Harold Kasimow, Des Moines Register: People sometimes ask me "Are there any prophetic voices today?" Two people come to mind: Pope Francis and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who represents Vermont in the U.S. Senate. But how do we define a prophet? What stands out for me about the classical prophets is their passion for social justice and their deep sensitivity to injustice. They are appalled by human greed and can never adjust to it. More than anything else, they are outraged by the "monstrosity of inequality." This is precisely the message of Sanders, as well as of Pope Francis, who are deeply committed to bring healing to the world, especially to the poor. read more
John Wagner, Washington Post: Upstart presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is about to make a direct pitch to the Democratic Party establishment: Consider me, not Hillary Clinton. Sanders huddled with advisers at his home here Wednesday to chart what he describes as the second phase of a campaign that has exceeded all expectations but still lacks the infrastructure and support from the party elites that could help him compete with Clinton on a national level. He said he will issue a slew of detailed policy proposals, including for a tax system under which corporations and the wealthy would pay significantly more for initiatives that would benefit the poor and middle class, and will pour resources into voter outreach in early nominating states. read more
Bernie Sanders is going viral again.
It's impossible to deny that the Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate has routinely broken the Internet, for better and for worse. At the very least, Sanders deserves credit for bringing attention to certain issues which are largely ignored by the Washington elite, such as income inequality and the cost of higher education.
But in a video clip making the rounds Wednesday of Sanders speaking to Congress in 1992, he highlights what is perhaps the biggest blind spot in American political discourse of our time: the military-industrial complex. read more
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In just over two months, Bernie Sanders has risen from a more-than-30-point underdog in the polls to leading Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. Sanders is leading Clinton 42 percent to 35 percent among Democratic primary voters in the state, according to a poll released Monday by Public Policy Polling. It's the second time in less than two weeks a poll showed Sanders ahead in the Granite State. Sanders lead Clinton among men, 44 percent to 30 percent, and among women, 41 percent to 38 percent -- but there's a 5.1 percent margin of error.