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Health: Insurance Dispute in Vermont Comes Down to the Wire

The Story: In late March, thousands of people in Vermont suddenly learned that they were in danger of losing their access to health care, as...

Health: THC Limits for State-Legal Marijuana?

The Story: In Colorado and Washington, which were each among the pioneering states in the legalization of marijuana at the state level, both as a...

Majority Of Americans Voice Support For Bernie Sanders After Learning He’s A Millionaire

WASHINGTON—Saying they are now convinced the candidate is overwhelmingly qualified to lead the country, a majority of Americans have shifted their support to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the 2020 presidential race since learning he is a millionaire, a Pew Research Center poll found Wednesday. “I have my reservations about his policies, but if the guy’s a millionaire, he must know what he’s doing,” said Cleveland-area voter Glenn Mannix, 48, echoing the sentiments of 68% of the voting populace, who were reportedly impressed upon discovering the royalties Sanders has earned on sales of his books has pushed his net worth to seven figures. “Anyone who’s smart enough to make a million dollars has got to have some pretty great ideas about how to move our country in the right direction. You don’t get to be that rich and successful without having a really good head on your shoulders. The man has my vote!” According to the poll, the remaining 32% of voters agree with all of Sanders’ policies, but said they cannot bring themselves to cast their ballot for someone who owns three homes.

Bernie Sanders fast facts: 5 things to know about the Vermont senator

Weeks later, in a Fox News poll, Democratic primary voters once again voted him as their second choice — with Biden at 31 percent and Sanders at 23 percent. He's the longest-serving Independent member of Congress in U.S. history Sanders has served as Vermont's senator since 2007. His political career kickstarted in 1981 when he was elected mayor of Burlington by just 10 votes. "In 1981, I won my first election to become Mayor of Burlington by 10 votes. He was mayor for roughly eight years before stepping down to gain a seat in the House in 1991. He didn't make a decent living off his writing either. He was first to propose "Medicare for All" The "Medicare for All" bill was first introduced in 2016 by Sanders, who said it would be another step toward achieving universal health care. "Medicare for All" is a single-payer health insurance plan that would require all U.S. residents to be covered with no copays and deductibles for medical services. The phrase "for all" doesn't mean the plan would instantly give every American insurance. You can read more about the plan here.

Increasingly Cocky Bernie Sanders Announces He Won’t Take Donations Over 27 Cents

DAVENPORT, IA—Asserting he could fund his campaign just fine no matter how small the contributions were, increasingly cocky presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday he would no longer be accepting any donations in excess of 27 cents. “Maybe some of my opponents are comfortable courting big donors who will give them 15, even 20 bucks, but as long as I’m in this race, anyone who hands me a dollar bill will immediately be handed 73 cents in change,” said the Vermont senator, who during a rally at a municipal auditorium expressed complete confidence that he could fund his organization all the way through the 2020 general election with nothing but the loose change in his supporters’ pockets. “Right now, if you have a quarter and a nickel in the ashtray of your car out in the parking lot, give that to me, and I’ll give you three pennies back. That’s all I need to put the people back in charge of this country. But if you have any big glass jars full of change, save those for the Coinstar machine, because the presidency of the United States should never be for sale.” An hour after finishing his speech, Sanders was spotted hanging around in the lobby and helping people break tens and twenties so they could use a nearby soda machine.
Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare-for-all' plan may have a $1 trillion problem

Senator Sanders: "Time to Move that Revolution Forward"

Senator Bernie Sanders re-enters the Presidential fray, this time as a front-runner, with his now-familiar revolutionary message.
Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare-for-all' plan may have a $1 trillion problem

Senator Sanders: “Time to Move that Revolution Forward”

Senator Bernie Sanders re-enters the Presidential fray, this time as a front-runner, with his now-familiar revolutionary message.

Raasch: Where politics and baseball are merging, anew

In a Washington Post-ABC News poll of 447 “Democrat-leaning adults” who were asked to volunteer whom they’d support in a presidential primary, the Republican President Trump tied for third with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, behind only former Vice President Joe Biden (9) and California Sen. Kamala Harris (8). The sample was so small it produced a margin of error of plus or minus 5.5 percentage points, which means Trump’s support could be virtually nil, or close to 10 percent. While a vast majority of Americans are not paying much attention to the horse race, the permanent political class has all but written off 2019. Two Super Bowl champions and a World Series winner will be crowned, and all four seasons of nature will pass before the first 2020 campaign votes are cast. Yet horse race coverage of the permanent campaign has never been more prolific. Fueled by online speculators and data crunchers, and a political consultancy and punditry class that has settled nicely into the lifestyles of 1 percenters, it has tried to make snapshots in time — that is all polls are — into a predictive science. They’re easy-to-gather, quantifiable statistics in a world of complex problems. After the permanent predicting class was so surprised and sullied by Trump’s emotion-driven 2016 presidential victory, promises were made about learning the lesson and doing it differently next time. Pundits were going to dig deeper into what motivated or inspired or discouraged people, who best was addressing their problems, and depend less on snapshot polls that told only who was ahead in the latest popularity contest. The government this fiscal year will run a nearly $900 billion deficit in good economic times; the health care system runs on bum legs; most scientists say climate change is here; and a much-promised national infrastructure policy debate is being pushed aside by angry arguments over how a coffee billionaire like Howard Schultz could summon the temerity to challenge the two-party system and run for president.
Man gives town 7-foot middle finger, and they can’t remove it

Man gives town 7-foot middle finger, and they can’t remove it

A man in Westford, Vermont, pokes his town with a 7-foot upraised middle finger. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports that it has become a selfie magnet. #CNN #News
Opioid Overdose Victim's Obituary Captures The Nation's Attention | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

Opioid Overdose Victim’s Obituary Captures The Nation’s Attention | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

The online tribute to a young woman who lost her battle with opioid addiction has captured attention nationwide. The Vermont police chief who penned a response pushing for an end to this epidemic joins Stephanie Ruhle to discuss his call…