Bernie Sanders: Big Pharma a health hazard

Bernie Sanders: Big Pharma a health hazard
By Bay Area News Corp

(Aug. 15, 2016 1:38 p.m.) — The pharmaceutical industry has become a major health hazard to the American people.

Our nation pays — by far — the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. As a result, nearly one in five Americans cannot afford to fill their prescriptions. That is unacceptable. A lifesaving product does no good if patients cannot afford it.

A new report from Americans for Tax Fairness explains how a pharmaceutical company, Gilead Sciences, games the system to charge high prices and then shifts the profits offshore to avoid billions in U.S. taxes.

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Bernie Sanders buys a lake home, igniting Twitter snark

Bernie Sanders buys a lake home, igniting Twitter snark
By Dan D’Ambrosio, Free Press

(August 14, 2016 23:00 p.m. ) — BURLINGTON, Vt. — Earlier this month, real estate agent Franz Rosenberger closed a deal with Bernie and Jane Sanders for a $575,000 lakeside home in North Hero — a second home where the Sanders family could gather with children and grandchildren for weekends on the water, the Realtor said.

“It has a nice gradual pebble beach that’s protected, which was important for them, for their grandkids,” he said. “It has big views of the lake and the Green Mountains. They really wanted to be looking at Vermont.”

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Bernie Sanders Slams Decision Not To Reclassify Marijuana

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By Daniel Marans, HuffingtonPost.com

(August 11, 2016 12:16 p.m.) — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) threw some shade at the Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday.

The DEA announced it would end the federal government’s monopoly on marijuana cultivation, but to the disappointment of many drug reform proponents, the agency declined to reclassify pot from its list of “most dangerous” narcotics.

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Bernie bucks keep pouring in for Wasserman Schultz rival Canova

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By Patricia Mazzei, MiamiHerald.com

(August 10, 2016 4:10 p.m.) — What is Bernie Sanders’ endorsement worth?

For Florida congressional candidate Tim Canova, the answer so far is more than half-a-million bucks.

Sanders’ campaign told the Miami Herald on Wednesday that it has helped raise more than $637,000 since May 22, when the Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential candidate began asking supporters to chip in for Canova.

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Green Party Candidate Jill Stein Is Sounding a Lot Like Bernie Sanders

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By Michal Addady, Fortune.com

(August 10, 2016 11:39 a.m.) — Bernie Sanders’ campaign may have ended, but his platform seems to live on in Jill Stein.

The Green Party candidate outlined what she would want to accomplish as president in an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box saying, “As the only candidate that is not poisoned by corporate money, lobbyists, or Super PACs, I can actually stand up for what it is that we need.”

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Say Anything: Sanders and the Lesser Evil Mantra

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By Stan Malinowitz, CounterPunch.org

(August 9, 2016 1:41 p.m.) — I don’t really feel betrayed by Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton. He said he would support the Democratic nominee, whoever it turned out to be, at the start of his campaign. That opened the doors to the Democratic debates and to the amount of media coverage he got.

Even if the media clearly under-covered his campaign and over-covered Clinton`s, he got more visibility and his campaign came farther than if he had run as an independent or if he had not made the pact with the party.

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Robert Reich – Foreign Cash Is Hijacking American Democracy

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By Robert Reich, Alternet.org

(August 8, 2016 4:00 p.m.) — The biggest threats to American sovereignty are invisible digital dollars wired into U.S. election campaigns from abroad.

“Without a border, we just don’t have a country,” Donald Trump says repeatedly. For him, the biggest threats to American sovereignty are three-dimensional items that cross our borders, such as unwanted imports and undocumented immigrants.

He’s wrong. The biggest threats to American sovereignty are invisible digital dollars wired into U.S. election campaigns from abroad.

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Counting the votes – How electors pick the president

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By Meg Kinnard

(August 7, 2016 05:00 p.m. ) — COLUMBIA, S.C. — It’s an institution as old as the nation itself, but the Electoral College remains an enigma to many Americans. The Founding Fathers, apprehensive about the unchecked power of the popular vote, added the extra step to the process of choosing a president.

A look at the ins and outs of the Electoral College and how its role could be even more scrutinized this year.

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Rationale for Voting for the Lesser Evil Presidential Candidate

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By John Halle, Noam Chomsky

(August 6, 2016 ) — Critics of “lesser evil voting” should consider that their footing on the high ground may not be as secure as they often take for granted.

Among the elements of the weak form of democracy enshrined in the constitution, presidential elections continue to pose a dilemma for the left in that any form of participation or non participation appears to impose a significant cost on our capacity to develop a serious opposition to the corporate agenda served by establishment politicians.

The position outlined below is that which many regard as the most effective response to this quadrennial Hobson’s choice, namely the so-called “lesser evil” voting strategy or LEV. Simply put, LEV involves, where you can, i.e. in safe states, voting for the losing third party candidate you prefer, or not voting at all. In competitive “swing” states, where you must, one votes for the “lesser evil” Democrat.

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Israeli Company That Helped Build Gaza’s Wall Is Less Sure About Donald Trump’s

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By Zaid Jilani, TheIntercept.com

(August 5, 2016 11:39 a.m.) — AN ISRAEL-BASED SECURITY company that provided intrusion detection technology for the barrier between Israel and the Gaza Strip has offered to help Donald Trump secure the U.S. border — but suggests that building an actual wall along every section of the border is not the way to go.

Sa’ar Koursh, the CEO of Magal Security Systems, told Bloomberg News that he would be happy to help Trump. “We would join forces with a major U.S. defense company that has experience with such projects worldwide,” he said. “We’ve done it in the past and we would definitely want to do it.”

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