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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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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.
Sen. Bernie Sanders' televised town hall on Tuesday night to promote single-payer health care, or "Medicare for all," drew a live audience of about 1.1 million ... The Vermont senator is a frequent critic of mainstream news outlets for their alleged focus on superficial political matters and failure to entertain ...
"The bottom line is that what Mayor de Blasio and his administration understand," said Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, "in this country, in the home of Ellis Island, our job is to bring people together with love and compassion and to end the divisions and the attacks that are taking place." In her opening ...
Senator Bernie Sanders rang in the new year in a more conservative fashion than perhaps the Commander in Chief did at his Mar-A-Lago party -- by only spending a whopping $16 on his New Year's Eve meal, according the New York Post. The Post reports that Sanders and his wife Jane were seen ...
Senator Bernie Sanders sported a $700 coat on Monday during New York City mayor Bill de Blasio's swearing-in ceremony. The socialist was cozy and warm in a $690 Burton 2L LZ down jacket as de Blasio was assuming office for the second time in a row during the frigid temperatures at City Hall.
(JTA) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are among the men most admired by Americans this year, according to a new poll. A Gallup poll released Wednesday found that the Jewish Independent from Vermont and the Israeli leader placed seventh and ninth respectively ...
Bernie Sanders Clarifies Comments About Middle-Class tax Cuts In GOP Bill ... Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) dismissed attempts to construe one of his recent comments as praise for the Republican tax legislation, declaring in a statement on Wednesday that the GOP law is "one of the worst pieces of legislation in ...
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will swear in New York City mayor Bill de Blasio when the mayor is inaugurated Monday for his second and final term, City Hall ... Senator Sanders' progressive leadership has helped reshape the American political debate in favor of men and women long left out of our city and ...
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., joins protesters outside the Capitol as Republicans in the Senate work to pass their sweeping tax bill onNov. 30, 2017. ... Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was resolutely opposed to the Tax Cuts and jobs Act. From his perch on the Senate Budget Committee, he weighed it down with rules ...
progressives and Democrats, suffice to say, are none too pleased. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, for one, came out swinging following the CBS News report, which quoted two friends of Trump's who were in attendance. Specifically, Sanders tweeted Sunday that Trump was "finally telling the truth" about the ...
(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 ...
On Monday, Donald Trump received some news that was almost as thrilling as the time he got to pretend to ride a big-rig: Senator Susan Collins will support the G.O.P. tax bill, making it almost certain that the legislation will pass in the Senate. House Republicans are expected to vote on their tax bill on ...
As Republicans eye final passage of their overhaul of the nation's tax code, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, says the GOP plan is a "massive attack" on the middle class Americans whom Republicans claim to be helping. Transcript: Sen. Bernie Sanders on "Face the Nation". "At the end of the day what you ...
Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to significantly reduce the number of super delegates in the 2020 Democratic presidential contest. Charlie Neibergall / AP. One of Bernie Sanders biggest complaints during the 2016 Democratic presidential race was the influence of so-called superdelegates. Before the ...
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 FBI probe of Jane Sanders, wife of Senator Bernie Sanders, is reportedly still ongoing. The enduring probe is ... Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, speaks as his wife Jane Sanders looks on. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and his wife are still in trouble with the FBI. But it's the ...
December 7, 2017, 8:04 AM | A new CBS News poll finds 53 percent of Americans disapprove of the Republican tax plan. Most say the bill will benefit large corporations and wealthy Americans, but only 31 percent think it will help middle class Americans. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, the ranking ...
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, says the U.S. needs a "cultural revolution" to change the way women are treated, reiterating his call for the resignation of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, over new sexual misconduct allegations. He spoke about why he now believes Franken should step down on "CBS This ...
An Idaho man is raising money to commission a statue of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, which he hopes to place in Burlington. Al Asker, 45, of Boise, Idaho, doesn't have a specific spot in mind yet, but he is hoping to commission an 8-foot marble statue of the senator and former presidential candidate.
Los Angeles (WCAX) A gossip site is spreading the idea that Hollywood actor Randy Quaid will challenge Sen. Bernie Sanders to become Vermont's next senator. The site Deadline cited a tweet from Quaid Nov. 30 that said, "Some very powerful people representing a super pac have approached me ...


 

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