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Bernie Sanders Visits U.S.-Mexican Border For Second Time



Press Release

Sanders Visits U.S.-Mexican Border
May 21, 2016


SAN DIEGO, Calif. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday toured Friendship Park, a meeting place for separated families between San Diego and Tijuana.

“All of this tells us why we need comprehensive immigration reform,” Sanders said after hearing the stories of families who can only see their loved ones on weekends. “I would hope that the Republicans in Congress understand that we have a very, very broken immigration system and that it must be reformed and that they should in fact work with Democrats to pass comprehensive immigration reform. If not and if I am elected president of the United States, I will use the executive powers that the president has to do that the best that I can.”

The visit was Sanders’ second to the border as a presidential candidate, following a March trip to Nogales, Arizona.

Sanders has previously called on the Obama administration to reassess its immigration enforcement initiative and extend Temporary Protected Status to families who have fled violence in Central America. He has introduced legislation that would eliminate quotas for the number of immigrants held in detention and ban private prisons, and cosponsored legislation to guarantee due process for border refugees. Recently, he joined a letter calling for transgender detainees to be protected from abuse, unreasonable strip searches, and sexual assault while in U.S. custody.

Sanders was joined by Christian Ramirez, director for the Southern Border Communities Coalition, and Maria Puga, widow of Anastasio Hernández Roja, who died of a heart attack after Border Patrol agents beat him and shot him repeatedly with a taser.



CBS State Poll Ohio and Florida May 22: Tight race between Trump and Clinton. Sanders doing better.


CBS Battleground Tracker Poll: Ohio and Florida show tight races
By Anthony Salvanto, Fred Backus, Sarah Dutton and Jennifer De Pinto
May 22, 2016


In Florida, a hypothetical matchup between Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump shows Clinton with a one-point edge among those with a preference, 43-42, and in Ohio, Clinton leads Trump by five at 44-39. A hypothetical matchup in Florida shows a tie between Democrat Bernie Sanders and Trump at 44 percent apiece, while in Ohio, Sanders enjoys a larger nine-point edge over Trump 48-39.








http://www.cbsnews.com/news/battleground-poll-ohio-and-florida-show-tight-races-donald-trump-hillary-clinton/

New ABC News/Washington Post Poll May 22: Trump beating Clinton Trump 46% Clinton 44%



Latest Polls

Sunday, May 22

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton ABC News/Wash Post Trump 46, Clinton 44 Trump +2

Jon Stewart on Hillary Clinton: "A bright woman without the courage of her convictions"

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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clash over Puerto Rico rescue bill

CNN
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clash over Puerto Rico rescue bill
by Heather Long
May 20, 2016


Hillary Clinton is on board with the bipartisan plan to rescue Puerto Rico from near economic collapse, but Senator Bernie Sanders issued a strong statement Friday evening against it.

Clinton isn't thrilled. She has "serious concerns" about parts of the plan, but she believes Congress should pass it and President Obama should sign it quickly.

"We must move forward with this legislation," Clinton said Friday. "Otherwise, without any means of addressing this crisis, too many Puerto Ricans will continue to suffer."

Sanders, who is challenging Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, said, "I am proud to stand in strong opposition to this bill." He suggested the rescue plan would benefit Wall Street "while workers, senior citizens and children are punished."

The compromise bill is known as the PROMESA, the Spanish word for "promise." It would create an oversight board to control the island's finances and come up with a plan to pay back the massive debt. The solution could include paying creditors less than 100% or delaying payments.

Clinton has concerns that the oversight board will exert too much control over the island. Puerto Rico's governor has compared the board to being ruled again by colonial overloads. He says it's "not consistent with basic American democratic principles."

But Clinton said if she is elected president, she will ensure the oversight board acts in the best interests of Puerto Ricans.

Sanders, who has campaigned in Puerto Rico, said, "We must never give an unelected control board the power to balance Puerto Rico's budget on the backs of children, senior citizens, the sick and the most vulnerable people in Puerto Rico while giving the people of Puerto Rico absolutely no say at all in the process."

"That may make sense to groups representing Wall Street, but it makes absolutely no sense to me," he said in a statement.

Read the full article at:
http://money.cnn.com/2016/05/20/news/economy/puerto-rico-hillary-clinton/index.html


Press Release

Sanders Sides with People of Puerto Rico
May 20, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday issued the following statement on a proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives to put Puerto Rico under control of a congressionally-appointed financial control board:

“We must never give an unelected control board the power to balance Puerto Rico’s budget on the backs of children, senior citizens, the sick and the most vulnerable people in Puerto Rico while giving the people of Puerto Rico absolutely no say at all in the process.

“We cannot allow Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan to determine the fate of Puerto Rico by handpicking a majority of the control board’s members, while the people of Puerto Rico would be in charge of choosing none. That may make sense to groups representing Wall Street, but it makes absolutely no sense to me.

“Among other efforts, what Congress should do is to act immediately to give Puerto Rico the same authority granted to every municipality in this country to restructure its debt under the supervision of a bankruptcy court.

“The billionaire hedge fund managers on Wall Street cannot get a 100 percent return on their bonds while workers, senior citizens and children are punished. Wall Street vulture capitalists must not be allowed to get it all.

“Today, I am proud to stand in strong opposition to this bill not only with the people of Puerto Rico, but the AFL-CIO, UAW, SEIU, AFSCME, UFCW and other unions that recognize just how bad this bill would be.

“We must stop treating Puerto Rico like a colony and start treating the American citizens of Puerto Rico with the respect and dignity that they deserve.”

Eugene Robinson: Bernie's "crowds are almost as big as Trump's and perhaps more enthusiastic." Huh?

Almost as big. ????!!!!!

Perhaps more enthusiastic !!!!????

What in the world made you reach those conclusions Eugene? Perhaps you've been paying too much uncritical attention to Trump's bombastic claims and propaganda blasts!












In Utah over 14,000 people turned out to hear Obama. Fewer than 1,000 showed up at a Trump rally. And Utah is one of the most conservative states in the nation!



Trump Rally Salt Lake City,Utah



Sanders Rally Salt Lake City,Utah

Bernie Sanders - Funnie Moments Captured On Video - Share This If You Love Bernie!

Why Bernie Sanders Is Our Best Chance to Beat Donald Trump



Why Bernie Sanders Is Our Best Chance to Beat Donald Trump
by Krystal Ball 
Former. MSNBC host and Democratic congressional candidate
May 20, 2016


As Hillary Clinton joylessly stumbles her way to the Democratic nomination, calls have increased for Bernie Sanders to either drop out of the race altogether or, at least, to stop fighting so darn hard. We’re told that Bernie should drop out for the good of the party. Bernie should drop out so that Hillary can make her general election “pivot” (which presumably means she can be free of the burden of pretending to be a liberal). Bernie should drop out so that Hillary can focus on Trump. According to this logic, Bernie and his band of loyalists need to get pragmatic, face the music, have a reality check. Hogwash. Doesn’t anyone see what I see? Bernie Sanders is our best chance to beat Donald Trump and to prove to the young voters backing him that the Democratic party actually stands for something.

Error in thinking #1: Sanders supporters care about the existing system.

Not all Sanders voters are young but many are, so let’s consider the world as it appears to a 24-year-old. Perhaps you are deeply in debt from a college degree that still left you with few job prospects. Perhaps you were told in many ways large and small that you are not clever or connected enough to make it into the vaunted ranks of the “creative class” so you are doomed to a life of poorly paid service sector hell in which you will never be able to properly afford a family, a house or a vacation. Perhaps you were one of the lucky few who are ascending that creative class, new economy ladder, but find it deeply disturbing that the kids you went to high school with have been so casually cast aside and relegated to a life of gut-clenching instability. And again, you’re 24-years-old so you’ve got a long time to live and struggle with this corrupt, fickle, Gilded Age, bubble prone system — unless, that is, you are one of the many who will suffer a shortened lifespan like so many others who don’t make it in this system. Now from this vantage point, how much might you care about Harry Reid or Debbie Wasserman Schultz or some other Democratic partisan pearl clutcher’s pleas for party unity? These young voters are expected to back down for the sake of a party they tell pollsters they don’t identify with, in the service of nominating a presidential candidate who promises to maintain a system that has conspired to screw them at every turn.

Error in thinking #2: Uniting around Clinton is the best shot to beat Trump.

According to the math, Sanders is a much better bet for November, which makes sense when you think about it. Consider, for example, that he has cleaned Clinton’s clock with independents. Come November, these independent voters will have their every mood and microclimate measured by a Democratic party desperate to win them over. For now, however, they either don’t enter the calculus, or they are used to grant greater legitimacy to Clinton voters who are the “real” Democrats. Here’s a reality check folks: Independents win elections. They like Bernie and they hate Hillary. That’s to say nothing of the fact that a majority of voters find Clinton untrustworthy, a reality I’m confident will not be helped by her general election “pivot” to yet another version of the real HRC. Will she pick Warren as her veep and double down on her newfound progressivism, or will she pick Tim Kaine and shift to the center to help assuage the fears of white men? The very fact that her team is so publicly mulling these choices reveals that they have no clue that their biggest problem isn’t making the proper electoral calculations, but rather that their entire campaign is based on electoral calculations.

We are told that these voters who like Bernie now would all come to their senses by the general election when they notice Sanders is a *cue scary music* SOCIALIST!!! A fact that could not have possibly escaped anyone’s notice since Hillary Democrats have made common cause with Republicans by hurling this supposed epithet at Sanders every chance they get. I guess they haven’t noticed that after watching our vaunted capitalistic system enter a free fall from which it could only be saved (we were told) by throwing a bunch of money at the bankers while somehow forgetting to help any of the individuals whose lives were destroyed, well, socialism doesn’t sound quite so scary anymore. In fact, millennials tell pollsters that it sounds quite a bit better to them than the system we call “capitalism” which is really just socialism for bankers, billionaires and multinationals.

Error in thinking #3: Winning is the only goal that matters.

Bill Clinton provided a master class in how to sacrifice your principles to the gods of electoral success. A tactic, by the way, that may have found some success at the presidential level, but which has led the Democratic party to historic, crushing defeats in most of the country. For reference, just examine the largest number of state legislatures in our nation’s history in Republican hands or the way inequality has soared unchecked as Democrats decided that winning national elections mattered more than fighting for the middle class or the working class or the poor.

Read the full article at:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/krystal-ball/why-bernie-sanders-is-our_b_10064830.html

MUST SEE VIDEO: In 1984 and 1988, Bernie Sanders Endorsed Jesse Jackson for President

His views have been consistently progressive over the past three decades. He hasn't caved in to the rich ruling class as so many other one-time progressives have.

Bernie Sanders Statement: Sanders Sides with People of Puerto Rico



Press Release

Sanders Sides with People of Puerto Rico
May 20, 2016

Bernie Sanders

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday issued the following statement on a proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives to put Puerto Rico under control of a congressionally-appointed financial control board:

“We must never give an unelected control board the power to balance Puerto Rico’s budget on the backs of children, senior citizens, the sick and the most vulnerable people in Puerto Rico while giving the people of Puerto Rico absolutely no say at all in the process.

“We cannot allow Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan to determine the fate of Puerto Rico by handpicking a majority of the control board’s members, while the people of Puerto Rico would be in charge of choosing none. That may make sense to groups representing Wall Street, but it makes absolutely no sense to me.

“Among other efforts, what Congress should do is to act immediately to give Puerto Rico the same authority granted to every municipality in this country to restructure its debt under the supervision of a bankruptcy court.

“The billionaire hedge fund managers on Wall Street cannot get a 100 percent return on their bonds while workers, senior citizens and children are punished. Wall Street vulture capitalists must not be allowed to get it all.

“Today, I am proud to stand in strong opposition to this bill not only with the people of Puerto Rico, but the AFL-CIO, UAW, SEIU, AFSCME, UFCW and other unions that recognize just how bad this bill would be.

“We must stop treating Puerto Rico like a colony and start treating the American citizens of Puerto Rico with the respect and dignity that they deserve.”

https://berniesanders.com/press-release/sanders-sides-people-puerto-rico/
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