Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):
Who are the Koch Brothers?: The billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch are using the fortune that they inherited to fund campaigns by candidates who believe in tax breaks for the wealthiest people and major cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and education, Sen. Bernie Sanders said in an interview Thursday on MSNBC. “They are, the Koch brothers, helping to lead the war against working families in this country.”
What Do They Want?: Sen. Sanders “keen and brilliant insights” into the Koch brothers' extremist agenda were laid out in an op-ed by the senator for The Huffington Post, according to a Daily Kos blog. The Kochs’ objective “is to move this country from a democratic society with a strong middle class to an oligarchic form of society in which the economic and political life of the nation are controlled by a handful of billionaire families,” Sanders wrote in the column that also was posted at MichaelMoore.com, Green Mountain Daily, Op-Ed News and Daily Kos.
U.S. and Russia Agree on Pact to Defuse Ukraine Crisis: The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union reached an agreement on Thursday evening that calls for armed pro-Russian bands to give up the government buildings they have seized in eastern Ukraine and outlines other steps to de-escalate the crisis, The New York Times reported. The agreement does not specifically require Russia to remove the approximately 40,000 troops it has on Ukraine’s border, nor does it commit Russia to holding direct talks with the interim Ukrainian government.
Obama: 8 Million Covered: President Barack Obama announced Thursday that eight million people have signed up for private health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, and about 35 percent of those who signed up are under the age of 35, The Washington Post reported.
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