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  • Sen. Bernie Sanders is raising the stakes of the "Medicare for All" debate by expanding his proposal to include long-term care, a move that is forcing other Democratic presidential candidates to take a stand on addressing one of the biggest gaps in the U.S. health care system.Medicare for All is unlikely to advance in the GOP-controlled Senate, but it's a defining issue in the early days of the Democratic primary and candidates have pointed to their support of Sanders' legislation as proof of their progressive bona fides.
  • A young civil rights activist named Bernard Sanders was arrested and dragged off to jail for protesting school segregation on the South Side of Chicago in the summer of 1963.
  • Bernie Sanders is back for another White House run, but this one promises to be far different than the improbable 2016 presidential campaign that made the Vermont senator a political force.
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is giving it another go, launching a second campaign for the White House four years after surprising Democrats with a strong bid for the party's 2016 nomination.
  • Bernie Sanders, while expressing his disappointment in losing the party nomination, called Monday night for Democrats to support Hillary Clinton and unite behind what he described as “the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party.” Sanders implored his thousands of supporters in Philadelphia to support not him—the insurgent who had made much of that platform happen—but the soon-to-be-nominee Clinton, the former centrist Democrat who defeated him. It was a speech that was hardly met with wild acclamation. There were many cheers, but also many tears on the floor as Bernie left the stage. And despite the calls for unity, it left the key question—Did he quell the hunger for mutiny?—in doubt Read more: http://www.politico.
  • And intriguingly, Sanders suggested he'd try to hold her feet to the fire once she got into office.
  • Bernie Sanders on Monday and Tuesday led an orchestrated attempt by Democratic leaders to pull their party together, but simmering anger among his die-hard supporters proved that Democratic unity will be a work in progress.
  • Bernie Sanders vowed to continue the Democratic primary past the last primary race in June, forecasting a much longer battle with Hillary Clinton than her allies had hoped. "[Clinton] will need superdelegates to take her over the top at the convention in Philadelphia," Sanders said at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on Sunday. "In other words, it will be a contested convention."
  • Exit polls are missing a lot of points about the black electorate in 2016.
  • In its early months, Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign suffered from the impression that it was a protest candidacy more about discussing issues than about electing a president. More recently, it has looked more like a genuine effort to deny Hillary Clinton the nomination — an effort that seems likely to fail. But judged by that earlier standard, Sanders has been highly successful. I'll use myself as an example: Thanks to Sanders — and specifically thanks to his campaign — I've come around to the idea that the correct tuition for qualified students at public colleges and universities is $0.
  • Hillary Clinton's Super Tuesday speech, delivered before a gathering of supporters in Miami, was a more polished version of a speech I'd heard her give three days earlier in Columbia, South Carolina. The Columbia rally took place at an indoor volleyball court at the University of South Carolina. The floor of the gymnasium had been covered with a blue tarp, possibly to protect the wood, but also maybe to hide the name of the team, the Gamecocks, and its mascot, a giant red cockfighting rooster, complete with sharpened spurs on its legs.
  • The presidential nomination battle between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton moved decisively Wednesday to a fight for African Americans’ votes, as the two candidates touted dueling endorsements to bolster their standing within the community.
  • Like most journalists, I've been covering Bernie Sanders's 2016 primary campaign as fundamentally more about making a point than about electing a president. He's out there to talk about his issues, to shift the terms of the debate, and to force Hillary Clinton to commit herself to progressive causes.
  • Characterizing Wall Street as an industry run on "greed, fraud, dishonesty and arrogance," Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pledged to break up the country's biggest financial firms within a year and limit banking fees placed on consumers, should he become president, in a fiery speech on Tuesday. He coupled that promise, delivered in front of a raucous crowd just a few subway stops from Wall Street, with a series of attacks on rival Hillary Clinton, arguing her personal and political ties make her unable to truly take on the financial industry. "To those on Wall Street who may be listening today, let me be very clear: Greed is not good," said Sanders, in a reference to Oliver Stone's 1980s film, "Wall Street."
  • When 2015 began, few would have expected that a "democratic socialist" could seriously compete on fundraising with Hillary Clinton, the near-unanimous choice of the Democratic Party establishment. But that's just what Bernie Sanders has managed to do.
  • Hillary Clinton’s donors say they think Bernie Sanders will raise more money in the fourth quarter than their candidate for the first time ever — a testament to the underdog’s online cash juggernaut and a harbinger of donor fatigue among the front-runner’s backers. Clinton campaign officials said she remains on track to reach her goal of $100 million for the primary by the end of the year; she had already collected $77 million by the end of the third quarter.
  • Just in time for Saturday night's debate, the Democratic presidential race is being jolted by another computer-related scandal.
  • The Democratic National Committee and the Bernie Sanders campaign reached a late-night deal on Friday that restores the candidate's access to crucial voter files, slightly mitigating one crisis ahead of what many already expect to be a more tense Democratic debate on Saturday evening than the DNC wants. On Friday morning, the DNC blocked the Sanders campaign from accessing its own data after a glitch allowed staffers from the Sanders team to view Hillary Clinton’s propriety voter data for about 30 minutes. Only after the Sanders campaign filed a lawsuit did the two sides come together.
  • Bernie Sanders' campaign on Friday threatened to take the Democratic National Committee to federal court if the party organization doesn't restore the campaign's access to a crucial voter database. The internal warfare exploded after the DNC cut off Sanders from the database and charged that the Vermont senator's presidential campaign exploited a software error to improperly access confidential voter information collected by Hillary Clinton's team.
  • Now we finally know what Bernie Sanders means by “democratic socialism.” Speaking on his political philosophy at Georgetown yesterday, the Vermont senator and Democratic Presidential candidate opened with a long invocation of Franklin Roosevelt and the social protections that the New Deal created: minimum wages, retirement benefits, banking regulation, the forty-hour workweek. Roosevelt’s opponents attacked all these good things as “socialism,” Sanders reminded his listeners.