The Daily Populous

Sunday April 14th, 2019 morning edition

image for Bernie Sanders pushes back at critics of his new wealth: 'I didn't know it was a crime to write a good book'

Gary, Indiana (CNN) Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday rejected suggestions that his growing nest egg, mostly amassed from book sales following his 2016 campaign, undermines his political message.

"I didn't know that it was a crime to write a good book which turns out to be a bestseller," Sanders said at a community meeting in Gary, Indiana.

Since Sanders described himself as a millionaire earlier this week, he and his campaign have stressed that his policy platform, which is fiercely critical of "billionaires" and wealthy corporate interests, like private insurers and pharmaceutical companies, is unchanged.

His Medicare for All push has been colored by relentless attacks on those industries.

"My view has always been that we need a progressive tax system which demands that the wealthiest people in this country finally start paying their fair share of taxes.

If I make a lot of money, you make a lot of money, that is what I believe," Sanders added, defiant and plainly frustrated by the line of questioning.

Sanders made his 2014 tax returns public during his first presidential campaign, in 2016. »

Medicaid Could Save $2.6 Billion Within a Year if Just 1 Percent of Recipients Quit Smoking

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Medicaid Could Save $2.6 Billion Within a Year if Just 1 Percent of Recipients Quit Smoking.

Reducing smoking, and its associated health effects, among Medicaid recipients in each state by just 1 percent would result in $2.6 billion in total Medicaid savings the following year, according to new research by UC San Francisco.

“While 14 percent of all adults in the U.S. smoke cigarettes, 24.5 percent of adult Medicaid recipients smoke,” said Glantz. »

Three veterans in five days die by suicide at VA facilities

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Three veterans in five days die by suicide at VA facilities.

Suicide among veterans continues to be higher than the rest of the population, and younger veterans are particularly at risk.

The VA hasn’t identified the veterans who died by suicide in Georgia, nor described the circumstances of the deaths. »

All Welsh schools to get free sanitary products

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More than 141,000 girls in all Welsh primary and secondary schools will be given access to free sanitary products under Welsh Government plans.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The move is aimed at tackling "period poverty" - where women and girls cannot afford sanitary products.

Rhondda Cynon Taf last year announced it would offer free sanitary products to all school girls in the council area. »