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Congress Saves Coal Miner Pensions, but What About Others?

The $1.4 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last week quietly achieves what a parade of select committees and coordinating councils could not: rescue a dying pension fund that is the lifeblood of nearly 100,000 retired coal miners.

For the first time in 45 years of federal pension law, taxpayer dollars will be used to bail out a fund for workers in the private sector. And now that there’s a precedent, it might not be the last.

“We could be the blueprint,” said Chuck Pettit, who mined coal for 42 years. “But we’ve got to do it right.”

The coal miners belong to one of about 1,400 pension plans that cover a large group of workers in a single industry or trade. These so-called multiemployer plans cover more than 10 million workers in unions including the Teamsters, the American Federation of Musicians, the Screen Actors Guild and, in Mr. Pettit’s case, the United Mine Workers of America. Even President Trump has a multiemployer pension, worth about $70,000 a year, earned in his reality-TV days.

But nearly three-quarters of the people with this type of pension are in plans that have less than half the money they need to pay promised benefits, according to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, the federal agency that insures pension plans. Chronic underfunding, lax government oversight and serial bankruptcies have left them in dire straits. And the guaranty corporation’s program backing up these plans — which operated under the assumption that they were inherently strong — would be wiped out by the failure of just one of the major pension pools.

Unbalanced Sheet

One coal company after another has gone bankrupt and stopped paying into the miners’ pension plan, but the retirees are still there. Its assets are dwindling, but the liabilities have stayed about the same.

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By Karl Russell

“It’s a disaster waiting to happen,” said James P. Naughton, an associate professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and an actuary whose clients have included multiemployer pension plans.

The solution approved by Congress uses the Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation Fund, which is partly supported by a per-ton fee that all coal companies pay. In 1992, Congress allowed the fund to help pay for retired miners’ health care, and the new legislation — the Bipartisan American Miners Act — uses the fund as a vehicle to support the pensions, too. The bill, among other changes, allows the Treasury to send as much as $750 million a year into the fund as it covers the unfunded pension obligations.

How Taxpayers Will Now Help Pay Miners’ Pensions

When the mine workers’ retiree health plan ran out of money in 1989, Congress arranged for new funding sources, including the Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation Fund and, later, the Treasury. That precedent is now being followed for the miners’ pensions. Starting next year, the Treasury’s transfers to the Abandoned Mine Lands fund will rise to a maximum $750 million a year, and will help pay for pensions as well as retiree health care. This may prompt other unions to seek federal assistance for their plans, too.

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Set up in 1977 to clean up abandonded coal mines. Since 1992, some of its money has been used for retired miners’ health care.

Illustrations by Guilbert Gates

A failure to act would have had dire consequences: Tens of thousands of miners, many in already economically distressed areas, would have lost their benefits. And coal pensions support not just families but sometimes whole towns.

Identification cards belonging to Mr. Pettit from his decades as a coal miner.Credit…Ross Mantle for The New York Times Mr. Pettit, center, in a decades-old photo signed by Rich Trumka, a former president of the union.Credit…Ross Mantle for The New York Times

The collapse of the miners’ plan was hastened by the parade of bankruptcies that have hit the industry in recent years. By this fall, just one major employer, Murray Energy, was still paying into the fund. On Oct. 29, Murray declared bankruptcy — the eighth coal producer to do so this year.

Usually, leaving a multiemployer pension plan is an expensive proposition for a company. It must pay off its share of any shortfall to leave. But bankruptcy provides a cheap exit ramp, because the pension plan is treated as an unsecured creditor — the kind that goes to the back when everyone lines up to be paid.

After Alpha Natural Resources declared bankruptcy in 2015, for example, the pension fund’s trustees calculated that it owed $985 million. Alpha got out for about $75 million: a $10 million payment spread over four years and the rest in stock in the new company.

But when companies get out of the pension pool, their employees stay in — and become the responsibility of the companies still kicking in money. As more companies failed, it only increased the pressure on the others to get out.

‘Orphaned’ Miners

When a company goes bankrupt and exits a multiemployer pension plan, it leaves behind its retirees, who are said to be “orphaned.” The companies that remain are responsible for the orphans’ pensions, but the additional cost gives them a motive to leave the plan, too, creating even more orphans. As of 2018, the miners’ plan had 95,990 members — and 84,900 of them were orphans.

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Total members in the United Mine

Workers of America pension plan

‘Orphaned’ members

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‘Orphaned’ members

Source: Plan regulatory filings

By Karl Russell

The result has been a complicated cascade of splits, sales and financial collapses.

Mr. Pettit, 70, started his career at the Consolidated Coal Company and stayed with it until he retired in 2011. He spent more than four decades at the vast Shoemaker Mine, just south of Wheeling, W.Va.

When he started there, Consolidated was one of more than 180 employers paying into the pool, he said. Times were good: He could work plenty of overtime, put his two children through college and accrue retirement benefits that would provide for his wife if he died.

“That’s the reason we fight so hard,” he said. “A good friend of mine got killed in the mine, and his wife is still taken care of.”

By the time he retired, he said, just 11 companies were paying into the pension fund. His former employer — by then known as Consol — sent the most, $35 million. But two years later, Consol announced that it wanted to diversify into natural gas and was selling the Shoemaker Mine and four others with union contracts. The high bid came from Murray Energy, whose owner, Robert E. Murray, has lobbied hard on behalf of coal-fired power plants.

Murray Energy also took over Consol’s stake in the pension fund, until its bankruptcy.

Mr. Pettit is upset with the way Consol was able to rid itself of its pension obligations. In his view, the bill should now go back to Consol, which has never declared bankruptcy.

“When does common sense come into the picture?” he asked.

The average coal miner’s pension is about $7,150 annually, according to Lorraine Lewis, executive director of the United Mine Workers’ Health and Retirement Funds. More recent retirees typically get more.

John Leach, a 70-year-old retired miner in Bear Creek, Ky., gets $698.18 a month. That pays the bills while he and his wife, Rhonda, care for their two adult children, Christopher and Elizabeth. Both have Friedreich’s ataxia, an incurable disease of the nervous system. (A third child, Dena, also had Friedreich’s ataxia. She died in 2001.)

Mr. Leach retired in 1995 after 23 years at Peabody Energy, America’s biggest coal company. He worked at five mines, and at every stop, he said, he got the same speech: “You work here for 20 years and you get your pension for life.”

But starting in 2007, a decade of corporate reorganizations and bankruptcy filings meant that hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid pension liabilities for Peabody retirees were settled for pennies on the dollar.

That year, Peabody spun off all but one of its union mines into a new company, Patriot Coal, which got 13 percent of Peabody’s assets but 40 percent of its liabilities — including those for paying pensions to people like Mr. Leach. Patriot soon went bankrupt, and when the pension plan sent Patriot a bill for $888 million, the company said it couldn’t pay.

The trustees then sued Peabody, accusing it of creating Patriot just to dump its pension obligations. Less than a year later, Peabody itself went bankrupt. The trustees billed it $644 million for its own share of the shortfall. Once again, the bill was an unsecured credit.

In 2017, Peabody settled it for roughly $75 million in stock and cash, payable over four years.

“There’s something wrong with whoever lets the company file bankruptcy like that and get rid of all the people who made that company what it is,” Mr. Leach said. “That is what they do with us. They just drop us.”

While the new legislation ensures that Mr. Leach and Mr. Pettit will be paid, it does nothing to address the problems of other multiemployer plans.

“Every plan is in a precarious position,” said Professor Naughton, the former actuary. “If you’re in any declining industry, your plan is in trouble. If you’re in a growing industry, your plan is O.K. until it starts to decline.”

Not Enough Money

Each year, the plan pays retirees more than $600 million. When all its money is gone, the federal pension insurance program is supposed to step in. But it takes in premiums of only about $300 million a year — and that has to cover all multiemployer pensions, not just the miners’.

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Payments to beneficiariesof

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Premiums received by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s multiemployer program, for all plans.

Employer

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Premiums received by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s multiemployer program, for all plans.

Employer

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By Karl Russell

Many of the problems can be traced back to the 1970s, when Congress enacted sweeping pension laws. Multiemployer plans were thought to be much safer than single-employer plans, and unions and employers argued against holding them to the same standards. The logic was simple: The risk was spread out over a large number of companies.

But that lack of oversight created a host of problems. Unions and employers negotiated pension-funding commitments as part of their labor contracts, with little regard for the actual funding needs of the plan. In some cases, even the funding needs aren’t clear: In 1993, the Securities and Exchange Commission began pushing single-employer plans to use new and improved calculations, but it had no power over multiemployer plans, which generally still use the old math.

The government’s oversight power is limited in other ways, too. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation can completely take over a single-employer plan that is found to be too far behind, but it cannot legally take over a dying multiemployer plan until it has spent down all its assets — which means problems that have been clear for years can go unfixed and become worse.

Until this fall, a number of unions were pushing legislation to let troubled multiemployer plans borrow cash from the United States Treasury. Proponents said the plans were viable, just temporarily short of cash because retired baby boomers were drawing their benefits. Once the boomers were gone, they argued, the plans would repay the loans.

The House passed such a bill in July, but the Senate held back, especially after the Congressional Budget Office debunked the notion that weak plans would bounce back once the boomers were gone. It reported in September that many plans were doomed to fail no matter what and would never pay the government back.

Photographs from Mr. Leach’s 23 years as a miner at Peabody Energy, America’s biggest coal company.Credit…Philip Scott Andrews for The New York Times A work belt and hard hat used by Mr. Leach. He worked at five mines at Peabody.Credit…Philip Scott Andrews for The New York Times

The miners’ fund is one of the largest multiemployer plans, but it’s not the biggest. One ailing Teamster plan is larger, with $40.5 billion in unfunded liabilities, for 390,079 workers and retirees. It, too, is destined to run out of money — in 2025, according to the plan’s most recent funding notice, sent to all participants.

Like the miners’ plan, the Teamsters’ plan is large enough to wipe out the federal multiemployer insurance program. To keep that from happening, lawmakers will almost certainly have to intervene again — although the other unions don’t have something like the abandoned mine fund to channel the money through.

John Murphy, the Teamsters’ international vice president, said his union still thought the loan program was a viable solution.

“I believe that our government will respond to the plight that American citizens face,” he said. “I wish they would do it quicker, but I believe they will.”

It’s unclear when the loan program — or some other proposal — will get enough traction to move forward. But, for now, the miners’ pensions appear to be safe.

Mr. Leach said he was “tickled to death” that Congress had finally found a way to keep his benefits coming.

“This is what we fought for so long,” he said.

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This Day in History: Dec. 24

On this day, Dec. 24 …

2008: The Federal Reserve grants a request by the financing arm of General Motors to tap the government’s $700 billion rescue fund, bolstering GM’s ability to survive.

Also on this day:

  • 1814: The United States and Britain sign the Treaty of Ghent, which ends the War of 1812 following ratification by both the British Parliament and the U.S. Senate.
  • 1865: Several veterans of the Confederate Army form a private social club in Pulaski, Tenn., that would become the original version of the Ku Klux Klan.
  • 1871: Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Aida” has its world premiere in Cairo, Egypt.
  • 1906: Canadian physicist Reginald A. Fessenden becomes the first person to transmit the human voice (his own) as well as music over radio, from Brant Rock, Mass.
  • 1913: A false cry of “Fire!” during a Christmas party for striking miners and their families at the Italian Hall in Calumet, Mich. sparks a stampede where 73 people, mostly children, die.
  • 1943: President Franklin D. Roosevelt appoints Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe as part of Operation Overlord.
  • 1968: The Apollo 8 astronauts, orbiting the moon, read passages from the Old Testament Book of Genesis during a Christmas Eve telecast.
  • 1980: Americans remember the U.S. hostages in Iran by burning candles or shining lights for 417 seconds — one second for each day of captivity.
  • 1990: Tom Cruise marries his “Days of Thunder” co-star, Nicole Kidman, during a private ceremony at a Colorado ski resort. (The marriage would end in 2001).
  • 1992: President George H.W. Bush pardons former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and five others in the Iran-Contra scandal.
  • 2013: Pope Francis lauds Jesus’ humble beginning as a poor and vulnerable baby as he celebrates his first Christmas Eve Mass as pontiff in St. Peter’s Basilica.  
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Today on Fox News: Dec. 24, 2019

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Also on the Rundown: Why would someone give the gift of two turtle doves? This Christmas Eve, we take a dive into the classic Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of the Christmas.” The Rev. Mark Lawson-Jones of the Mission to Seafarers in Wales is the author of “Why Was the Partridge in the Pear Tree? The History of Christmas Carols,” and he joins the Rundown to shed some light on the classic carol.

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Democrats raise possibility of new articles of impeachment against Trump

Good morning and welcome to Fox News First. It’s Christmas Eve! Here’s what you need to know as you start your Tuesday …

House Dems raise possibility of new impeachment articles against Trump in battle over ex-White House counsel testimony
The lawyer for House Judiciary Committee Democrats revealed Monday there is a possibility lawmakers could pursue even more articles of impeachment against President Trump — despite having already adopted two of them last week following a grueling, historic and bitterly partisan debate.

The prospect of additional articles — while perhaps unlikely — was floated as part of a court battle over Democrats’ bid to compel testimony from former White House Counsel Don McGahn. The committee’s counsel filed a brief Monday, making the case for why the panel still wants to hear from McGahn despite having already voted for impeachment.

Democrats originally sought McGahn’s testimony in connection with his claims to then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team that Trump wanted him to have Mueller fired. Trump’s critics claimed this request constituted obstruction of justice. Click here for more on our top story.

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The late Rev. Billy Graham would not have supported Christianity Today’s recent call for President Trump’s removal from office, Graham’s son Franklin told Fox News in an exclusive interview Monday night.

“My father would be very disappointed and would not agree with it at all,” the Rev. Franklin Graham said on “The Ingraham Angle.” “My father believed in Donald Trump, supported Donald Trump and he actually voted for Donald Trump, and if he were here today he would tell you that himself.”

Franklin Graham, 67, is an evangelist like his father and was among nearly 200 evangelical leaders who condemned Christianity Today for publishing an anti-Trump editorial. The monthly magazine, with a circulation of about 130,000 readers, was founded by the late Rev. Graham in 1956. Click here for more.

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., does not mind if President Trump thinks she’s crazy. “I think that’s a good thing,” she said Sunday in an interview for Spanish-language television.

Speaking with Noticias Telemundo in Las Vegas, where the freshman congresswoman hosted a Spanish-language town hall for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez also claimed Trump is “afraid of women” — most notably “strong” and “Latina” women.

“I think it would be a problem if he said he agrees with my ideas because he has many problems,” Ocasio-Cortez told Noticias Telemundo correspondent Guadalupe Venegas. “He’s racist, he’s anti-immigrant, but more than just that — his administration is corrupt. I think he’s afraid of women – of strong women, of Latina women. The values of the president are very backward.” Click here for more.

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At least 5 US airports have exposed travelers to measles, health officials warn

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An unknown number of U.S. air travelers have been exposed to measles after at least five airports allowed people with the highly infectious disease to pass through this month, according to health officials in the affected cities.

At Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, a person with the disease traveled through two terminals over the course of a week, ABC News reported.

That passenger passed through O’Hare’s Terminal 3 on Dec. 12, the network reported. Five days later, the same passenger passed through the airport’s Terminal 1.

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Chicago’s incidences of measles, mumps and rubella vaccination are among the highest in the nation, the health department reported.

Other cities with airports included in the report were Richmond, Va.; Austin, Texas; Los Angeles and Denver, ABC News reported.

In Richmond International Airport, a person measles visited Dec. 17, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

In Austin, an individual with a diagnosed case of measles visited the United Airlines gate area at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Dec. 17, Austin Public Health reports.

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Meanwhile, in early December, three unvaccinated children who had traveled to a country with an ongoing measles outbreak tested positive for measles when they returned to Denver International Airport on Dec. 11, the network reported.

The children visited several parts of the airport – including Concourse A, the baggage area and the pickup area, Colorado’s Tri-County Health Department reported. They also traveled through Terminals 4 and 5 at Los Angeles International Airport on Dec. 11, according to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health.

“Measles is an acute, highly contagious viral disease. A small number of cases are capable of quickly producing epidemics.”

— Statement by Dr. Mark Escott, medical director for Austin Public Health

“Measles is an acute, highly contagious viral disease,” Dr. Mark Escott, medical director for Austin Public Health, said in a statement. “A small number of cases are capable of quickly producing epidemics.”

The best way to protect against measles is to get the measles vaccine, the report said. People who believe they may have been exposed to the disease should check their vaccination records and contact their health care provider.

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The December exposures cap off the worst year for measles in more than two decades, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting 1,276 cases, affecting the majority of U.S. states, ABC News reported. There were more cases of the infectious disease this year than there have been in the four years prior combined.

Outbreaks of the disease in Brooklyn, N.Y., and elsewhere in New York State lasted nearly a full year, threatening to end the coveted measles elimination status in the U.S., the report said. If the outbreak lasted more than 12 months it would have ended that status, which the U.S. has held for nearly 20 years.

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AOC, campaigning for Bernie Sanders, says it would ‘be an honor’ to be VP

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y., said it would “be an honor to be vice president” in a recent Spanish-language interview Sunday before headlining a Las Vegas campaign event for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The 30-year-old freshman congresswoman quickly pointed out that she falls five years short of the constitutional age limit to be vice president. The vice president – and president – must be at least 35 years old.

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“It’d be an honor to be vice president,” Ocasio-Cortez told “Noticias Telemundo” correspondent Guadalupe Venegas in Las Vegas. “I can’t because I’m not old enough.”

Ocasio-Cortez gave a keynote address at Sanders’ Spanish-language town hall in Las Vegas on Sunday. She endorsed him for the White House in October and could play a key role for the Vermont independent in seeking Nevada’s large Latino vote, differentiating himself from fellow progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

“I was a community organizer in the Bronx for Sen. Sanders during the last presidential campaign,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “That was my first experience, organizing right there in the street for an election.”

“Before that, I did community work in education, with the Latino community and with the National Hispanic Institute, but that was my first time organizing for an election. It was an experience that I will never forget,” she continued. “It was an important part of my experience when I decided to run for Congress. I learned that there was another way of doing politics here in the U.S.”

Also in her interview with “Noticias Telemundo,” Ocasio-Cortez, whose mother is Puerto Rican, reiterated how important it was for her to continue to practice her Spanish.

“If we are first- or second-generation, it is important that we cultivate our language. I must speak and practice more to improve my own Spanish. Our language is the link with our families and our communities,” Ocasio-Cortez said. She had tweeted that she was “nervous” to host the town hall in Spanish because she doesn’t speak the language often.

She also spoke about how far she’s come over the past year and a half, since ousting a powerful incumbent Democrat in New York’s 14th Congressional District in a June 2018 primary and then defeating a Republican in the general election that November.

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“Last year I worked in a taqueria, as a waitress and as a bartender, and now I am a congresswoman,” she said. “That is a huge change. But my values are the same. And we are saying the same thing we were saying last year: that we must fight for working families, for health insurance, for education for all children and a fair salary.”

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AOC rips Trump, defends socialism in Spanish-language interview: ‘If president thinks I’m crazy, that’s a good thing’

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If President Trump thinks she’s crazy, “I think that’s a good thing,” U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said Sunday in an interview for Spanish-language television.

Speaking with “Noticias Telemundo” in Las Vegas, where the freshman congresswoman hosted a Spanish-language town hall for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez also claimed Trump is “afraid of women” — most notably “strong” and “Latina” women.

“If the president thinks that I’m crazy, I think that’s a good thing because I think it would be a problem if he said he agrees with my ideas because he has many problems,” Ocasio-Cortez told Noticias Telemundo’s Correspondent Guadalupe Venegas. “He’s racist, he’s anti-immigrant, but more than just that — his administration is corrupt. I think he’s afraid of women – of strong women, of Latina women. The values of the president are very backward.”

“If the president thinks that I’m crazy, I think that’s a good thing because I think it would be a problem if he said he agrees with my ideas because he has many problems.”

— U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

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In October, Trump called Ocasio-Cortez a “Wack Job” on Twitter, to which she retorted “Better than being a criminal who betrays our country.” The social media spat came as the White House refused to comply with the impeachment inquiry by the Democrat-led House.

Ocasio-Cortez admitted Trump never explicitly told her he fears Latina women, but she claimed he’s demonstrated his fears in Twitter messages and in his State of the Union address back in February.

When asked about concerns that she and Sanders endorse socialism, Ocasio-Cortez sought to make a distinction between what’s viewed as socialism in the United States and in other countries. Venegas referenced Venezuela – where socialist policies, implemented by dictators Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro, have forced more than 4 million people to flee an economic and humanitarian crisis in the country since the end of 2015, according to figures released by the UN Refugee Agency.

“When the president or other people want to say this, the first I say is look at the politics, the proposals because we’re not advocating for complete control of the economy. We’re talking about basic human economic rights – education, health care, a worthy salary,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Here in the United States, those values are called ‘socialism.’  And for me, that’s a commentary on the present moment in the United States. Things that are human rights are called socialism. It’s very different what we’re seeing here and in other countries.”

Ocasio-Cortez said she supports Sanders because “he understands that this isn’t a campaign about a person. It’s a campaign about our movement for working families in the United States.” She said she’ll ultimately support whichever candidate receives the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination because “we have to get this president out of office.”

“It’s not good for a country as diverse as the United States to have such an intolerant president,” she added.

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Ocasio-Cortez hosted an event in Las Vegas called “Unidos Con Bernie Reunión Política con Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” on Sunday. Nevada will host the third Democratic nominating contest in February following a primary in New Hampshire and a caucus in Iowa early next year. Sanders is dispatching Ocasio-Cortez, who endorsed him for the White House in October, to appeal to Nevada’s large Latino electorate and position himself ahead of his progressive rival, Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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DECADE OF DOMINANCE

Ten years. In the world of sports, it can seem like an eternity.

As this decade began, the Yankees were reigning World Series champions, the Saints were about to win the franchise’s first Super Bowl title, Kobe Bryant was on his way to leading the Lakers to back-to-back NBA titles and Tiger Woods – with 14 major victories by the age of 34 – was seemingly a lock to break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18.

How things have changed. The Yankees, Saints and Lakers have yet to return to the pinnacle of their sports, and Woods went 11 years before winning his 15th major.

Then again, some stars who ruled the sports world in 2010 have managed to stay on top. Which ones deserve recognition as the greatest athletes of the past decade?

Thirty-five members of the USA TODAY Sports staff voted to determine the top 50 athletes of the decade. Points were given in descending order, so an athlete who was voted No. 1 received 25 points, followed by No. 2 receiving 24 points and so on. Point totals are in parentheses.

1. LeBron James (786 points)

The start of the decade coincided with James entering his prime, having just turned 25. He delivered, playing in eight NBA Finals and winning three titles, being voted MVP twice and winning a gold medal in 2012. Plus nobody has scored more points since the start of the 2009-10 season than James. But it’s his impact off the court that elevates James beyond other athletes of the 2010s, adding to his philanthropic efforts and becoming a leading voice on social and political issues.

2. Serena Williams (781 points)

Narrowly beat out by James, Williams is arguably the the greatest tennis player in history with 23 Grand Slam tournament singles titles, more than any man or woman in the Open Era. Not all of those majors came in this decade, but winning 10 of them – as well as Olympic golds in singles and doubles – after turning 30 might be an even more impressive feat.

3. Tom Brady (742 points)

A sixth-round draft choice in 2000, Brady’s career has spanned two decades, and he’s still going strong at 42. In the 2010s, he won two MVP awards (2010 season and ’17) and led the Patriots to five Super Bowl appearances and three Super Bowl titles (2014 season, ’16 and ’18).

4. Simone Biles (740 points)

Biles hit the elite gymnastics scene as a 14-year-old in 2011. Two years later she claimed her first world championship gold medals, winning the floor exercise and all-around competitions. She won eight more golds at worlds in 2014-15 before leading the USA to team gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Individually, Biles won gold in the floor exercise, vault and all-around competitions with a bronze in the balance beam. After taking 2017 off, she returned by winning seven more individual golds at the 2018 and 2019 world championships.

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5. Usain Bolt (654 points)

Bolt was already an international star and Olympic champion when the decade started. But he added to his legacy by becoming the only sprinter to win gold medals in both the 100 and 200 meters in three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012, 2016). He also won 11 gold medals at the track and field world championships from 2009 to 2015. And he currently holds the world record in both the 100 and the 200.

6. Mike Trout (610 points)

Trout made his major league debut in 2011 at 19 and a season later won the AL Rookie of the Year award and finished second in AL MVP voting. He hasn’t slowed down since. An eight-time All-Star, Trout has won three MVP awards and finished second four times. The only blemish on his career is a lack of postseason success, but he’s only 28.

7. Steph Curry (571 points)

The seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft, Curry quickly established himself as one of the game’s best shooters. He led the NBA in 3-point field goals for five consecutive seasons, including a record 402 in 2015-16. An All-Star in each of the past six seasons, Curry was named the league’s MVP in 2015 as he led the Warriors to their first NBA title in 40 years. The following year, Curry repeated as MVP as the Warriors finished with an unprecedented 73-9 record but lost the NBA Finals in seven games to the Cavaliers. Entering the 2019-20 season, Curry and the Warriors have represented the Western Conference in each of the past five NBA Finals, winning three.

8. Lionel Messi (570 points)

In the decade’s greatest soccer rivalry, Messi comes out slightly ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo. A prolific goal-scorer, Messi has won a record six Ballon d’Or awards (five this decade) as the world’s top player. He has spent his entire pro career with Barcelona, where he holds the record of six Golden Boot awards as the leading scorer in the top division of the five major European leagues. The native of Argentina is his country’s all-time leading scorer with 70 goals in 138 international appearances. He also led Argentina to the 2014 World Cup final.

9. Michael Phelps (541 points)

Although many of his accomplishments came in the 2000s, Phelps arguably did enough alone in this decade to be considered the greatest swimmer in history. Following his unprecedented eight gold medal-winning performance at the 2008 Olympics, Phelps cut back his schedule – winning four golds and two silvers in 2012 in London. He was chosen as the U.S. flag bearer for the 2016 Rio Games, then added another five golds and one silver. His victories in the 200-meter butterfly and 200 medley made him, at 31, the oldest individual champion in Olympic swimming history.

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10. Novak Djokovic (479 points)

Men’s tennis has been ruled by three players this decade. Of the three, Djokovic holds the upper hand. Of his 16 Grand Slam tournament titles, 15 have come since 2011 – including all five Wimbledon crowns and six of his record seven Australian Open titles. His 2015 season, in which he won three majors and reached the final in a fourth, is considered one of the greatest in history.

11. Katie Ledecky (443 points)

Ledecky is quite simply the most dominant freestyle swimmer in history. At 15, she claimed her first Olympic title in 2012, setting a record for an American and winning the 800-meter freestyle by more than four seconds. Breaking world records and going undefeated in every international final she entered between the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, Ledecky hit more milestones at the 2016 Rio Games. She won gold in the 200-, 400- and 800-meter free, posting world-record times in the 400 and 800 that still stand. All told, she’s set 14 world records.

12. Kevin Durant (398 points)

Starting in the 2009-10 season, Durant led the league in points five years in a row with the Thunder, went to the 2012 Finals, was league MVP in 2013-14 and won Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016. But Durant didn’t become an NBA champion until he joined the Warriors in 2016. He won back-to-back titles (winning Finals MVP) and was the leading playoff scorer last season until he was hurt before the Finals.

13. Rafael Nadal (396 points)

The King of Clay won the French Open eight times during the decade and three of the four Grand Slam tournaments in 2010. He’s the reigning champion at the French and U.S. Open. Nadal was ranked No. 1 for 140 weeks, including now, and No. 2 for 133 weeks.

14. Cristiano Ronaldo (387 points)

He signed with Real Madrid before the turn of the decade and dominated, scoring 40 or more goals three times and winning back-to-back Ballon D’Or awards in 2013 and 2014 and 2016 and 2017. He was named the top forward as Portugal won UEFA Euro 2016. He transferred to Juventus in 2018 and led that team to a first-place finish in his first year.

15. Aaron Rodgers (297 points)

The Packers’ quarterback was MVP of the 2011 Super Bowl XLV win against the Steelers, throwing for 304 yards and three touchdowns. He was NFL MVP in 2012, when the Packers went 15-1, and he had a career-best 4,643 passing yards and 45 TD passes. He picked up six All-Pro nods and won 10 or more games seven times, including this season.

16. Roger Federer (273 points)

He began the decade ranked No. 1 and finished No. 3. There was a lot of fluctuation in there, including a drop to 16, but he won five Grand Slam tournaments and the Federer-Nadal rivalry remains fun to watch.

17. Sidney Crosby (268 points)

The hockey world wondered if the Penguins’ star would be able to return from a concussion suffered in the 2011 Winter Classic. He spent parts of two seasons on the sideline but came back strong. He led the league with 104 points in 2013-14 to win MVP and was playoff MVP twice as the Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cup titles in 2016 and 2017, the first NHL team to do that since the late 1990s.

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18. Clayton Kershaw (256 points)

The Dodgers’ pitcher dominated in the regular season, winning the Cy Young Award in 2011, 2013 and 2014. He was voted National League MVP in 2014, when he went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA. He hasn’t been able to repeat that dominance in the postseason, though, with a combined 5.40 ERA in World Series games.

19. Alex Ovechkin (239 points)

The runaway NHL goal-scoring leader of the decade. The Capitals’ star scored his 600th  goal on March 12, 2018, and is closing in on 700. Ovechkin eliminated the one blemish on his career by winning the Stanley Cup in 2018.

20. Carli Lloyd (217 points)

A force on the U.S. Women’s National Team, she scored the winning goal in the 2012 Olympics, was captain of the 2015 World Cup team and had a hat trick in the championship game against Japan. She scored three goals in the 2019 World Cup as the USA repeated as champion.

21. American Pharoah (160 points)

Yes, horses are athletes too. American Pharoah won the Triple Crown in 2015, the first to do so since Affirmed in 1978. He took the Kentucky Derby by 1 length, the Preakness Stakes by 7 lengths and the Belmont Stakes by 5½ lengths. Trained by Bob Baffert, American Pharoah went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the first to win all four races in one year.

22. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (154 points)

Mayweather added to his perfect record by winning nine fights in the decade, including a 10th-round TKO of UFC fighter Conor McGregor in August 2017. That gave Mayweather a 50-0 record, surpassing Hall of Fame boxer Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 mark. Mayweather announced on Instagram in November that he was “coming out of retirement in 2020,” but no bout has been scheduled.

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23. Max Scherzer (123 points)

Scherzer started the decade as an up-and-comer who just completed his first full season in the major leagues. He finishes the 2010s with the most strikeouts and wins in the decade, three Cy Young Awards and a newly earned World Series title.

24. Lindsey Vonn (119 points)

Vonn’s decade as a skier was filled with remarkable achievements and excruciating injuries. She won Olympic gold in the downhill and a bronze in the super-G at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. In 2013, she suffered torn knee ligaments and a broken leg and did not fully recover in time for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Vonn returned to the Games in 2018, taking bronze in the downhill. She announced her retirement in 2019 after claiming a record 82 World Cup victories, the most of any female skier in history. She also has seven world championship medals and was the first female skier to win medals at six world championships. 

25. Mikaela Shiffrin (118 points)

The world’s dominant slalom skier has won the World Cup season title six times. Shiffrin, 24, also has won three consecutive overall World Cup titles. Currently tied for second on the list of World Cup victories with 62, Shiffrin could pass Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 before the Beijing Olympics in 2022. At the 2014 Olympics at 18, she became the youngest to win Olympic gold in slalom. Four years later, Shiffrin won gold in the giant slalom and silver in the combined. 

26. Maya Moore (104 points)

The five-time, first-team All-WNBA honoree helped the Lynx win four championships since her rookie year in 2011. Moore was also named MVP in 2014. She has missed only one game in eight seasons, with career averages of 18.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. In February, Moore, 30, announced that she would sit out the 2019 season to focus on family and “some ministry dreams.”

27. James Harden (86 points)

A seven-time All-Star and two-time NBA scoring champion, Harden was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year (2011-12) with the Thunder before he was traded to the Rockets. Since the trade, Harden, 30, has averaged 29.4 points and 7.7 assists. He’s led the NBA in scoring each of the past two seasons: 30.4 points in 2017-18 – when he was the league MVP – and 36.1 points in 2018-19.

28. Justin Verlander (83 points)

Verlander won two Cy Young Awards in the decade, including one in 2019 when he became the oldest pitcher to achieve the feat since 42-year-old Roger Clemens did it in 2004. Now 36, Verlander is second to Max Scherzer in wins and strikeouts in the 2010s and first in innings pitched. He also won a World Series title with the Astros in 2017.

29. Elena Delle Donne (69 points)

She is the first player in WNBA history to win MVP honors with two teams: the Sky in 2015 and the Mystics in 2019. A seven-year veteran, Delle Donne, 30, led the Mystics to the team’s first league championship in 2019. She is the first player in WNBA history to shoot over 50% from the field, over 40% from 3-point territory and over 90% from the free throw line in a season (2019).

30. Tiger Woods (57 points)

Woods hasn’t been the same since he crashed his Escalade outside his Florida mansion on the day after Thanksgiving in 2009. He endured personal scandal and several surgical procedures on his back. But Woods had his share of moments of triumph on the golf course. He was named PGA Tour Player of the Year in 2013 and won 11 tournaments in the 2010s. His Masters victory in 2019 was one of the decade’s most dramatic moments and marked his 15th career major, keeping Woods within reach of Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18.

31. Abby Wambach (55 points)

Inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in September, Wambach, 39, is the career-leading goal scorer in women’s international soccer with 184 goals. In the 2010s, she was a member of the U.S. women’s team that won gold at the 2012 Olympics and the 2015 World Cup. She was the FIFA world women’s player of the year in 2012.

T32. Allyson Felix (49 points)

Felix finishes the decade as the most decorated woman in U.S. Olympic track and field history with nine medals. She captured three gold medals in 2012 and two more in 2016 to bring her career total to six, most of any female track and field athlete in Olympic history. She won her 12th gold at the world championships in 2019, her first since becoming a mother.

T32. Marcel Hirscher (49 points)

At just 30 years old, the Austrian is already widely considered the greatest Alpine skier ever. Hirscher won a record eight consecutive overall World Cup titles from 2012 to 2019, plus six titles each in the slalom and giant slalom disciplines and two Olympic gold medals in 2018.

34. Drew Brees (48 points)

Brees earned nine of his 13 career Pro Bowl nods in the 2010s and was the 2011 Offensive Player of the Year. He leads quarterbacks for the decade in touchdowns, yards, pass attempts and completions. He also finishes the decade as the NFL’s career leader in passing yards and touchdowns

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35. Megan Rapinoe (46 points)

Rapinoe played in three World Cups during the decade, winning two, including the performance of a lifetime to lead the Americans to a second consecutive title in 2019. She was awarded the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals and earned the Golden Ball as the best player.

36. Diana Taurasi (35 points)

Considered one of the greatest female basketball players in history, Taurasi spent the 2010s burnishing her Hall of Fame résumé. She earned five All-Star nods and seven All-WNBA selections during the decade and won her third WNBA championship and second Finals MVP in 2014. Taurasi became the WNBA’s all-time leader scorer in 2017 and won Olympic gold medals with the U.S. in 2012 and 2016.

37. Klay Thompson (35 points)

Thompson teamed with Steph Curry to form the Splash Brothers, the best shooting backcourt in NBA history and cornerstones of a Warriors dynasty that won three championships. Thompson was a five-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA third-team pick during the decade.

38. Patrick Kane (34 points)

The top pick in the 2007 draft, Kane became a cornerstone of the Blackhawks’ teams that won three Stanley Cup championships during the decade. Kane won the Art Ross Trophy as NHL scoring champion and the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 2015-16, becoming the first American-born player to win each. 

39. Alex Morgan (28 points)

Morgan became the latest international soccer star for the U.S. She appeared in three World Cups, helping the U.S. win the 2015 and 2019 titles. In April 2019, Morgan became the seventh American woman to score 100 international goals, and she finishes the decade with 107.

40. Lewis Hamilton (25 points)

Hamilton established himself as one of the most accomplished drivers in Formula One history with five championships in six years (2014-15, 2017-19). His six total championships and 84 race wins are both second behind Michael Schumacher, and Hamilton holds the F1 career record with 88 poles.

T41. Canelo Alvarez (21 points)

Canelo became one of boxing’s biggest draws this decade, signing a massive deal with the DAZN streaming service for his fights in 2018. In the ring, the four-division champion has gone an impressive 23-1-1 over the past 10 years.

T41. Sue Bird (21 points)

Bird finishes the decade among the best women to ever play basketball. She won two of her three WNBA titles (2010 and 2018), made five All-Star teams and three All-WNBA teams and became the league’s all-time assists leader in 2017. Bird also helped the U.S. win Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016.

T41. Aaron Donald (21 points)

The accolades started piling up in 2013 for Donald, as he was named the ACC defensive player of the year and cleaned up in award season, taking home the Nagurski Award, Bednarik Award, Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award. He continued in the NFL as he was named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2014 and captured back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards in 2017 and 2018, the latter when he led the league with 20½ sacks.

T41. Brooks Koepka (21 points)

The 29-year-old golfer became one of the best big-game players on the planet in the last few years of the decade. He captured four major titles – twice taking home the PGA Championship (2018 and 2019) and twice winning the U.S. Open (2017 and 2018). When he wasn’t winning in 2019 he was in the hunt, finishing second at the Masters, second at the U.S. Open and fourth at the British Open.

45. Jon Jones (20 points)

There was plenty of controversy for “Bones” during the decade as he was stripped of his light heavyweight championship multiple times. But there was no disputing his dominance in the octagon. He never lost a UFC bout in the decade, racking up 16 wins. 

46. JJ Watt (18 points)

Perhaps no defensive player was as dominant as Watt in the 2010s. He won three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards (2012, 2014, 2015) and twice led the league in sacks. Watt’s career has been slowed of late by injuries, but in 2017 he made perhaps his biggest impact off the field when he was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year after helping to spearhead a massive fundraising effort in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

47. Julio Jones (17 points)

The wide receiver began the decade as a star on Alabama as the Crimson Tide captured their first national championship in 17 years in January 2010. He was drafted by the Falcons with the sixth overall pick in 2011 and hasn’t slowed down, twice leading the league in receiving yards while clearing 900 yards in all but one year of his NFL career. 

T48. Larry Fitzgerald (16 points)

Fitzgerald has spent the decade continuing to build one of the most impressive resumes of any wide receiver in NFL history. The greatest player in Arizona Cardinals history is now second in career receptions and yards and sixth in touchdowns. He also has the most receptions of the 2010s.

T48. Shaun White (16 points)

One of the most recognizable names in extreme sports, White won Olympic gold medals in snowboard halfpipe at the 2010 and 2018 Winter Games. He also spent the early part of the decade dominating at the X Games.

50. Adrian Peterson (14 points)

Peterson has rushed for over 9,000 yards this decade, claiming the rushing title in 2012 and 2015 – the former accompanied by the league MVP as he nearly broke Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record.

Others receiving votes

Jimmie Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Breanna Stewart, Mo Farah, Eliud Kipchoge, Kyle Busch, Justify, Lamar Jackson, Von Miller, Chandler Jones, Miguel Cabrera.

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