reform. Sanders has long been critical of U.S. foreign policy and was an early and outspoken opponent of the Iraq War. He is also outspoken on civil rights and civil liberties, and has been particularly critical of racial discrimination in the criminal justice system and mass surveillance policies such as the USA PATRIOT Act and the NSA surveillance programs.

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The senator is still in the early stages of crafting the plan, according to the Post, which would provide a job or required training for any American. Sanders's office has yet to release the details of the plan's funding, but previous large-scale projects proposed by the Vermont progressive have involved ... jobs
It was June 2016. Former Bernie Sanders surrogate Nina Turner was just about to go onstage to introduce the Vermont senator at a San Francisco rally she estimated drew some 30,000 people. But just before she could, she noticed a "wave of despair" overcome the crowd as everyone, ... Superdelegate
Sanders hosts an interview show ("The Bernie Sanders Show") that he started streaming over Facebook Live on a semi-regular basis after his staff got the idea in February of 2017 to film the senator chatting with the activist Rev. Dr. William Barber. After they posted that simple clip and it earned hundreds ...
Sen. Bernie Sanders is condemning Friday's military strikes on Syria as "illegal and unauthorized." "It is Congress, not the president, which has the constitutional responsibility for making war," Sanders said in a statement shortly before midnight on Friday. After 17 years of war in Afghanistan and 15 years ...
Rapper Killer Mike on Saturday defended himself against criticism from fans after appearing on NRATV, the broadcast arm of the National Rifle Association. Killer Mike, whose real name is Michael Render, was a prominent supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders · Bernard (Bernie) SandersPro-Sanders rapper ...

Attention, Bernie Bros: former presidential challenger and Senator Bernie Sanders will be the first guest on the new podcast Deconstructed, hosted by British journalist and author Mehdi Hasan and sponsored by The Intercept news organization. Hasan will also join The Intercept's staff as a columnist and ...
Bernie Sanders has asked the Defense Department to look at defense contractor compensation, fraud and overruns. ... Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders has asked Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to address “the excessive compensation of defense contractors, the widespread misconduct and fraud ...
The Vermont senator hopes to build on the success of a widely viewed “Medicare for all” session. ... Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) plans to hold a live, televised town hall on March 19 devoted to exploring the issue of economic inequality. ... The program will consist of a four-person panel: Sanders, Sen.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders came to the defense of Texas congressional candidate Laura Moser, denouncing national Democrats after they took the extraordinary step of trying to damage her chances days before the Tuesday primary. In an interview Thursday, the Vermont independent and 2016 presidential ...
Pindell: The reaction this morning from those in New Hampshire was a lot of head-shaking, especially in the Bernie Sanders world. I first heard that Levi was thinking about a run a few hours after Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter announced she would not seek reelection. But Levi waited. Now he is ...
GREEN BAY - Sen. Bernie Sanders returned to Wisconsin on Saturday to urge supporters to finish what they helped start when they propelled him to victory in the state's 2016 presidential primary election. On Saturday, Sanders told an estimated 1,000 people at the Weidner Center for a Repeal the Trump ...
Sen. Mark Warner told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Monday afternoon that he is "very concerned" President Trump is breaking laws with regard to the Mueller probe and the firing of FBI deputy director Andy McCabe: CNN, WOLF BLITZER: How concerned are you, Senator, that President Trump has gone from.
The Vermont senator is using his reach to try to shape a national progressive narrative. By Daniel Marans ... Sen. Bernie Sanders' televised town hall on economic inequality drew about 1.7 million live viewers during an online broadcast Monday night. ... Three co-hosts aided Sanders in his efforts: Sen.
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, vowing to play an influential role in the 2018 midterm elections, was blunt on Friday about the stakes for the Democratic Party. "If Democrats control either the House or the Senate, Trump's agenda is dead," Mr. Sanders said during a conversation with New York ...
By Candace Sweat, WRAL reporter & Hannah Webster, WRAL.com editor. Durham, N.C. -- People of all ages and backgrounds packed Duke University Chapel Thursday night for a conversation on race with United States Sen. Bernie Sanders and the Rev. William Barber II. The discussion was a part ...

DURHAM, NC -- Sen. Bernie Sanders entered Duke University Chapel on Thursday night to hundreds of people singing "This Little Light of Mine. ... It was a different feel to many of his 2016 campaign rallies, even though the Vermont senator's core message has not changed. Instead of speaking to a ...
The subject of Sen. Bernie Sanders' tweet? Not music or the state of pop culture or even a topic directly affecting Cardi B's fan base of Millennials and ... The independent senator from Vermont was referencing a statement Cardi B had made in a recent GQ interview comparing President Franklin D.
Nevada Senate candidate Jacky Rosen, who will try to unseat Republican Sen. Dean Heller in November, joined up in Las Vegas last month. The tax measure, which permanently slashed corporate rates, offered more modest cuts for middle class earners. All of the individual tax cuts in the law are ...
Sen. Bernie Sanders has encouraged young people to get involved in politics, and one Vermonter has answered that call — by challenging the sitting senator for his ... "I hope that he may [run for president] and therefore, you know, I think the people of Vermont deserve a senator for six years,” said Peacock.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is heading to Wisconsin to rally with Randy Bryce, a Democrat hoping to take on House Speaker Paul Ryan this fall. The Independent senator from Vermont will be in Racine on Feb. 24 to join Bryce and local elected officials for a campaign event. Others expected to speak include ...
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is keeping quiet as a federal grand jury investigates a bank loan to a now-defunct private college once run by his wife. ... A spokesman, Josh Miller-Lewis, said he did not have an answer for The Daily Signal on whether the senator or his Senate office was involved in a loan going ...
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is asking his supporters to pressure Congress to legalize marijuana and end the broader “war on drugs.” In an email sent to the former (and possibly future) presidential candidate's campaign e-mail list on Wednesday night, the senator wrote that the federal government's ...
Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses the political landscape, another run for the White House ... In a hometown interview that happens less frequently that it once did, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said he will ... Asked if that has altered his view of his job representing Vermont, the senator says, "Yes, it has. Because ...
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., accused House Republicans on Wednesday of undermining special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump's presidential campaign by pushing for the release of a controversial classified intelligence memo. Sanders ...
Senator Bernie Sanders will deliver his own response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. Sanders' comments will be broadcast live on his Facebook page and available to watch below. The Independent from Vermont, who is likely gearing up for another ...
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is bringing Luis Alcauter as his guest to Trump's speech, he said Tuesday. "I'm honored that Luis Alcauter will be my guest at the #StateOfTheUnion. Luis is not a statistic, and he is certainly not a bargaining chip," Sanders tweeted. "He is a human being who deserves our support.
NANCY CORDES: And joining us now Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders. He is in Burlington, Vermont this morning. Senator Sanders, thank you so much for being with us. BERNIE SANDERS: My pleasure. NANCY CORDES: I'd like to get your take on the White House immigration proposal ...
2020 POLL: DEM FAVORITES LEAD TRUMP: Former Vice President Joe Biden (57-40), Sen. Bernie Sanders (55-42) and Oprah Winfrey (51-42) all outpace Trump in potential 2020 face-offs, according to a new CNN poll of registered voters. More notable numbers from CNN's Ryan Struyk: Sanders' ...
The top-line message the Vermont senator received from the operatives gathered during the government shutdown was a more formal version of the one they've been giving him regularly for months: You would be one of the front-runners for the Democratic nomination. And if you want to run, it's time to start ...
With more than one million people watching at home, and hundreds watching from the studio audience, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., leaned across his desk with a crucial health-care question. “What's the quality of the Norwegian system?” Sanders asked Meetali Kakadi, an Oslo-based health researcher.
Senator Bernie Sanders continued his harsh criticism of President Donald Trump on Friday and called him a pathological liar. During an interview with MSNBC on Friday, Sanders was asked to weigh in on Trump's first year in office just hours before the government shutdown deadline. The Vermont senator ...
Bernie Sanders to hold economic inequality conversation at Duke Buy Photos Sen. Bernie Sanders will visit Duke University Jan. 19 to discuss economic equality. Sanders visited N.C. State University April 26, 2017. Photo courtesy of sanders.senate.gov.
Following the retirement last month of veteran state director Phil Fiermonte, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has named a replacement to lead his Vermont office: senior policy adviser David Weinstein. ... According to Sanders spokesman Daniel McLean, the senator finalized the promotion Tuesday.
President Donald Trump believes he could defeat Senator Bernie Sanders if he were to face the veteran left-winger in the 2020 presidential election, Politico ... Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a rally against President Donald Trump's travel ban outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., ...
There are some who (unfortunately) think of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., as being something of a political dinosaur, recommending nothing but bigger government in that Old Democrat style. Everything can be solved by just taxing ever more, pouring the money through the D.C. swamp, and all will be better ...
Senator Bernie Sanders is publicly trying to blame the Republicans for a possible government shutdown later this month. But this is another case of Sanders just talking and not really taking a leadership role in negotiations. This has been a long-running pattern for Sanders that continues now despite his ...
Durham, N.C. — Duke University Chapel will host a public conversation with United States Sen. Bernie Sanders and the Rev. William J. Barber II on Friday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m.. The discussion, “The Enduring Challenge of a Moral Economy: 50 Years After Dr. King Challenged Racism, Poverty, and Militarism,” ...
Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders took aim at President Donald Trump's proposal to spend $18 billion over the next decade to extend a border wall with ... The senator, who ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, said what bothers him most about Trump is that he promised during the ...
“Socialist Bernie Sanders wears a $700 jacket while complaining about rich people,” a Newsweek headline blared. Sanders' ... Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 1, 2018. He was sporting a $690 coat, according to a conservative site.
This Sunday, George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, Intelligence Committee member Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Plus, former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara and ABC News chief legal analyst ...
Discussion of 2020 has to start with the three potential candidates around whom the rest of the field has to strategize: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is still traveling the country like a candidate and would start with a much stronger early-state organization than he had in 2016; former Vice President Joe ...
"But he's hoping to have that Bernie Sanders appeal, a populist economic appeal to people who are really sick of the system." For now, though, El-Sayed remains an unquestioned underdog. The favorite to win the nomination, Whitmer, was regarded during her time in office as one of the state's most liberal ...
(CNN) Voters' views of President Donald Trump's performance should spell trouble for his party in the midterm elections, Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders said on CNN's "State of the Union." "What we're seeing in Alabama, what we're seeing in Virginia, New Jersey and in states all across this ...
(CNN) On the day the House approved a major tax code rewrite -- sending new legislation to the desk of President Donald Trump -- Sen. Bernie Sanders voiced his clear disapproval. "This is a disaster for the American people," Sanders told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I think the Republicans will rue the day.
Doug Jones' upset Tuesday night in Alabama's special election will make him the first Democratic senator from the state since 1994 — and Jones' positions show how just much the ... The Democrat said Wednesday his first congratulatory call the night before came from appointed Republican Sen.
The senator wants legislation and a hearing to address pharmaceutical companies' role in the opioid epidemic. ... In a letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the committee on health, education, labor and pensions, Sanders encouraged him to hold hearings on the matter just as the ...
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said on ABC's "This Week" that the rhetoric used in the Trump ad "doesn't work," citing Republican Ed Gillespie's failed gubernatorial campaign ads, which attacked now-Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam for voting "in favor of sanctuary cities that let dangerous illegal immigrants back ...
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont about the ongoing government shutdown. LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: And now we return to our main story, the government shutdown. Bernie Sanders is the independent senator from Vermont, and he joins us now.


 

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