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In the face of growing pessimism after the Republican U.S. Senate victory in Massachusetts, Howard Dean, who in December vocally denounced the Senate health care legislation as weak, says he still believes the Democrats can pass a scaled-down health bill despite Republican foot-dragging.

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Two Truthdig contributors are under siege by an "independent historian" and The New York Times If that sounds preposterous, just wait until you see what made it onto the front page Last Sunday, the paper of record cited an unpublished article contending that historian Stanley Kutler deliberately altered transcripts of Nixon's secret tapes in order to protect John Dean.

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When his term as chairman of the Democratic National Committee is up, Howard Dean will step aside to make room for a guy or gal of President-elect Barack Obama's choosing. Dean has received both praise and scorn for his performance as chairman.

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Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer interviews John Dean about "Pure Goldwater," his new collaboration with the late senator's son. The book is a reminder that American conservatism has drifted far from its original heading.

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Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer interviews John Dean about "Pure Goldwater," his new collaboration with the late senator's son. The book is a reminder that American conservatism has drifted far from its original heading.

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After yet another big push -- and facing more of the same -- Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are, unsurprisingly, feeling the strain of the long campaign trail. Meanwhile, top Dems Harry Reid, Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi may make their own push -- to urge superdelegates to make their presidential preferences known by July 1.

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The Political Wire's Taegan Goddard argues that Howard Dean and Harry Reid's big idea for settling the Democratic nomination should have Democrats worried about a lack of leadership in their party. Reid and Dean both have called for superdelegates to make a decision by early July -- a little under two months before the convention in Denver.

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Republicans are starting to line up behind their nominee, including the president, who officially gave his blessing at the White House on Wednesday, along with an offer to help John McCain campaign. That couldn't make Democrats happier, who long to depict McCain as what Howard Dean called "another out-of-touch Bush Republican."

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During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Howard Dean defended his chairmanship of the DNC against James Carville's recent onslaught: "The truth is, we got six governors. We got nine additional legislative chambers. New Hampshire now has a Democratic House and Senate for the first time in a century." Not to mention, you know, the Congress. Watch it

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