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As a sitting US Senator Bernie Sanders is not an “outsider” in the same sense as Donald Trump, but he’s an “Independent” running in the Democratic primary.

He is a Democratic Socialist, which is out of the current mainstream. But, just as Trump gets the headlines, Sanders is getting the crowds.

Populism on the Left and the Right is shaping debate in the early days of both contests for presidential nominations.

Establishment leaders in both parties are faced with the same question: will the fire still be blazing or burned out by the time voters go to the polls?

Plus, the Obama administration responds to the heroin overdose epidemic, and Amazon's founder strikes back at the New York Times.

Image: Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally; Credit: Benjamin Kerensa

The White House Opens a New Front on the Heroin Overdose Epidemic 6 MIN, 30 SEC

A steep increase in deaths from overdoses of heroin has increased pressure to find alternatives to the so-called War on Drugs. Today, the Obama Administration has announced an innovative initiative.

Marc Fisher is part of a team at the Washington Post spending a year studying the heroin epidemic.

Marc Fisher, Washington Post (@marcfisher)

Political Outsiders: How Long Will They Last? 34 MIN, 43 SEC

Republican Donald Trump says, “The beauty of me is that I am very rich.”

Democratic-Socialist Bernie Sanders rails against the power of the “billionaire class.”

They’re about as different as it’s possible for candidates to be… but they’re similar in one very important way: each is “separating himself from the political and economic system that many everyday Americans view as rigged against them.” That’s according to Philip Rucker, national political correspondent for the Washington Post.

Philip Rucker, Washington Post (@PhilipRucker)
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute / Atlantic (@NormOrnstein)
Steve Deace, Washington Times (@SteveDeaceShow)
EJ Juarez, Progressive Majority Washington (@EliseoJJuarez)

The Bruising Workplace Culture at Amazon 8 MIN, 49 SEC

The founder of one of America’s largest online retailers is taking exception to a lengthy report that called Amazon a “bruising workplace” for both executives and rank and file employees.

Saturday's New York Times described Amazon as a workplace where employees are so harshly treated they cry at their desks and where executives are regularly managed out rather than being allowed to recover from cancer, miscarriages or other personal crises. Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and chief executive, says he didn’t recognize the Amazon he knows—and that “tolerance for such lack of empathy needs to be zero.”

Brad Stone, Bloomberg BusinessWeek (@BradStone)

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