Across the country, cities, states and towns are saying, people can't survive on $7.25 an hour, which is a starvation wage. They're taking matters into their own hands to raise the minimum wage to a livable wage of $15 an hour. Congratulations to the city of Baltimore, where the city council passed a bill to do so. I hope that Mayor Pugh will sign the bill. Now our job is to fight for a $15...
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The Fight for 15 just scored its first victory of the year

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What a shock—among the wealthiest Americans who would benefit from tax cuts in the Republican "health care plan" is President Trump himself.
After careful consideration of Judge Gorsuch’s record, I will not vote to confirm him to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Americans deserve a Supreme Court justice who respects the rights of workers to be treated fairly instead of bowing to big business. We cannot stand by while the court dismantles the Voting Rights Act and lets cowards in statehouses erect roadblocks to voting....
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Even the right-wing Wall Street Journal agrees: President Trump’s continuous lies are eroding public trust, at home and around the world. Here’s what The Wall Street Journal wrote this week:

“If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the...
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A President’s Credibility

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Remember, Trump said he was going to provide health care for all people. Well, guess what? He lied. And the American people are catching on.
Remember when Donald Trump promised “‘insurance for everybody”? More and more Americans are catching on to the fact that Donald Trump was lying. The American people increasingly understand that the Republicans’ so-called “health care plan” is nothing more than a $300 billion tax break for the wealthiest people while throwing 24 million people off their health insurance—including many who are...
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Grieving father: 'I don't play Trump songs anymore'

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On Monday, we learned a number of new things from FBI Director James Comey’s and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers’ testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. We learned that the FBI is currently investigating possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government to affect the outcome of the 2016 election. We learned that this investigation...
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AP Exclusive: Before Trump job, Manafort worked to aid Putin

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During his campaign for President, Mr. Trump said he was going to represent working families. He was going to "drain the swamp." Remember that? Well, it turns out his administration is filled with executive after executive from Goldman Sachs and now he wants Goldman Sachs' go-to lawyer Jay Clayton to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission. We need a SEC Chair who will stand up to Wall...
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Paul Ryan said that Republicans made “improvements” to their so-called health care bill. Well, if you’re in the top 2 percent or you are the CEO of a big pharmaceutical company, yes, the Republicans did make major improvements for you. Under these “improvements” the top 2 percent will receive an additional $31 billion in tax breaks on top of the $275 billion already included in the Republican...
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Remember. The Republicans' plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is not really a health care plan. It is a tax plan which provides $275 billion in tax breaks to the very wealthy while throwing 24 million people off of health care. Paul Ryan said it himself this morning. He said: "We are repealing Obamacare and replacing it with good Republican tax policy." Tax policy! Not health care policy. At...
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If this country stands for anything, we have to stand with those people who came home from war injured in body and soul. Veterans in Vermont and all over this country deserve to have good doctors, nurses and the primary care that they need. Over the last several years, Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) have played an important role in allowing veterans to have facilities in their own...
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The current minimum wage is not a living wage. It’s a starvation wage. The good news is that cities and states are taking matters into their own hands to raise the minimum wage to a living wage. And studies show that enacting minimum wage increases are the best way to raise pay. According to the Economic Policy Institute, states that raised their minimum wages had much faster wage growth than...
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Pay grew faster for low-wage workers in states that raised their minimum wage in 2016

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Ever wonder why Washington seems to put what's best for Wall Street banks over what's best for the American people? Here's your answer. In just one campaign cycle, Wall Street banks and financial interests spend $2 billion on campaign contributions and lobbying—which works out to more than $2.7 million a day! We'll never be able to fix a rigged economic system as long as we allow Wall Street,...
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President Trump thinks he’s a tough guy because he’s taking on farm workers who make nine or ten bucks an hour; he’s a tough guy because he can throw moms and dads out of this country. Well, I say to Mr. Trump, ‘If you’re such a tough guy, why don’t you take on the insurance companies and the drug companies and Wall Street?’ Stop picking on the poor. Stop picking on the undocumented. Border...
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Congratulations to Paul Ryan and President Trump on a true accomplishment. They managed to come up with a replacement plan for Obamacare that is worse than no replacement at all. Under their plan, 24 million more Americans will be uninsured, compared to the 23 million Americans who would lose insurance if Obamacare were repealed without a replacement. Their bill is a grotesque and ugly plan...
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Fewer Americans Would Be Insured With G.O.P. Plan Than With Simple Repeal

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Once again, Trump proves he doesn’t give a damn about working people. In December, he told workers in Indiana that “companies are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences. It’s not going to happen." Well, it’s happening. 1,500 people in Indiana are losing their jobs to Mexico where companies can pay a fraction of the wages they pay here. And what are the "consequences"...
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Job Cuts Endure at Indiana Factories Despite Trump Pressure

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Let me give a shout out to my home town of Burlington, Vermont — one of the most progressive communities in the country. Since 1989 Burlington Electric, a municipally owned electric company, has invested $28.8 million in energy efficiency (leveraging an additional $30.4 million in private investment). The result: electric consumption in Burlington is about 4% lower today than in 1989, despite...
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The cost of prescription drugs in this country is an outrage and it is a disgrace. People should be able to purchase medicine from Canada and other countries at a fraction of the cost they have to pay for it in the United States.
Norway is now the happiest country on earth followed by Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden, according to the United Nations. Meanwhile, the United States has moved down to 14th on the list. Why are the people in Norway so much happier than the U.S.? It’s not that complicated.

While hundreds of thousands of bright, young Americans...
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Norway unseats Denmark as world's happiest country: report

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Young people in Vermont and all over this country are beginning to get involved in the political process. This is exactly what we need. Run for city council or state legislature, attend town meetings. Get involved in every and any way that you can.