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The Orrin Hatch campaign is done--
Kaput at last, without a doubt.
And now, perhaps, could someone please
Explain what that was all about?

As I travel across the country, I am often asked why progressives should support Bill Bradley for President, as I do.

If politics got real, the debate on campaign finance reform would focus on how ordinary citizens can acquire a measure of power in America's money-drenched democracy.

As the first voting of the 2000 presidential election approaches, in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries, public disinterest is palpable.

I watched these presidential hopefuls join
Together for debating in Des Moines,
And many times I heard allegiance sworn
To Jesus and to babies not quite born.

The records show, as you have heard,
McCain is not a cuckoo bird.
Yes, he's OK. That's no surprise.
Now how about the other guys?

The last remaining superpower
Might get a leader who would tower
Above a smallish premier of Japan.
The Third World wouldn't be euphoric

CORRECTION (from the Dec. 27 issue): In Micah L. Sifry's "Public Citizen No. 1" [Dec. 20], Carl Mayer, although he is among those urging Nader to run, was incorrectly identified as a member of the Draft Nader Committee. Also, the town of Amherst is in Wisconsin, not Michigan.

A version of this article also appeared in Salon magazine.

Imprisonment and torture are the sort
Of things that might just drive a person daft.
So just in case that happened to McCain,

The candidates are constantly reviewed.
The questions raised by analysts include:
Will Pat Buchanan matter as a mauler?

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President Obama's re-election marks the most decisive mandate for an assertive, progressive governing model in well over a generation. Here’s why.

November 7, 2012

Whites voted Republican in every state except for four.

November 7, 2012

The president’s speech Tuesday night was aimed directly at the heart of die-hard GOP opposition. 

November 7, 2012

Women voters said “buh-bye” to extreme GOP misogynists.

November 7, 2012

The president actually won a significant victory. Now, he should do something with it.

November 7, 2012

No more undecideds.

November 7, 2012

Other than admitting they need to appeal to women and young people, Republicans in DC had no ideas about what this election means. 

November 7, 2012

It’s too early to tell, but here’s a sampling of anecdotal reports from our community journalists spread out around the country that are unconfirmed but offer a sense of the problem.

November 6, 2012

Spanish-speaking voters at several polling places in North Philly have been left without interpreters.

November 6, 2012

Forty-six people in Miami-Dade County have had their votes challenged.

November 6, 2012