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Few voices in American politics have been as consistent, as reasoned and as moral as his, which is one reason why Mike Gravel, on a chilly December morning, is in front of the White House, not inside it.Few voices have been as reasoned and as moral as his, which is one reason why Mike Gravel is in front of the White House, not inside it.

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The former senator from Alaska who read the Pentagon Papers into the congressional record in 1971 tells a small group after his failed bids for the 2008 Democratic and Libertarian nominations: "This is the end of my political career." But don't worry about Mike Gravel. He certainly doesn't: "What's the worst thing that's happened to me? I go back to a normal life? At my age? This is terrible?"

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Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia has been chosen by Libertarians to carry the party's banner in November, beating out Mary Ruwart, former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel and others. Given John McCain's trouble with conservatives and Barack Obama's focus on Georgia, Barr could be something of a spoiler in the general election.

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Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich won't accept his exclusion from ABC's debates on Saturday without a fight. Kucinich filed a complaint with the FCC Friday, claiming ABC is denying him equal time and noting that parent company Disney has made campaign contributions to the four invited Democrats.

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ABC News has announced that Democrats Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel (above) and Republican Duncan Hunter failed to meet its benchmarks and will not be allowed to participate in Saturday's New Hampshire debate. On the Democratic side, that leaves four candidates in the debate; Joe Biden and Chris Dodd dropped out of the race after poor showings in Iowa.

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Mike Gravel wasn't invited to CNN's Democratic debate last Thursday, but that didn't stop him from taking on the other candidates anyway, armed with the power of TiVo. What follows is part history lesson and part Howard Beale polemic. Enjoy.

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Former Sen. Mike Gravel's campaign released this video after the candidate was barred from NBC's upcoming debate in Philadelphia. Is it just a coincidence that the network is owned by GE, which has a profit incentive for war? Gravel doesn't seem to think so.

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Stephen Colbert's presidential campaign -- a compellingly postmodern play on identity and politics (or something like that) -- is apparently being taken seriously enough by the polling firm Public Opinion Strategies to merit Colbert's inclusion in the lineup of candidates the firm is currently tracking. Here's how the TV comedian -- who says he's running as both a Democrat and a Republican -- is doing in the race for White House glory.

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Of the Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Mike Gravel is probably the least well recognized. His dark-horse candidacy may be the butt of jokes on the late-night comedy shows, but that doesn't faze former Pentagon analyst Daniel Ellsberg: "Here is a senator who was not afraid to look foolish. That is the fear that keeps people in line all their lives."

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Presidential candidate Mike Gravel's performance in the first Democratic debate took him from off the radar to Truthdigger of the week. Naturally we just had to pick his brain. The former senator from Alaska, who helped end the draft, tells Truthdig why he's running, why there are so few mavericks in politics these days and why war makes him angry.

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