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For Bernie Sanders, the path to power began Halloween night in a public-housing laundry room

Marc Fisher talks about the only executive office Bernie Sanders has held: mayor of Burlington, Vt. Anna Fifield on her new book, “The Great Successor,” examining North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. And Shibani Mahtani explains the protests in Hong Kong.
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Mayor Sanders
At 39 years old, Bernie Sanders had lost two bids for governor of Vermont and two bids for U.S. Senate, and, according to Post senior editor Marc Fisher, Sanders “lacked even the beginnings of a career.”

Sanders would go on to become the mayor of Burlington, Vt., the only executive office he has held.

Fisher takes a deep dive into the origins of Sanders’s political career in Vermont and explains to host Martine Powers the evolution of the senator and presidential hopeful: “Yet even as he moved from an itinerant life among fellow radicals and intellectuals to a position of power working with real estate developers and bureaucrats, Sanders remained an outsider.”

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‘The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Kim Jong Un’
Beijing bureau chief Anna Fifield’s new book, “The Great Successor,” examines the life of the North Korean leader and reveals previously unreported details about Kim’s early years and his rise to power.

Fifield has traveled to North Korea many times over the years. She says that she “wanted to try to figure out how had Kim Jong Un managed to defy all the expectations.”

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Protests in Hong Kong
Tensions are rising in Hong Kong as a record number of people took to the streets this week in protest of an extradition bill. Proceedings for the bill have been delayed this week, but as reporter Shibani Mahtani explains, anti-Beijing protests are expected to continue.

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