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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.
  • Trump: "We will have a Great Depression far bigger

'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,...

Biden Gets Frank About Status of Spending Bill

Manchin, Sanders clashed in closed-door meeting on 'social economy' bill

(Newser) - According to GovTrack 's 2020 report card, Sens. Joe Manchin and Bernie Sanders are 46 places apart on the politically right-to-left scale, with Manchin at 54 and Sanders at 100. Two senators tell Axios that the men were just as far apart during a heated closed-door meeting on the...

Sanders Tries to Hold Up Arms Sale to Israel

Senator wants a debate, at least, before the deal goes through

(Newser) - On the same day that a cease-fire was announced in the Middle East, Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a resolution to block a $735 million arms sale to Israel. "At a moment when US-made bombs are devastating Gaza, and killing women and children, we cannot simply let another huge arms...

Bernie Sanders' Minimum Wage Bid Is Rejected

Senator's workaround to add measure to relief bill falls short

(Newser) - Sen. Bernie Sanders tried again for a $15 federal minimum wage Friday but was undercut by a handful of Democrats. On a 58-42 vote—though the final count could change—the Senate rejected an attempt to slip the minimum wage increase into President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief...

Senator Has a 'Plan B' to Raise Minimum Wage

Large corporations could face new 5% tax if pay falls below threshold

(Newser) - With the door shut on raising the federal minimum wage through the COVID-19 relief bill , Democrats are looking for another route. Instead of mandating a $15 hourly wage, Sen. Ron Wyden suggests going at it another way: penalizing large corporations whose employees don't make a certain amount. The companies...

Ted Cruz Jokes About Cancun, Mocks Mask Rules, AOC

Texas senator speaks at CPAC

(Newser) - Lots of people made jokes about Ted Cruz's ill-advised trip to Cancun , and on Friday, Cruz joined them. “I gotta say, Orlando is awesome! It's not as nice as Cancun, but it's nice,” Cruz said at the opening of his speech before the Conservative Political...

Mitten Merch Brings in Big Bucks for Charity

Bernie Sanders capitalizes on quirky memes

(Newser) - About those wooly mittens that Sen. Bernie Sanders wore to the presidential inauguration, sparking endless quirky memes across social media? They've helped to raise $1.8 million in the last five days for charitable organizations in Sanders' home state of Vermont, the independent senator announced Wednesday. The sum comes...

Bernie's Mittens Meme Is Now Raising Money for Charity

Senator's campaign is using viral pic on sweatshirt, with proceeds going toward Vt.'s Meals on Wheels

(Newser) - The Bernie Sanders memes taking over the internet , showing him seated at President Biden's inauguration while wearing a pair of bulky artisan mittens, have now been appropriated by Sanders himself—for a good cause. Rolling Stone reports that the Vermont senator's campaign has snatched up the photo taken...

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