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Bernie Sanders Says He's Ready For Democrats To Stop Being Afraid Of 'big Ideas'
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Bernie Sanders Says He's Ready For Democrats To Stop Being Afraid Of 'big Ideas'

As far as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is concerned, there is no such thing as being too ambitious when it comes to dealing with climate change.

When talk turned to the Green New Deal, some of the more moderate Democratic presidential candidates, like former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, were critical of the plan, calling it unrealistic. Moderator Dana Bash then asked Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio what he thought of Sanders' idea to end new gas-powered car sales by 2040. He explained he wants to create a "chief manufacturing officer" who would work with government departments, the private sector, and investors to "dominate the electric vehicle market."

All this set off Sanders, who responded, "I get a little bit tired of Democrats afraid of big ideas. Republicans are not afraid of big ideas — they could give $1 trillion in tax breaks to billionaires and profitable corporations, they could bail out the crooks on Wall Street, so please don't tell me we cannot take on the fossil fuel industry. Nothing happens unless we do that." Sanders didn't stop there. "We've got to ask ourselves a simple question," he continued. "What do you do with an industry that knowingly, for billions of dollars in short-term profits, is destroying the planet? I say that is criminal activity that cannot be allowed."

"I didn't say we couldn't get there 'til 2040, Bernie," Ryan retorted, adding, "You don't have to yell. All I'm saying is we have to invent our way out of this thing, and if we're waiting 'til 2040 for a ban to come in on gasoline vehicles, we're screwed. So, we better get busy now." Sanders agreed that something has to be done, fast. "On this issue, there is no choice: We have got to be super aggressive if we love our children and if we want to leave them a planet that is healthy and is habitable," he said.

Authorities in Northern California say that for more than a decade, a woman in the San Francisco Bay Area pretended to be a pharmacist, and ultimately filled more than 745,000 prescriptions at various Walgreens.

The suspect, Kim Thien Le, was arrested and charged on Friday, authorities announced Tuesday. She does not have a pharmacist license, and in order to get hired, she provided license numbers of actual registered pharmacists, The Associated Press reports. She worked at Walgreens locations in Santa Clara and Alameda counties, and was active from late 2006 to 2017.

Prosecutors say that of the 745,000 prescriptions she allegedly dispensed, 100,000 were for highly addictive opioids like fentanyl.

When Carmen Roman heard a loud crash outside her house in Kissimmee, Florida, on Thursday, she never expected to discover that a man had swerved off the road and smashed his car into her bathroom wall.

After taking a closer look, Roman determined the driver was unresponsive, with no pulse. A nurse, her instincts kicked into high gear, and she started to perform chest compressions. "If I'm in the moment and I can do something, I will react," she told Fox 35 Orlando. About 30 compressions later, he was revived, and by the time paramedics arrived, the man was up and walking.

Roman is grateful no one was in the bathroom when the car came flying in, and that the driver survived. "It feels awesome" to have helped save his life, she said. "My kids are so proud, they're like, 'Mama's a hero!'"

After boosting defense spending in every budget since 2017, President Trump on Tuesday said he thinks he'll soon be able to cut back.

"We now have a very strong military," he said during an interview with C-SPAN. "A lot stronger after this last budget. And then at some point very soon I'll be able to cut back. But we had to rebuild our military."

The House passed a budget last week that allocates $738 billion for defense, and the Senate is expected to vote on it this week. It adds to the already high national debt, but to Trump, it's all worth it because "the military is very close to being totally rebuilt."

While watching round one of CNN's Democratic debate on Tuesday night, future participant Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) offered up a critique of the questions asked by moderators.

"Two+ hours in, and not a single question at tonight's #DemDebate about reproductive rights, paid leave, child care, or how we ensure women and families can succeed in America," she tweeted. "We need a president who will prioritize these issues — not treat them as an afterthought." During the debate, the candidates fielded questions on everything from Medicare for All to climate change to how old is too old for a presidential nominee.

Gillibrand will take the stage during round two on Wednesday night, joined by former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Andrew Yang, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).

It didn't seem easy to get a word in on the crowded Democratic debate stage. But in Detroit on Tuesday, the frontunners were able to shoulder their way through the melee, as speaking time mostly reflected the polls.

The center stage candidates, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), unsurprisingly got the most speaking time. Warren, who spoke for over 18 minutes total, edged out Sanders by 48 seconds, per The New York Times. Both of them were several minutes ahead of the next most talkative Democrat, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is also their closest contender in the polls out of Tuesday's participants.

After Buttigieg's 14-plus minutes, things got a bit jumbled among the seven remaining candidates, all of whom spoke for more than eight minutes, but less than 11. The new guy, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, wasn't expected to get much time to talk, but the Times calculated that he actually finished with the fourth highest total, beating out former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas).

Only former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper had less of an opportunity to get his points across than Marianne Williamson, but the author seemingly resonated with viewers, anyway. She appears to have won the Google search game, at least.

If you want to see Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) break out into a genuine grin, just tell her a millionaire is going to have to pay more in taxes.

During Tuesday night's CNN Democratic debate in Detroit, moderator Don Lemon posed a question to former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, regarding his fortune. "Your estimated net worth is more than $65 million," he said. "That would make you subject to Sen. Warren's proposed wealth tax on the assets of the richest 75,000 households or so in the United States. Do you think Sen. Warren's wealth tax is a fair way to fund child care and education?"

It is anyone's guess what he said in response, because all eyes were on Warren. Just the idea of Delaney forking over more money to the IRS caused Warren to rub her hands together in glee, as she likely mentally noted how many student loans could be wiped out with his contribution.

Elizabeth Taylor's wedding officiant and popular spiritual author Marianne Williamson became the unexpected star of the first round of Democratic debates last month following her promise to slay President Trump by harnessing the power of love. With references to "dark psychic forces" and "toxicities beneath the surface," she was no less #CrystalBallGoals on Tuesday night.

But Williamson had some terrestrial ideas too, including a call for reparations for slavery.

"If you did the math of the 40 acres and a mule [promise to formerly enslaved farmers] ... today it would be trillions of dollars," Williamson said. When it came to the question of reparations, she said "anything less than $100 billion is an insult, and I think that $200 to 500 billion is politically feasible today."

Williamson also corrected CNN moderator Don Lemon's language, noting that the reparations are not "financial assistance" but "payment of a debt that is owed."

"We need to recognize that when it comes to the economic gap between blacks and whites in America, it does come from a great injustice that has never been dealt with," Williamson said. Watch her full response below.