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Hillary Clinton: Being a Capitalist Probably Hurt Me in Primary Because Many Democrats Are Socialists

Hillary Clinton claimed Wednesday that declaring herself to be a capitalist during the 2016 presidential primaries may have hurt her with Democratic voters. Probably, she said when asked by Time Inc. Brands CCO Alan Murray if the declaration hurt her. The pair appeared in conversation as part of the Shared Value Leadership Summit in New York City. Its hard to know but I mean if youre in the Iowa caucuses and 41 percent of Democrats are socialists or self-described socialists, and Im asked Are you a capitalist? and I say,…

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Flake: Someone in GOP Will Challenge Trump in Primary, If Not Me

President Donald Trump is likely to face a challenge from an independent candidate, and possibly a fellow Republican, if he runs for a second term, as voters thirst for a more centrist alternative, said Senator Jeff Flake. “If the president is running for re-election, if he continues on the path that he’s on, that’s gonna leave a huge swath of voters looking for something else,” said the Arizona Republican, who plans to leave the Senate at the end of 2018. Flake, who’s emerged as one of the president’s most vocal…

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Bernie Sanders unveils universal healthcare bill: ‘We will win this struggle’

Senators Medicare for All bill, which is gaining steam among Democrats, would cover 323 million Americans under single system Battle lines have been drawn as Bernie Sanders launches his latest attempt to establish a healthcare system that covers all 323 million Americans. Standing in opposition to Sanders plan are what he calls the most powerful and greedy forces in American society: the pharmaceutical industry, insurance companies, Wall Street and the Republican party. The opposition to this will be extraordinary, Sanders said in an interview in his Capitol Hill office, prior…

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$35,000 a plate: Donald Trump starts fundraising for 2020 re-election

Reporters barred from hearing presidents remarks at fundraiser held in Trumps Washington hotel President Donald Trump was whisked a few blocks from the White House to his hotel on Wednesday night for his first re-election fundraiser. But reporters were barred from hearing his remarks. Security was tight at the Trump International Hotel, where guests in long gowns and sharp suits started arriving around five. The presidents motorcade was greeted by protesters outside hoisting signs with slogans such as Health care not tax cuts and chanting Shame! Shame! First-time candidate Donald…

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Bernie Sanders lambasts ‘absolute failure’ of Democratic party’s strategy

Vermont senator hails the successes of the progressive agenda but says establishment Democrats are standing in the way of further gains Bernie Sanders has criticised the Democratic partys current direction as an absolute failure in a speech at the Peoples Summit in Chicago. Speaking to a crowd of 4,000 activists, Sanders hailed the enormous progress in advancing the progressive agenda, saying the increasing Peoples Summit, a gathering of some of the most influential progressive activists and organizations in the country. There had been an urgency to the event on Friday…

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Bernie Sanders: Trump was right, Australian healthcare is better

Sanders also says Senate should use Australian system as model while crafting an alternative to Republicans replacement for Obamacare Bernie Sanders has declared President Donald Trump was right the virtues of Australias universal healthcare system, saying it guarantees better service to all Australians at about half the cost of US healthcare. The video also notes that Australians can expect to live longer than Americans on average. Sanderss tweet came two days after Trump told the Australian prime minister, Malcolm Trumbull in New York: You have better healthcare than we do.…

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Bernie Sanders, Tom Perez plan multi-state Democratic unity tour

Washington (CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders will join new Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez this month on a multi-state tour aimed at mending a party fractured by 2016’s primary battle, people familiar with the plans tell CNN. The tour will begin April 17 and last roughly one week. The exact locations are still being nailed down, but the tour is expected to begin in Maine and is also likely to include stops in Florida, Arizona, Kentucky, Nevada, Nebraska and Utah. Sanders’ support carries major weight for Perez: the Vermont senator publicly…

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