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Sanders considers run for White House
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., drew a large crowd to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College on Saturday.
During the event, Sanders said the middle class is disappearing, poverty is up and had strong words about health care in the United States.
“There is something profoundly wrong when, in this great nation, we are the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care coverage as a right of citizenship,” he said.
Sanders said he is considering a bid for president in 2016. He said he hasn’t decided if he would run as an independent or a Democrat. He said he doesn’t shy away from a platform built on a socialist agenda.
“To create a society in which all people have a fair shot rather than just a nation that is dominated by big money interests is something that I will fight for,” he said.
Sanders said his decision on a run for the White House will not be affected by Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy decision.
Senator’s son to make decision within two weeks
Ted Kennedy Jr. says he’s considering a run for the state Senate in Connecticut.
The son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts released a statement Monday saying he will decide within two weeks whether to seek this year’s Democratic nomination for the 12th Senatorial District seat being vacated by retiring Guilford Democrat Edward Meyer.
The New Haven Register reports that Kennedy said he’s been encouraged by friends and civic leaders to run for the 12th District seat, which represents Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison and North Branford. The 52-year-old health care lawyer lives in Branford.
Kennedy thanked the 79-year-old Meyer for his service and said he is taking the political opportunity seriously.
There are no declared candidates yet in the 12th Senate District race.
As Senators warned Monday night of the dangers of climate change, staffers prepared images from photojournalist and Daily Climate contributor Gary Braasch to bring the issue to life.
The all-nighter on the Senate floor was mostly theatrics, but the backdrop was real enough.
As 28 Democrats prepared to discuss climate change and the need for stronger congressional action on the issue Monday, Senate staffers asked Portland-based photographer Gary Braasch for images showing climate change underway.
Braasch, a Daily Climate contributor who has been compiling images for his World View of Global Warming project since 1999, offered up 15 shots of glaciers retreating, seas rising and other impacts.
Three of them are pictured here. Others can be found on the project’s website.
Democrats have no plans to bring a climate bill to a vote this year, leading Republicans and the Capitol press to dismiss the all-night talkathon as little more than theatrics.
But the discussion is similar to the strategy used in recent months by Republican lawmakers to call attention to issues dear to conservatives: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., used a filibuster to call attention to the Obama administration’s drone policy, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, led a 21-hour marathon on Obamacare and spending before the government shutdown last fall.
Braasch’s World View of Global Warming sprang from a 1999 photo assignment to Antarctica. Its mission, Braasch says, is to “tell the story of rapid climate change – and the actions it makes necessary – with scientifically accurate and compelling photographs.”
The project’s images cover the map – from Bangladesh to Tuvalu to Colstrip, Mont. They also cover a broad spectrum of science: Solar power, carbon dioxide sensing, green roofs and beyond.
Braasch’s work has been on display at museums and public events in Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; New York; London and more than 100 other cities. Photographs were on display most recently at the Boston Museum of Science from June 2013 to January 2014.
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Images © Gary Braasch and World View of Global Warming. Used with permission.
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