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In a First, Democrats' Platform to Call for Death Penalty Abolition

The words of Bill and Hillary Clinton during their respective presidential campaigns — 24 years apart — illustrate the decline in both the support for and use of the death penalty in America — a shift expected to result in the Democrats becoming the first major U.S. political party to formally call …

Hillary Clinton

Sanders' TPP stance shot down by Democrats' platform committee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A trade deal fight led by U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday failed to fully materialize as rival and presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton announced a compromise to expand mandatory healthcare funding over the next decade.<p>Democratic U.S. …

Sanders scores platform victory, calls for $15 minimum wage

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Bernie Sanders' crusade to shape the Democratic party platform scored a win late Friday night, with the approval of an amendment …

Middle-class

Green party's Jill Stein invites Bernie Sanders to take over ticket

Stein, expected to become the party’s nominee at its August convention, says she has invited Sanders to collaborate: ‘Everything is on the table’<p>Bernie Sanders has been invited to continue his underdog bid for the White House by the Green party’s probable presidential candidate, who has offered to …

Middle-class

Sanders calls for criminal justice reform after police shootings

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) Sanders'Medicare for all' is a pipe dream GOP senator to Cory Booker: 'Get a grip' Warren on what has changed …

Bernie Sanders

US senators backing a controversial GMO bill just got expertly trolled by Bernie Sanders

One of the biggest food fights in US government is about to start on the Senate floor in Washington DC, and senator Bernie Sanders has launched the first attack.<p>The fight is over bipartisan legislation that would give food companies three paths for complying with rules for GMO labeling on food …

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders welcomes Hillary Clinton's new college plan

Bernie Sanders, who has appeared hesitant to embrace Hillary Clinton even after she became the clear winner of the Democratic presidential primary season, is eagerly welcoming her new plan to make higher education more affordable.<p>In a sign that Sanders and Clinton are increasingly aligned as the …

Middle-class

Sanders wins $15 minimum wage in Dems platform draft

A draft of the Democratic party's platform released Friday fully endorses a $15 minimum wage, a victory for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who had made …

Sanders: Democratic platform doesn't go far enough

Bernie Sanders says the Democrats' national platform is off to an "excellent start," but he's not entirely satisfied with the language surrounding the party's position on trade.<p>The Democratic National Committee released a party platform draft last week in St. Louis that called for a $15 minimum …

What is Bernie Up To?

Spring Fund Drive: Keep CounterPunch Afloat<br>CounterPunch is a lifeboat of sanity in today’s turbulent political seas. Please make a tax-deductible …

Income inequality today may be higher today than in any other era

By Jeff Guo<p>A few years ago, economists Peter Lindert and Jeffrey Williamson uncovered a startling fact about the origins of inequality in America.<p>We know, of course, that incomes are highly unequal today. We can trace the rise and fall of the 1 percent back to the early 1900s, when robber barons …

Income Inequality

Sign the petition: The Democratic Party Platform must include unequivocal opposition to the TPP

Members of the Democratic National Convention Platform Drafting Committee voted against an amendment that would have unequivocally stated the …

Democrats Take a Step Left With New Party Platform

Democrats are considering approving what is almost certainly the most progressive platform in the party’s history, though supporters of Bernie Sanders are still not satisfied with provisions on trade and other issues.<p>A draft of the platform, obtained by NBC News, was approved by a 15-member …

Bernie Sanders Calls Out The Democratic Party Once Again

Bernie Sanders has made no secret of his distaste for the Democratic Party establishment during this year’s hotly contested presidential primary. Now …

71% of Americans believe economy is 'rigged'

The overwhelming majority of Americans believe the economy is rigged.<p>Seventy-one percent think the U.S. economic system is "rigged in favor of certain groups," according to a new poll by Marketplace and Edison Research.<p>The poll asked a simple question: Which of the following comes closer to your …

Middle-class

Sanders-backed candidate wins NY House primary

A law professor backed by Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) Sanders'Medicare for all' is a pipe dream GOP senator to Cory Booker: 'Get a grip' Warren on …

Government

Sanders back in U.S. Senate, blasts 'colonialism' in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders brought his firebrand rhetoric back to the floor of the Senate on Tuesday to condemn a White House-backed bill on Puerto Rico’s financial crisis as “colonialism at its worst.”<p>U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. …

Here’s what Bernie Sanders has won in the Democratic platform (so far)

By David Weigel<p>, Reporter<p>On Friday evening, Sen. Bernie Sanders told supporters in Syracuse, N.Y., that the Democratic Party was not yet embracing the progressive platform planks that he wanted — that the whole movement wanted. On Sunday, he repeated himself, telling CNN's Jake Tapper that "we're …

Middle-class

Bernie Sanders Mounts Democratic Convention Platform Fight

He successfully got some of his policy proposals into the initial draft of the Democratic platform but is determined to press further.<p>Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday redoubled his efforts to ensure that despite his loss to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the …

Democrats move Left with Bernie Sanders' policies to head off Donald Trump's anti-elite message

Democrats have revealed Bernie Sanders' prize for running such a vigorous presidential campaign – a draft election policy platform that advocates a hike in the minimum wage, breaking up big banks and abolishing the death penalty.<p>The lurch to the Left reflects growing concern that Donald Trump, the …

'Never ever lose your sense of outrage,' Bernie Sanders tells New York crowd

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Sen. Bernie Sanders vowed Thursday to continue his fight to transform the Democratic Party and the nation, saying political campaigns come and go, but “political and social revolutions continue.”<p>“Our goal from day one has been transform this nation,” the Vermont senator said in a …

Bernie Sanders to major Latino group: 'Donald Trump will not become president'

Sen. Bernard Sanders told a gathering of Latino political leaders Thursday that presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump “will not become …

Donald Trump

Sanders says his revolution is 'just getting started'

NEW YORK (AP) — Bernie Sanders told a roaring crowd of supporters Thursday that his campaign is "just getting started" fighting economic inequality, …

Middle-class

Bernie Sanders Vows to Continue 'Political Revolution' in New York

In a fast-moving news cycle that has already turned to the election battle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders has quickly …

U.S. should raise minimum wage, overhaul taxes and offer paid maternity leave, IMF says

WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund downgraded its forecast for the U.S. economy this year and said America should raise the minimum wage to …

Bernie Sanders: Here's what we want

By Bernie Sanders<p>As we head toward the Democratic National Convention, I often hear the question, “What does Bernie want?” Wrong question. The right question is what the 12 million Americans who voted for a political revolution want.<p>And the answer is: They want real change in this country, they …

Sanders vows to continue political revolution, says defeating Trump is not enough — we must “transform America”

<b>Bernie Sanders (AP/Julie Jacobson)</b><p>In triumphant speech reflecting on huge successes of his grassroots campaign, Bernie says the struggle continues<p>Ben Norton<p>June 17, 2016 5:30pm (UTC)<p>Insurgent left-wing presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivered a triumphant speech Thursday night in which …

FBI 'revolt of Watergate proportions' if Hillary skates

NEW YORK – A former U.S. attorney says there is no doubt that, before the November election, the FBI will recommend to Attorney General Loretta Lynch …