A year ago, concerned that ordinary citizens would be locked out of the presidential nominating process, The Nation argued that a vigorously contested primary would be good for the candidates, for the Democratic Party, and for democracy. Two months later, Senator Bernie Sanders formally launched a campaign that has already transformed the politics of the 2016 presidential race. Galvanized by his demands for economic and social justice, hundreds of thousands of Americans have packed his rallies, and over 1 million small donors have helped his campaign shatter fund-raising records while breaking the stranglehold of corporate money. Sanders’s clarion call for fundamental reform—single-payer healthcare, tuition-free college, a $15-an-hour minimum wage, the breaking up of the big banks, ensuring that the rich pay their fair share of taxes—have inspired working people across the country. His bold response to the climate crisis has attracted legions of young voters, and his foreign policy, which emphasizes diplomacy over regime change, speaks powerfully to war-weary citizens. Most important, Sanders has used his insurgent campaign to tell Americans the truth about the challenges that confront us. He has summoned the people to a “political revolution,” arguing that the changes our country so desperately needs can only happen when we wrest our democracy from the corrupt grip of Wall Street bankers and billionaires.
Doubtful he will win the primaries, but he is there to help shape the debate.
Or at least try to, thanks to Trump sucking all of the media oxygen out of everything.
Winning tickets in three states share the $1.5 billion Powerball. The tickets were sold in California, Tennessee, and Florida.
Scammers and would-be murderers are going to have to spread themselves a little thin here.
The muddle class is more like it.
Obituary: Actor Alan Richman, 69, has died. He specialized in playing villains.
The cause of his death was cancer.
Another obituary: Rene Angelil, manager and much-older husband of singer Celine Dion, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 73.