September 23

Sanders in San Francisco  Sen. Bernie Sanders received a hero’s welcome from a group of California nurses as he urged support for his Medicare-for-All effort and denounced a Republican health care bill on Friday afternoon, Santa Cruz Sentinel, AlterNet, Live105, MSN, The Virginian Pilot, NBC Bay Area, The Independent, Mercury News, Sacramento Bee reported. In sharing his vision of universal health care and free higher education for all Americans, Sanders also  praised City College of San Francisco’s move to make tuition free for San Francisco residents as “a model for the United States of America,” San Francisco Examiner reported.

Sanders’ Interview with The Intercept Sanders sat down with Intercept reporter MehdiHassan before delivering his foreign policy speech in Missouri, saying,” I think what we have to do is take a hard look at where we are today in terms of foreign policy, and where we have been for many years. And I think the main point to be made is that no country, not the United States or any other country, can do it alone.  That if we’re going to address the very deep and complicated international issues that exist, we need to do it in cooperation,” The Intercept reported 

Sanders’ Foreign Policy Speech The United States must pursue a foreign policy based on partnerships and cooperation rather than one that relies on military power and political hegemony, Sanders said Thursday. Sanders, who became a political hero to millions during his 2016 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, used the Green Foundation Lecture at Westminster College to lay out a vision that ties economic and social conditions in the United States to its leadership position in the world, Columbia Tribune, The Washington Post reported.

Sanders Thanks McCain Sanders thanked Sen. John McCain on Friday for opposing the new GOP bill to repeal ObamaCare. McCain's vote was vital in the Republican effort to pass the bill. "Thank you, John. You have the conscience that I wish very much the rest of the Republican leadership had as well," Sanders tweeted on Friday, The Hill reported.

Poll: Majority Supports Single-Payer A slim majority of Americans support a single-payer health-care system that is funded and administered by the government and eliminates private insurers, according to a new poll. The latest Harvard-Harris Poll survey found 52 percent favor a single-payer system against 48 who oppose it. A strong majority of Democrats — 69 percent — back the idea. Republicans oppose single-payer, 65-35, and independents are split, with 51 percent opposing and 49 supporting, The Hill reported. 

Sen. Murphy: Dems Shouldn’t Focus on Single-Payer Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Friday downplayed suggestions that the Democratic Party was pivoting to single-payer health care, arguing that the party is more focused now on defending the Affordable Care Act.Murphy told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he expected Monday's CNN debate between Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) to be focused on ObamaCare and whether or not to repeal it, The Hill reported.

Sanders On Cutting Military Aid To Israel Sanders said in an interview published Friday that the United States should "play a much more even-handed role" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and that under certain circumstances, he would consider reducing the yearly $3.1 billion in military aid provided by the U.S. to Israel, part of a record $38 billion military aid package over the coming decade, Haaretz reported.

Morning Joe Trolls Sanders’ Medicare For All When Sanders introduced his Medicare for All legislation last week, he anticipated a massive right-wing reaction—on cue, he got it. But it is ostensibly liberal networks, like MSNBC, that have in recent days launched some of the most aggressive—and in the eyes of critics, absurd—attacks on both Sanders' bill and his decision to debate Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy  on their "brutal and deadly" Obamacare repeal legislation next week. "Morning Joe" hosts and panelists charged that Sanders is "stealing the spotlight" and giving Republicans "an absolute gift" by pitting Medicare for All against the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill, which has been described by analysts as the most extreme iteration of Trumpcare yet, Common Dreams reported.

CNN Debate Sanders wants Medicare for all. But for the next week, he must take his enthusiasm for the Affordable Care Act out of retirement. But on Monday, Sanders will be back defending the ACA — this time in a live CNN debate against South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, the architects of the latest version of a Republican health care bill, The Boston Globe, The Herald, New Republic, Democracy Now!, Salon,  reported.

CNN’s Gergen: Mistake To Have Sanders Debate CNN's David Gergen warned Democrats that “it's a strategic mistake” to have Sanders participate in a debate against Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) on Monday night before a national TV audience.  “If the Democrats make this a debate between single-payer and the Republican Graham/Cassidy bill, they will very likely lose that debate," said Gergen, a former adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, The Hill 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 Saturday, Oct. 7, at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, and on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Castleton University in Castleton, VTDigger reported. 

Column: Dems Can’t Decide On Sanders "Bernie likes to paint himself as the warrior of the many, but in truth, I think he's fighting for a constituency of one," a Democratic operative said in an email. "With McCain's vote still up in the air, and Sanders eagerly volunteering himself as precisely the foil Republicans need, I'm a bit worried Lindsey Graham might have a new (best friend for life) in the Senate,” Gregory Krieg wrote for CNN.

Column: Dems Need Hillary “Clinton was by far the most qualified candidate in the last presidential election. She had foreign policy credentials from her time as secretary of State. She had domestic policy credentials from her time in the U.S. Senate. She had a front row seat to one of the biggest economic booms in our nation’s history. She was the best choice,” Michael Starr Hopkins wrote for The Hill.

Column: Did Sanders Jump The Gun On Single-Payer? Did Sanders (and his 16 Democratic co-sponsors) jump the gun by introducing his single-payer health care bill before the end-of-September window had closed on Republicans' efforts to repeal Obamacare?” Eric Bradner wrote for CNN.

Column: Bernie vs. Washington Consensus “Yesterday, Bernie Sanders showed his commitment to a sharp break from the foreign policy platforms of both the Democratic and Republican establishments,” Branko Marcetic wrote for Jacobin.