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October 15, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is expected to endorse Bernie Sanders (I) for president at the Vermont senator's rally in Long Island City, Queens, on Saturday, The Washington Post reports. Sanders' team has teased that a "special guest" would be joining him at the event. CNN Politics reporter Greg Krieg adds that Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) — who along with Ocasio-Cortez are part of an influential progressive group of freshman congresswomen known as "the Squad" — are also expected to endorse the 78-year-old senator.

Ocasio-Cortez is a rising star in the Democratic Party, and one of the most prominent voices in the country's young progressive movement. Her decision to endorse Sanders over fellow progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) comes at a pivotal moment, as Sanders has slumped in recent polls. Ocasio-Cortez's vote of confidence also importantly comes during an event celebrating Sanders' return to the campaign trail after he was sidelined by a heart attack earlier this month.

Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders have often seen eye-to-eye, both identifying as Democratic Socialists and sharing stances on issues like the Green New Deal, taxing the wealthy, and Medicare-for-All. Jeva Lange

June 11, 2017

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) relived the glory of his presidential bid Saturday evening in a speech at the progressive People's Summit conference in Chicago.

Sanders' talk targeted President Trump for "telling the people of this country that he was going to stand up for the working class, that he was going to stand up to the political establishment and then, once he got elected and without a second's hesitation he brings more billionaires into his administration than any president in history."

Of his own "political revolution," Sanders said, losing the election did not mean losing "the battle of ideas." Watch an excerpt of the speech below. Bonnie Kristian

July 26, 2016

Well, it was a good run. Self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders tossed his hat into the ring for the presidency as a Democrat, but he now says he will resume being an Independent when he heads back to the Senate:

"He was never really a party guy," Greg Guma, the author of The People's Republic: Vermont and the Sanders Revolution, told The Daily Beast earlier this year. "His career was to be a voice and a candidate." Jeva Lange

June 19, 2016

Hillary Clinton has declared herself the winner of the Democratic primacy race, but Bernie Sanders has yet to give up — and neither have some of his supporters.

At a People's Summit conference in Chicago Saturday, several dozen Sanders supporters trained for "direct action" at the Democratic National Convention, practicing disruptive tactics like chanting, marching, and avoiding police interference. One idea the protesters are considering but may not ultimately use is a "blockade," which means physically blocking busy intersections in the convention's host city of Philadelphia.

"They're going to arrest people, period, end of story," said would-be protester Cassidy Turner. "So we just want to prepare ourselves. We're not going to be violent, we don't really have a reason to get arrested but it's going to happen." Bonnie Kristian

April 16, 2016

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders released his 2014 tax return Friday, one day after promising to do so in the Brooklyn debate. Sanders and his wife, Jane, reported an adjusted gross income of about $205,000.

Earlier in April, Sanders told Jake Tapper he hadn't released the full return because Jane does their taxes and they've been "a little bit busy lately."

The couple donated $8,350 to charity, which CBS News reports is about half the percentage of income that opponent Hillary Clinton and her husband, Bill, did. Julie Kliegman

April 11, 2016

Bernie Sanders' tens of thousands of volunteers have already made 47 million phone calls on their presidential candidate's behalf. That's on track to pass President Obama's 2012 campaign total, Politico reports.

Sanders isn't hurting for paid staffers, either — he has 865 to Hillary Clinton's 765 — but Politico suggests he's harnessing his vast network of volunteers in a way no candidate has before, as Sanders campaigners are charged with identifying likely voters and making sure people show up to campaign events.

"We've been able to engage people in voter contact no matter where they are in the world," said Claire Sandberg, Bernie Sanders' digital organizing director. Julie Kliegman

April 5, 2016

What do actress Susan Sarandon, academic Cornel West, documentarian Michael Moore, musician Ani DiFranco, country singer Willie Nelson, and ice cream maker Ben Cohen (the Ben of Ben & Jerry's) have in common? In the 2000 election, they endorsed Green Party candidate Ralph Nader. In 2016, they're all backing Bernie Sanders.

But the shared celebrity endorsements aren't the only similarities between Nader 2000 and Sanders 2016. Though Sanders is currently running as a Democrat, both candidates are best known for working outside the two-party system. They agree on key issues, like opposing the 2003 invasion of Iraq and supporting universal health care. And Sanders and Nader have both been cast as left-wing spoilers for the Democratic Party's presumed nominee — in 2000, Al Gore, and in 2016, Hillary Clinton.

Intriguingly, Sanders himself enthusiastically backed Nader in 2000, but turned against him in 2004. "[O]ur main task right now is to defeat Bush," Sanders said at the time to explain his decision, "and I think Nader’s effort could have some impact in dividing up that vote and that’s a negative thing." Bonnie Kristian

March 21, 2016

Actress Lena Dunham said Sunday she has received more backlash for her outspoken support of Hillary Clinton from fellow Democrats than from Republicans.

"I have received more hostility for voting for a qualified female candidate than I have ever received anywhere from the American right wing," she said at a Clinton fundraiser. "The fact that other members of the Democratic Party have spoken to me like I was an ill-informed child for voting for someone who represents everything I think this country should be is outrageous."

Speaking at the same event, actress America Ferrera argued that "there is this narrative about young women not inspired by Hillary Clinton and that is just not the case." Exit polls from early primary states, however, suggest that narrative might be true. In New Hampshire and Iowa, Sanders won more than 8 in 10 youth votes, while a national Wall Street Journal/NBC/Marist College poll in February found Democratic women younger than 45 prefer Sanders by nearly a 30-point margin. More broadly, fully a third of Sanders supporters have said they will not back Clinton in the general election. Bonnie Kristian

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