Today's News

North Korea One day after a surprise nuclear test drew angry and widespread condemnation, North Korea defied the international community on Tuesday by test-firing two more short-range missiles, a South Korean government official said. Senator Bernie Sanders told WCAX the U.S. should try diplomacy before taking military action, but added, "They have to understand that there is going to be a price if they move forward militarily."

Afghanistan WCAX asked Sanders if he

Senator Sanders

North Korea One day after a surprise nuclear test drew angry and widespread condemnation, North Korea defied the international community on Tuesday by test-firing two more short-range missiles, a South Korean government official said. Senator Bernie Sanders told WCAX the U.S. should try diplomacy before taking military action, but added, "They have to understand that there is going to be a price if they move forward militarily." VIDEO

Afghanistan WCAX asked Sanders if he has a message for Vermont guard members as they prepare fo deployment to Afghanistan. "I think and I hope they know our hearts are with their families, that we hope the situation in Afghanistan improves. We will do our best working with the National Guard and VA to make sure when they come home all the services they are entitled to will be there and when they are gone we will be keeping a special eye on their families. VIDEO

Health Care "I'll do my best to bring comprehensive universal affordable health care to all our people," Sanders told WCAX. "There will be huge debate taking place when we get back. The debate will be between those of us who understand the current system is failing. It's outrageously expensive, it leaves many people uninsured and underinsured, and those of us who really want change and the drug companies, the medical equipment suppliers who, despite what they may say, like the status quo because they can make a lot of money out of what's going on. LINK

Green Jobs The president's housing secretary will announce today that some $4 billion from the $787 billion economic stimulus plan will be used to hire people to green up America's public housing. Another $500 million will be used to train workers for these jobs. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is the chairman of the newly formed Senate Green Jobs and New Economy subcommittee, WCAX reported. VIDEO

Memorial Day The community that bills itself the smallest city in the USA swelled with people and pride Monday for its annual parade billed as the largest Memorial Day event in Vermont. Following the parade, the American Legion Post held a Memorial Day ceremony in the Vergennes Park. The crowd applauded U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders when he told them Congress had voted to expand health care and college tuition benefits for veterans, WPTZ reported. LINK

Memorial Day Some local towns will get a chance to honor veterans in the future. Senator Bernie Sanders secured more than $200,000 in federal funds for memorials in Derby, Weathersfield, Concord and Bennington. The announcement was made at a gathering of Gold Star Families in Derby this weekend, WPTZ reported. The senator's veterans' liaison, Sam Haskins, spoke on behalf of the senator in Bennington on Monday, the Bennington Banner reported. VIDEO

International

North Korea Acutely aware that their response to the explosion would be seen as an early test of the new Obama administration, White House aides said they were determined to organize a significantly stronger response than the Bush administration had managed after the North's first nuclear test, in October 2006, according to The New York Times. LINK

National

Obama Chooses Sotomayor for Supreme Court President Obama has chosen Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the Federal Appeals Court as his nominee for the Supreme Court, officials said on Tuesday, and has scheduled an announcement for 10:15 a.m. at the White House. The president reached his decision over the long Memorial Day weekend, aides said, but it was not disclosed until Tuesday morning when he informed his advisers of his choice less than three hours before the announcement was scheduled to take place, The New York Times reported. LINK

Vermont

Wind Power The Burlington Free Press focuses on opposition to the first commercial wind energy project to be proposed in Chittenden County. If built, the Georgia Mountain project would have a capacity of up to 12 megawatts. LINK

Milk A collapse in milk prices has wiped away the profits of dairy farmers, driving many out of business while forcing others to slaughter their herds or dump milk on the ground in protest, The Associated Press reported. LINK