Daily Clips: January 14th, 2016

The Nation endorses Bernie Sanders for President: What a week Bernie Sanders is having! MoveOn.org endorsed him, numerous polls show him in the lead in both Iowa and New Hampshire, and now The Nation announces that he is their candidate for 2016.

Here are some highlights from Bernie’s latest endorsement:

We believe such a revolution is not only possible but necessary—and that’s why we’re endorsing Bernie Sanders for president. This magazine rarely makes endorsements in the Democratic primary (we’ve done so only twice: for Jesse Jackson in 1988, and for Barack Obama in 2008). We do so now impelled by the awareness that our rigged system works for the few and not for the many. Americans are waking up to this reality, and they are demanding change. This understanding animates both the Republican and Democratic primaries, though it has taken those two contests in fundamentally different directions.

And also

Voters can trust Sanders because he doesn’t owe his political career to the financial overlords of the status quo. Freed from these chains of special interest, he can take the bold measures that the country needs. Sanders alone proposes to break up the too-big-to-fail banks; to invest in public education, from universal pre-K to tuition-free public college; to break the power of the insurance and pharmaceutical cartels with Medicare for All reforms.

The importance of Obama’s ultimatum on guns: By warning Democrats that he would not campaign for anyone who opposed commonsense gun regulation, Barack Obama drew a line in the sand. And unlike with Syria, this appears to be a line he will not allow anyone to cross. That could have far reaching consequences, says Russell Berman:

The change in dynamic is a reflection both of the broader leftward shift of the Democratic Party under Obama and the progress that he and other gun-control advocates have made in pushing back against the NRA following the wave of mass shootings in recent years. “The reality is different than it was 10 years ago,” said Holly Shulman, a former spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee who has worked for several gun-rights supporters over the years. “I don’t think you’re going to see a lot of candidates campaigning this cycle against the president on gun control, especially when gun violence has affected so many communities across the country. It’s not limited to a certain state, or a certain politics.”

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