Jasper Craven

Jasper Craven

Jasper Craven is VTDigger’s political reporter. A Vermont native, he first discovered his love for journalism at the Caledonian Record. He double-majored in print journalism and political science at Boston University, and worked in the Boston Globe’s Metro and Investigative units. While at the Globe he collaborated on Shadow Campus, a three-part investigative series focused on greed and mismanagement in Boston’s off-campus student housing market. The series was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. He also spent two years at MuckRock, a news sited dedicated to investigation and analysis of government documents. Craven covered Vermont’s U.S. Congressional delegation for the Times Argus in the summer of 2014, and worked as a Metro reporter for the Chicago Tribune before joining the staff of VTDigger.

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    Sanders challenges explanation for event cancellation

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    Sanders defended the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans seek to repeal, while arguing that single-payer would be even better. Neither he nor Cruz has ruled out a presidential run in 2020.

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    Sanders finds common ground with Veterans Affairs nominee

    They agreed about the high quality of VA care. But the Vermont senator demanded and received a commitment from Trump’s nominee on one key point: no privatization of the department.

    Leahy calls for ‘unsparing examination’ of Trump high court pick

    He described the Republicans’ unprecedented refusal to allow a hearing on President Obama’s nominee “shameful” and promised not to try the same tactic.

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    In answers to written follow-up questions, the president’s pick for attorney general promised to enforce key laws but equivocated when it came to legal questions regarding Trump.

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