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Bernie Sanders stands firm on Medicare expansion: ‘It’s not coming out’

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Manchin hits back at Sanders criticism in fight over Biden investment plan

Vermont senator chides Manchin over lack of support for bill Progressive-centrist impasse holds up Biden’s reform agenda Internal party warfare between progressive and moderate Democrats…

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Sanders blaming spending bill delay on corporate lobbying

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday said that efforts to finalize and vote on a roughly $3.5 trillion dollar Democratic spending bill is being delayed…

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Democrats likely to throw billions in tax hikes overboard as spending plans shrink

Democrats will likely drop hundreds of billions of dollars in proposed tax increases on the rich as they scramble to shrink the size of their…

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Voters in 36 states will elect a governor next year. Here’s a cheat sheet.

The country found out just how important governors are over the past 20 months. Next year, the vast majority of Americans will decide whether those…

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Sanders sees battle for America’s soul playing out in Congress

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday characterized the battle over the reconciliation spending bill as a test of American democracy. Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Sanders…

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House Democrats will consider $2.9T in tax hikes — mostly on the wealthy and corporations

House Democrats will consider as much as $2.9 trillion in tax hikes for the next 10 years — mostly on the extremely wealthy and corporate…

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McCarthy faces speakership test on infrastructure vote

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blessed President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure deal, but with the House majority on the line, Kevin McCarthy is facing a…

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Pelosi and Sanders brace for Democratic upheaval over Biden agenda

Bernie Sanders had an urgent plea at a meeting for Senate Democrats this week: We’re with you on this bipartisan bill, so you better be…

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Democrats embrace ‘cook-the-books’ tactic they bashed under Republican reign

When Republicans have used dynamic scoring in the past, Bernie Sanders called it a “gimmick” and a way to “cook the books.” Now Democrats are…

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Senate Dems consider Medicare age expansion, jeopardizing “soft” infrastructure deal

Senate Democrats are debating lowering the Medicare eligibility age as part of the $3.5-trillion “soft” infrastructure package, at the risk of jeopardizing centrist support for…

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Strange but true: Bernie takes a ‘very pragmatic’ turn

Bernie Sanders gave Washington whiplash this week — and it was all part of his plan. Barely 24 hours after the Vermont senator publicly rejected…

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Florida Dems to Biden: Don’t blow ‘golden opportunity’ on Cuba

MIAMI — Donald Trump and the GOP dominated Florida’s elections last November in part due to the former president’s hardline Latin America policy and rhetoric….

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‘The biggest bill in the history of the country’: Dems wrestle over control of the infrastructure throttle

Democrats are hurtling toward their most consequential stretch of legislating since the passage of Obamacare, with major decisions left unmade as they wrangle over the…

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Progressives distance from Bernie Sanders

Some progressives are distancing themselves from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — leader of their revolution. The big picture: Three factors are fueling the shift. Some…

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Schumer now backing Sanders plan to add dental, vision and hearing coverage to Medicare

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday threw his support behind a push, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), to add dental, vision and hearing coverage…

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Senate Democrats weigh $6T infrastructure bill, without GOP

Senate Democrats are weighing spending as much as $6 trillion on their own infrastructure package if the chamber’s bipartisan talks fail, according to two sources…

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Democrats plot when to pull plug on infrastructure negotiations

Senate Democrats are settling on an endgame for their bipartisan infrastructure negotiations: let them continue through the week after their Memorial Day recess, then forge…

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Sanders: Drug companies should give up rights to COVID-19 vaccines

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is calling on the World Trade Organization (WTO) to grant a patent waiver allowing countries to manufacture generic versions of Pfizer and…

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Republicans got personal with Obama. Why they won’t do the same to Biden.

ORLANDO — Republicans demonized former President Barack Obama for eight years on their way to reclaiming Congress and the White House. They’re not looking to…

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Sanders, Jayapal introduce bill to make college tuition-free for many Americans

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) introduced legislation on Wednesday to make college tuition free for many Americans, which would be paid for…

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‘There could be a food fight:’ How Biden’s infrastructure plan may fracture the nation’s colleges

Free community college, a big hit on the campaign trail, is a key piece of President Joe Biden’s plan to rebuild the economy, and projects…

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