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Where will we be without John Ashcroft, his German shepherd's mug and fanatic's heart?
Six more days till the election. As of this writing (October 27), nothing is certain. The election polls are bouncing around like yo-yos.
As I write, several days before the election, Congress's last-minute effort to enact the 9/11 Commission's recommendations appears to have stalled, largely because of disagreement over the scope
This election is a referendum on William
Rehnquist's Supreme Court.
The US troop presence is doubled--as Colombia's civil movement says no to more war.
Unlike news reports, theater isn't expected to stick to the facts. By nature, the form is duplicitous, built on a sandy foundation of make-believe and pretense.
In November, California voters will have their first
chance in a decade to reform the state's "three strikes and you're
out" law, which has imposed cruel life sentences on thousands for
Thanks to damage caps and other measures, victims are often unable to sue.
Democrats haven't made much of what would happen to the courts should Bush win a second term.
In The Nation's October 9, 2000, special report on the Supreme Court, Tom Wicker wrote, "No issue is more vital...repeat, no issue is more important than the makeup of the next Supr