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It was the last question at the last New Hampshire town meeting for Bill Bradley.

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.

These excerpts are from Jim Hightower's If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates (HarperCollins).

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 spectacle of human beings acting out mindless violence through pack behavior instills more terror in the heart than perhaps any other event in the natural world.

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

Blogs

Now that Obama has given up trying to appease the GOP, why he is considering weakening a law intended to protect immigrant children from trafficking and violence?

July 4, 2014

How the boys from New Jersey are trying to pay for it all—at taxpayer expense.

July 2, 2014

What happened to the party that fifty years ago played such a vital role in passing the Civil Rights Act?

July 2, 2014

Yet another multibillion-dollar conflict-of-interest tangle involving the New Jersey governor and the former chairman of the Port Authority.

July 1, 2014

The 5-4 decision strikes a blow against women’s rights and expands corporate power.

June 30, 2014

The Supreme Court decided Thursday to end President Obama’s ability to make recess appointments.

June 26, 2014

One year after the Supreme Court gutted the VRA, few Republicans have signed on to a legislative solution.

June 25, 2014

An embattled senator focused on increasing participation—especially by voters worried about austerity cuts—and won.

June 25, 2014

The former congressman slams The New York Times, but the Times was actually late to the party.

June 25, 2014