Back on the Trail, Sanders Campaigns for a Legislative Legacy

By: Emily Cochrane; The New York Times With a khaki-clad leg propped up on a bench, hand on his hip, Senator Bernie Sanders was regaling the post-church Sunday brunch crowd outside a bar with enticing details about Democrats’ emerging $3.5 trillion budget bill. As Meatloaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” blared in the background, Mr. Sanders, an independent from Vermont,

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Sanders Holds Vermont Town Meetings on Budget Proposal

By: The Associated Press Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is holding five town meetings around the state over the long Labor Day weekend to talk about the $3.5 trillion federal budget proposal. “If passed, this bill will be the most consequential piece of legislation for working people, the elderly, the children, the sick, and the poor since FDR and the

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Five Decades Later, Medicare Might Cover Dental Care

By: Margot Sanger-Kats; The Washington Post Tens of millions of older Americans who cannot afford dental care — with severe consequences for their overall health, what they eat and even when they smile — may soon get help as Democrats maneuver to add dental benefits to Medicare for the first time in its history. The proposal, part of the large

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$3.5T or bust? Sanders goes all-out to protect Dems’ social spending plans

By: Burgess Everett; Politico “The truth is we need more,” the Vermont senator said in an interview, adding this is “the minimum of what we should be spending.”   Bernie Sanders is shifting into a new phase of his legacy-defining work on Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending plan: Protecting it from members of his own party and selling it to the

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Bernie Sanders’s Third Campaign

By: John Nichols; The Nation Bernie Sanders does not want to be mistaken for an optimist. “I’m a glass-half-empty kind of guy,” he grumbles, as he works his way through the stacks of budget documents that are strewn across the desk in his spartan office on the third floor of a 123-year-old red-brick building on the north end of downtown

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Bernie Sanders lost his fight to be president. But now he’s written a budget that could secure his legacy.

By: Mike DeBonis; The Washington Post He may have made a boldface impression on recent American politics, but after 30 years in Congress, Sen. Bernie Sanders has struggled with the criticism that his legislative impact has been written in fine print — an amendment here, a symbolic vote there and many, many speeches. But not, perhaps, for long: Sanders, just

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