Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Bernie Sanders, Independent Senator, Formally Announces Presidential Run

Bernie Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, has made no secret of his intention to enter the presidential race.

On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, before a boisterous crowd on the shore of Lake Champlain, he made it official, outlining his unabashedly progressive agenda and his plan to enact bold solutions.

“Today, we begin a political revolution to transform our country economically, politically, socially, and environmentally,” Sanders said, reading from prepared remarks. “Today, we stand here and say loudly and clearly that ‘enough is enough.’ This great nation and its government belong to all of the people and not to a handful of billionaires, their SuperPACs, and their lobbyists.”

Sanders made clear that income inequality, unemployment, and restoring the middle class would be the core themes of his campaign, calling the wealth gap “the great political issue of our time.”

“The agenda begins with jobs, jobs, and more jobs,” he said.…

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56 Shot – 12 Fatally – Over Memorial Day Weekend In Chicago

By Peter Nickeas and Deanese Williams-Harris, Chicago Tribune (TNS)

CHICAGO — At least 56 people were shot in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend between Friday afternoon and early Tuesday morning, according to authorities.

Twelve people, including three shot Monday afternoon, died from their wounds. Twelve others shot between late Monday morning and early Tuesday morning survived their gunshot wounds, bringing the total of non-fatal gunshot victims for the weekend to 44.

Two of the 12 homicide victims were killed Friday night into Saturday morning; four were killed Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning; and three of the victims were killed Sunday night.…

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Rubio Says Support For Marriage Equality Presents A ‘Real And Present Danger’ To Christians

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), Marco Rubio, GOP presidential candidate and senator from Florida, spoke to the ways in which his Catholic faith has informed his stance on social issues, including marriage equality.

It’s been a reliable tactic for opponents of same-sex marriage to reframe discrimination against LGBT couples as a matter of Christians’ right to freely practice their religion, as if withholding wedding cakes were a core tenet of their faith. And Rubio was no different, casting conservative Christians as the persecuted party:

We are at the water’s edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech.



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