September 22

Sanders’ Foreign Policy Speech  Sen. Bernie Sanders was invited to give a big foreign policy speech at Westminster College, a distinguished venue where former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1946 gave his famous “Iron Curtain” speech. But Sanders didn’t use this opportunity to speak about an existential enemy. Instead, he used it to advocate a progressive foreign policy, one that called on America to focus on the well-being of individuals around the world, Vox, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, The Hill, The Hill, Kansas City Star, WCAX-TV, The Associated Press, The Nation, Newsweek, NPR, Axios, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Independent, Columbia Missourian and Springfield News Leader reported. 

Sanders to Debate Graham-Cassidy on CNN CNN will hold a town hall Monday night featuring Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, backers of a last-ditch overhaul of Obamacare, debating Sanders and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Washington Examiner, Minnesota Star Tribune, The Washington Post and CNN reported.

Sanders Calls for New Approach to Saudi Arabia and Iran Speaking to The Intercept, Sanders called for a “rethink, in terms of American foreign policy … vis-a-vis Iran and Saudi Arabia.” The senator suggested the United States should consider a pivot toward long-standing adversary Iran and away from traditional ally Saudi Arabia, The Intercept reported.

Most Americans Support Single-Payer  Single-payer health care is surging with a majority of American voters — and Democrats are loving it the most, a new poll showed Wednesday. A POLITICO/Morning Consult survey said 49% of general voters support a proposal for a single-payer system, while 35% oppose it and 17% hold no opinion. But with Democrats, two-thirds support a single-payer system, which was championed during the 2016 campaign by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Only 18% of Democrats oppose it, NY Daily News reported.

GOP Support for Sanders’ College Plan Grows Sanders’ plan to make tuition free at all public colleges and universities is becoming a mainstream position in the Democratic Party. But the plan has appeal far beyond the Democratic faithful. A Morning Consult poll conducted in mid-September finds that a plurality of self-identified Republicans now agree with a “proposal to make four-year public colleges and universities tuition-free,” as the question is worded, The Intercept reported.

Sanders Calls On Trump to Stop Offshoring Sanders, Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) urged President Donald Trump to stop rewarding companies that ship jobs abroad and to take action to end offshoring. In a letter, the senators called on the president to issue an executive order terminating government contracts for companies that offshore American jobs, VTDigger reported. 

Sanders: Join Me for College Fair Sanders is inviting Vermont high school students and their families to join him at two "College Fairs" on Oct. 7 at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, and on Oct. 14 at Castleton University in Castleton, Bennington Banner and Caledonian Record reported. 

Sanders To Stump In Atlanta Former state Sen. Vincent Fort said at a campaign event Thursday that Sanders of Vermont will be in Atlanta to campaign for Fort later this month, reported.

California Single-Payer The push for single-payer, in which the government pays for residents’ medical care, has already rattled California’s political landscape. Now, the Sanders measure brings an additional jolt, elevating the issue to a national debate that has implications for the future direction of the Democratic Party and early jockeying in the 2020 presidential race, Los Angeles Times reported.

Media Silent On $700B Pentagon Handout Where did all the concern over deficits go? After two years of the media lamenting, worrying and feigning outrage over the cost of Sanders’ two big-budget items—free college and single-payer healthcare—the same outlets are uniformly silent, days after the largest military budget increase in history, FAIR reported.

Political Necessity Driving GOP Health Care Bill Republicans have juxtaposed the Graham-Cassidy bill with last week's unveiling by Sanders of a measure embodying a liberal dream of government-run health insurance, a dramatic reshaping of the country's health care system. Graham says the contrast — "socialism versus federalism" — has helped him fire up conservatives. The Associated Press reported.

Divided Dems Debate Future Elizabeth Warren is clearly thinking of running for President in 2020. If she does, a crowd will be waiting to cheer her on: a year ago, under pressure from supporters of insurgent Sanders, the Democrats adopted the most progressive platform in their history, which called for free college for families earning $125,000 or less and Medicare options for Americans as young as 55. This march to the left has become a sprint since Clinton's defeat, TIME reported.

Duckworth Doesn’t Support Medicare For All Sanders’ attempt to unify progressives around single-payer healthcare has met resistance from colleague Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., who says now is not the time for Sanders' “Medicare for all” system. Duckworth, a decorated military veteran who lost both legs during the Iraq War, has shot down any optimism about implementing a single-payer healthcare system in the near future. She also issued a thinly veiled suggestion that Sanders should focus on “real work" to fix the U.S. healthcare system, FOX News reported.

Column: Clinton-Sanders Feud Overblown ”Democrats are actually quite united on both Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Just last month, the WSJ/NBC News poll found Clinton to be less popular than Trump, causing a massive wave of negative headlines. But thanks to my friends at Public Opinion Strategies for running the numbers just among Democrats, we learned she is just about as popular with the base, at 62 percent positive and 17 percent negative, as Sanders, at 70 percent positive and 7 percent negative. Other recent polling from HuffPost/YouGov shows a majority of Democrats are favorable toward both Clinton and Sanders, with the “Clinton wings” and “Sanders wings” each numbering in the teens”, Margie Omero wrote for The Hill.

Column: Sanders’ Foreign Policy Speech Lacks Details ”[Sanders] offered a moving portrait of the world as it should be. What he didn’t offer, though, was any sort of new or innovative or even particularly concrete ideas for how to achieve this grand utopian vision. Of course, big political speeches like this often present the world as it should be and don’t get bogged down in the details — but especially when it comes to foreign policy, these details really do matter”, Jennifer Williams wrote for Vox.

Column: Sanders Speech Makes Bad Foreign Policy “In a major foreign policy speech delivered from the same Westminster College campus where Winston Churchill gave his famous “Iron Curtain” speech more than 70 years ago, Sanders trotted out just about every shibboleth of the tired old Socialist left, with surprisingly little inventiveness or variation,” Kenneth R. Timmerman wrote for The Hill.

Column: Sanders’ Finest Speech “The most meaningful foreign-policy address delivered by a prominent American political figure in this moment of global turmoil and possibility was not, as should be quite clear by now, Donald Trump’s “Rocket Man” rant at the United Nations. Rather, it was the speech that Senator Bernie Sanders gave Thursday at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri,” John Nichols wrote for The Nation.