Good morning everyone. I know that the events in Syria are important and need to be discussed and will certainly put links to all the information I run across in the comments and if someone wants to start a separate thread on the matter, please do!
To keep it from being buried under all the other news I want to lead with Bernie Rallying with Tom Perrioello:
Former Democratic Party presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders lent his star power Thursday night to ex-congressman Tom Perriello’s bid to become Virginia’s next governor, casting the state’s Democratic primary in June as part of a moral battle brewing against conservative policies championed by President Trump.
“Tom’s victory will be a signal all across this country that we will not be a nation that gives tax breaks to billionaires, that scapegoats minorities and cuts programs for working people and poor people and the sick,” the senator from Vermont told a crowd of several hundred, mostly college students, gathered inside George Mason University.
“Tom’s victory will show that America’s moral compass is pointing in a very different direction,” Sanders said.
Perriello’s populist approach in the primary race has helped his insurgent campaign gain ground on Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam — who was initially considered to have a clear path to the Democratic nomination as Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s chosen successor. One recent poll has the two Democrats locked in a tie.
At the rally, Sanders urged the cheering crowd to join the fight.
“You are going to have to roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and get into this fight,” he said, eliciting cheers and chants of “Bernie! Bernie!”