Did AOC take a shot at Biden during a Bernie Sanders event?

Did AOC take a shot at Biden during a Bernie Sanders event?

Is Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders turning to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to stem Joe Biden’s surge in the polls? Reaction and analysis from Jason Meister, Trump 2020 campaign advisory board member, and Jay Jacobs, New York state Democratic chairman. #Outnumbered #FoxNews

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Sanders and AOC Propose Limits on Consumer Debt

The Story:

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have jointly proposed a new federal law that would limit the interest rates that consumer lenders or credit card issuers may charge: setting a cap at 15%. This is in response to what both Sanders and AOC see as a crisis of consumer indebtedness.

Other Provisions

The bill would have considerable bite for the lending industry. At present the average rate on credit cards is above 17%.

Other provisions of the bill would allow the Federal Reserve to make exceptions to the cap, thus permitting borrowing above 15%, but only if necessary to keep institutions afloat, and even then only with the proviso that any such exception lapses after 18 months.

“This is a moral issue,” Sanders said. “Every major religion on earth has condemned usury.”

The Thing to Know: 

Sanders is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for President. AOC has become very prominent in some circles in that party since her June 2018 defeat of Joe Crowley, a member of the Democratic Party’s House leadership, in the primary for the seat she now holds. For Sanders to propose this bill in tandem with AOC will associate the two, and will perhaps increase Sanders’ credibility with AOC’s admirers.

Rep. Casten: There is a huge problem in this country with consumer debt

Rep. Casten: There is a huge problem in this country with consumer debt

Illinois Democrat Rep. Sean Casten weighs in on Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed plan to cap credit card interest rates.

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Past Gun Votes Could Be Political Liability For Bernie Sanders | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Past Gun Votes Could Be Political Liability For Bernie Sanders | Morning Joe | MSNBC

There could be a potential political liability for Bernie Sanders campaign this time around, and it involves times in his past when he backed the NRA’s agenda over his decadeslong congressional career. Reporter Heidi Przybyla discusses.
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Gutfeld: Bernie Sanders is working for the Republican Party

Gutfeld: Bernie Sanders is working for the Republican Party

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ push to allow prisoners to vote could push Americans to vote Republican.

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Steyn: Biden is unable to run as himself in current Dem climate

Steyn: Biden is unable to run as himself in current Dem climate

What is Joe Biden’s biggest liability in his 2020 campaign? Reaction and analysis from SteynOnline.com’s Mark Steyn.

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Gutfeld on Bernie Sanders letting felons vote from prison

Gutfeld on Bernie Sanders letting felons vote from prison

2020 Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris are open to convicts voting in prison; analysis and reaction from ‘The Five.’

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CNN hosts 5 Democratic town halls

Kamala Harris is up now. Here’s where she stands on key issues.

In announcing her run for president, California Sen. Kamala Harris said the time has come to fight against what she views as the injustices of the past two years of the Trump presidency.

The Democratic lawmaker has accused the President of stoking racist and xenophobic rhetoric, while aligning his administration with white supremacists at home, and cozying up to dictators abroad. Harris has argued that the middle class has been ignored.

Harris said she’s running for president to lift voices and “bring our voices together.”

As she takes the stage in New Hampshire, here’s where Harris stands on key issues:

  • On gun control: She made impassioned calls for banning assault weapons and universal background checks.
  • On Medicare for All: Harris is open to multiple paths to Medicare-for-all and also cosponsored Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ bill, which would phase out for-profit insurers.
  • On possibility of reparations for the descendants of slaves: Harris told a radio station recently that he idea of reparations should be considered in the face of economic inequality.
  • On an all-woman ticket: Harris has embraced the idea of choosing a female vice president to create an all-woman ticket in her quest for the White House.

You can watch her town hall live in the video player above.

Bernie Sanders calls Netanyahu’s government “racist”

Sen. Bernie Sanders called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government “racist” on Monday night, pointing to its treatment of Palestinians.

“I am 100% pro-Israel,” Sanders said. “They have every right in the world to exist and to exist in peace and security and not be subjected the terrorist attacks, but the United States needs to deal not just with Israel, but with the Palestinian people as well.”

Sanders has been a fierce critic of Netanyahu and American foreign policy in the region, which includes massive financial support for Israel.

“I just believe that the United States should deal with the Middle East on a level-playing-field basis,” Sanders said, referring to the stalled peace process. “In other words, the goal must be to try to bring people together and not just support one country, which is now run by a right wing, dare I say, racist government.”

“As a young man about your age, I spent a number of months in Israel,” he continued, discussing his time volunteering on a kibbutz in the 1960s. “I have family in Israel. I am not anti-Israel but the fact of the matter is that Netanyahu is a right wing politician who I think is treating the Palestinian people extremely unfairly.”

Sanders, who is Jewish, has repeatedly come to the defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar, who has questioned American politicians’ close relations with Israel and pro-Israel American lobbyists. Omar’s comments, which have included the use of anti-Semitic tropes, have set off fierce criticism from both Republicans and Democrats. Sanders last week denied that Omar was anti-Semitic herself, but also said that the freshman congresswoman, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, “has got to do maybe a better job in speaking to the Jewish community.”

Bernie Sanders says he worries focus on impeachment would benefit Trump

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders argued Monday that the best way to oust President Donald Trump was by defeating him at the ballot box in 2020, not impeaching him before then.

The answer was notably different to the one Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave just minutes earlier, when she delivered a lengthy answer in favor of impeaching the President.

“Here is my concern: At the end of the day, what is most important to me is to see that Donald Trump is not re-elected President and I intend to do everything I can to make sure that that doesn’t happen,” Sanders said.

He added: “But if for the next year all the Congress is talking about is ‘Trump, Trump, Trump,’ and ‘Mueller, Mueller, Mueller’ and we’re not talking about health care and raising the minimum wage to a living wage and we’re not talking about climate change and sexism and racism and homophobia and the issues that concern ordinary Americans, I worry that works to Trump’s advantage.”

While most voters at Democratic town halls don’t ask about impeachment, the issue has risen to national prominence following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and the fact that Warren and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro have backed impeachment proceedings.

“I think there has to be a thorough investigation,” he said. “The House Democrats will do it. I’d appreciate if my Republican colleagues in the Senate had the guts to do it as well, but I won’t hold my breath. I want to see that we’ll see where it goes but right now, you know, that’s it.”

Bernie Sanders: I’ve changed… on foreign policy

Bernie Sanders talks a lot on the campaign trail about the consistency of his positions over decades in political life.

But on Monday night, the Vermont senator conceded that past criticism of his foreign policy ideas — or the lack…

Democrats Seek Young Voters, and the Memes That Move Them

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Lucas Carrol, a freshman at Boston College, was sitting on his bed in his dorm room, bored on a Sunday, when he decided to create an unofficial “Pete Buttigieg for President” Facebook page. It was four days after the South Bend mayor announced his exploratory committee in late January.

“I wanted to prove I could build a successful digital outreach campaign and show the importance of social media grass roots in elections,” Mr. Carrol, 18, said.

The page now reaches as many as a million people a week, has collected 19,000 likes and has brought 1,000 donors to Mr. Buttigieg’s campaign through a customized fund-raising link.

Mr. Carrol’s effort isn’t a surprising one. Dating back at least to the sit-ins against segregation in Greensboro, N.C., in 1960 and subsequent activism by young people in the 1960s, youth-led movements have often helped define political moments.

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Reflecting the emphasis being put on young voters in the 2020 race, five Democratic presidential candidates are scheduled to answer questions from students and young voters in CNN town hall-style events Monday night beginning at 7 p.m. from Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire.

The Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016 and a focus on young voters in the 2018 midterm elections have put increasing emphasis on them as an important demographic, particularly for Democrats. Nearly 60 percent of people 18 to 24 say they’re Democrats, while just a third say they’re Republicans, according to an analysis of Pew Research Center data over the last year.

But it remains to be seen whether young voters will turn out on a large scale. Even with the youthful support for Mr. Sanders in 2016, a study by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement found that Mr. Sanders “did not inspire a surge in turnout from young Democrats.” Less than 20 percent of young voters turned out in primaries in Nevada, Iowa and New Hampshire, according to exit polling by Edison Research.

Still, Democrats see enormous potential.

“Young voters are listed as low-propensity voters,” said Louis Elrod, president of the Young Democrats of America, the youth arm of the Democratic Party. He explained that because many young people don’t donate to campaigns, or don’t have a voting record yet, campaigns usually don’t take the time to talk to them like they would other voters. “You hear this bias all the time that young people are apathetic. We’re not apathetic.”

In the last four years, young people have called for big structural economic and social changes by forming organizations such as March for Our Lives, United We Dream and the Sunrise Movement. The ferment is a reaction both to the Trump administration and to legislative decisions of older generations who won’t bear the full brunt of their decisions on issues like climate change and student debt.

“This election feels like a question of our generation…

US healthcare stocks battered by politics

US healthcare stocks battered by politics
Democratic presidential candidate, US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) participates in a FOX News Town Hall in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Photo: AFP

Investors came to a realization this week that political insiders have been quietly acknowledging for some time now. Not only might self-proclaimed democratic socialist Bernie Sanders win the 2020 Democratic primary, but he could also become the next US president.

Healthcare stocks plummeted this week amid coverage of a town hall event hosted by Fox News, during which Sanders’ shocked many observers by the degree to which he connected with the audience. Fox News caters to a conservative audience and the event was held in a city, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which Donald…