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New Legislation Would Cancel Americans' Medical Debt

Consumers owe billions, with many of them expressing no hope of every paying it off

(Newser) - Studies have shown that millions of Americans owe a combined $220 billion in medical debt, with 1 in 5 adults saying they don't expect to ever be able to pay off the bills. A group of congressional Democrats on Wednesday proposed knocking the amount down to zero. "People...

Senate's Second-Oldest Is Running for Re-Election
Bernie Sanders
Is Running Again

Bernie Sanders Is Running Again

82-year-old Vermont independent will seek a 4th Senate term he's all but guaranteed to win

(Newser) - At the ripe old age of 82, Bernie Sanders is definitely not trying to retire. As the Hill reports, the Independent senator from Vermont is seeking a fourth term this year, and he's likely to get it, having won his three previous terms handily. A victory would keep Sanders...

Arrest Made in Fire at Bernie Sanders' Office

Video shows someone starting blaze in Vermont building

(Newser) - A man was charged Sunday with setting a fire outside the Vermont office of US Sen. Bernie Sanders, federal prosecutors said. Shant Soghomonian, 35, who was previously of Northridge, California, entered the building on Friday and went to Sanders' third-floor office, where security video showed him spraying a liquid on...

Bernie Sanders: 4-Day Work Week Bill Is 'Not Radical'

Though Republicans apparently disagree

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders on Wednesday introduced a bill that would eventually move the United States to a four-day work week without reducing pay or benefits. The Thirty-Two Hour Workweek Act would, over a period of four years, move the threshold at which overtime must be paid from 40 hours to 32...

Sanders: Our Contractors Guilty of War Profiteering

Vermont senator slams excess defense spending, suggests revival of Truman Committee

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders has long been a strong advocate for health care for all and affordable child care and housing, among other progressive platforms. But "America's national priorities are badly misplaced," the independent Vermont senator writes in an op-ed for the Atlantic , with too much money in Sanders'...

GOP Senator on Teamsters Boss: 'In Oklahoma, You Don't Do This'

Markwayne Mullin says he was showing 'Oklahoma values' in trying to fight Sean O'Brien at hearing

(Newser) - A fight between the Teamsters union chief and a Republican senator almost got physical Tuesday and had to be refereed by Bernie Sanders at a Senate meeting on labor unions that "went off the rails," per the Daily Beast . After the verbal back-and-forth had ended, that GOP senator,...

Congresswoman Takes Flak Over 6-Word Phrase on Israel
6-Word Phrase on Israel
Stokes Controversy
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6-Word Phrase on Israel Stokes Controversy

Rep. Rashida Tlaib invokes 'from the river to the sea,' which some see as an anti-Israeli rallying cry

(Newser) - The lone Palestinian-American in Congress is defending her use of a six-word phrase—"from the river to the sea"—that has become a political flashpoint in the US over the Israel-Hamas war. "From the river to the sea is an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and...

Vermont Could Be Staring Down a Decade-Long Recovery

Flooding 'devastation is far reaching' in the state

(Newser) - Vermont residents got their first good look at the devastation caused by what's purported to be the worst flooding in the state in nearly a century on Wednesday as Mother Nature offered a brief break in rain. Venturing outside of drenched homes, in some cases for the first time...

Bernie Sanders Launches Investigation Into Amazon

Senator is probing working conditions at the e-commerce giant

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday that the Senate committee he chairs has launched a probe into working conditions at Amazon's warehouses. The senator said the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, or HELP, will be looking into why Amazon is "one of the most dangerous places" to work...

Sanders Won't Challenge Biden for Nomination

He says he'll do all he can to support president's reelection effort

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders isn't going to try to beat President Biden's record as the oldest president in US history. The 81-year-old independent senator from Vermont said Tuesday that he won't seek the Democratic nomination a third time and he will do everything he can to support Biden's...

Democrats Push Ex-Boss About Starbucks Union Fight

Howard Schultz denies firing organizers but says conversations could have been misinterpreted

(Newser) - "Over the past 18 months, Starbucks has waged the most aggressive and illegal union-busting campaign in the modern history of our country," Sen. Bernie Sanders told a committee witness on Wednesday. That's how the National Labor Relations Board sees it, lodging more unfair labor practice charges against...

Bank Collapse Quickly Becomes Political

GOP contenders weigh in as Biden praises his administration's response

(Newser) - The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and another large bank has quickly become a political issue, with 2024 GOP contenders, or presumed contenders, weighing in and casting blame. CNBC rounds some up, including an all-caps slam from former President Trump.
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'You Shut Your Mouth,' Senator Tells Teamsters Boss

There was an angry clash during Senate hearing on unions

(Newser) - The head of the Teamsters union had a fiery exchange with Sen. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., at a Senate hearing Thursday, with Mullin telling Sean O'Brien to "shut your mouth" as they clashed over unions. O'Brien was a witness at the Senate Health, Labor, Education, and Pensions Committee...

Trump Gets Behind Haley's Call
Trump Gets Behind Haley's Call

Trump Gets Behind Haley's Call

Former president says that anyone running for the Oval Office should have to pass mental fitness test

(Newser) - The Nikki Haley-Donald Trump dynamic remains an enigma: Days after the former UN ambassador announced her presidential bid in competition with her former boss, while specifically calling out politicians older than 75 as needing a mental competency test (Trump is 76, and President Biden is 80), Trump seemingly got on...

Haley's Call for 'Competency Tests' Roils Bernie Sanders

'Absurd,' senator says of Haley's suggestion that politicians over 75 have their abilities assessed

(Newser) - CNN host Don Lemon has come under fire for a comment he recently made about Nikki Haley being past her "prime"—a remark made after the former South Carolina governor and current GOP presidential candidate noted she thought there should be mental "competency tests" for politicians over...

Biden's Age Reemerges as an Issue
Biden's Age
as an Issue

Biden's Age Reemerges as an Issue

White House balks amid concerns about 'geriatric leadership'

(Newser) - The White House is brushing off concerns that the 79-year-old president's age could affect his reelection bid as "fallacious" and not worth listening to. Asked Monday whether President Biden could handle another presidential campaign, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told CNN , "That is not a question that we...

Bernie Sanders Says He'll Back a Former Rival

Senator says he won't issue a primary challenge to POTUS

(Newser) - Increasingly, there have been reports of Democrats being concerned about President Biden running for re-election in 2024. But one person Biden won't have to worry about is Bernie Sanders. The senator from Vermont told CNN that while it's "a little too early" to be talking about such...

Sanders Allies Push Ro Khanna to Be Ready

California lawmaker says he's more interested in the 2028 presidential race

(Newser) - President Biden has said he expects to run for reelection, but much of the nation doesn't think he will. Certain Democratic governors and members of Congress aren't so sure, either, so they're starting to talk, out of earshot, about the 2024 presidential primaries, Politico reports. One possible...

Manchin Says He Won't Vote for Build Back Better

'I just can't,' West Virginia Democrat says, possibly dooming the legislation

(Newser) - There's no point in Democrats making changes to President Biden's Build Back Better legislation in hopes of winning Sen. Joe Manchin's support. The West Virginia Democrat announced Sunday that he won't vote for the bill, the Hill reports. "I cannot vote to continue with this...

Musk Posts Eyebrow-Raising Response to Sanders Tweet

Tesla CEO did not like Vermont senator's directive on taxation

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders has long been known for posting online about taxing the super-rich, but a tweet over the weekend irked one of those wealth holders in particular. "We must demand that the extremely wealthy pay their fair share. Period," the Vermont senator posted on Saturday. The next morning,...

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