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Sanders fights to prevent program cuts

WASHINGTON — When President Obama cut a deal with congressional Republicans in December 2010 to extend tax cuts for the wealthy, Senator Bernard Sanders, the brusque Vermont independent who calls himself a socialist, decided it was time for a protest.

He had a cup of coffee and a bowl of oatmeal in a Senate cafeteria, marched into the chamber and began talking. He talked for so long — railing for 8 hours 37 minutes about economic justice, the decline of the middle class and ‘‘reckless, uncontrollable’’ corporate greed — that his legs cramped. So many people watched online that the Senate video server crashed.

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