It may sound like the setup to an old joke, but we have a plan – starting in Virginia this year – for electing the next generation of American leaders. Voters are fed up. The dominance of corporate special interests and partisan bickering have created a political crisis. In every party and region of the [...]

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NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The United States needs its own set of long-term goals for addressing such issues as climate change and hunger like those enacted by the United Nations, said a group on Monday as it launched a bid to elect candidates who back such an agenda. Read more on Reuters.

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Economist Jeffrey Sachs, former New York state senator Daniel Squadron, and Adam Pritzker of the wealthy Pritzker family will fund candidates — currently all Democrats running for state office — who commit to a range of policy targets for 2030. They start in Virginia with 10 House of Delegates candidates. Read more on BuzzFeed News. 

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Economist Jeffrey Sachs is joining with a scion of the wealthy Pritzker family and a former New York state legislator to fund candidates for local offices in the hope of reversing a conservative tide that has put Republicans in control of most US state governments. Read more in the Financial Times.

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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The world faces a ticking time bomb in the form of global warming, and recent disasters caused by extreme weather should motivate individuals to urgently seek “climate justice”, said leading U.S. economist Jeffrey Sachs. The U.N. special adviser urged citizens to “flood the courts” with legal cases demanding the right [...]

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In this episode, Jeffrey Sachs speaks with Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large of The Atlantic, about why the benefits of globalization aren’t being equally distributed, how the Republicans’ efforts to undo Obamacare are misguided, and why the US needs a “ministry of planning.” Listen to the podcast here.

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BARCELONA, Sept 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A global push to end poverty and hunger, and combat climate change by 2030 is at risk from American “militarism”, powerful business interests and the actions of President Donald Trump, said leading U.S. economist and U.N. special adviser Jeffrey Sachs.  Read more at Thomson Reuters Foundation News.

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From the September 28 edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe:

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The US is becoming a ‘rogue state’, economist Jeffrey Sachs has told a Guardian audience. “But let’s not assume that everything is catastrophic right now”. Sachs spoke at the Guardian’s annual UNGA seminar after seeing President Trump speak at the UN, and said he was “shaken” by what he had heard. “I could not believe [...]

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President Trump’s remarks to the UN general assembly last week made me shudder. And I think I speak for a lot of people who were in the room that morning. I’ve never heard of a US president standing at the assembly’s podium saying “If you threaten us, we will totally destroy your nation” which is what Trump [...]

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