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In a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich has demanded an opportunity to meet with Bradley Manning, the Army private who allegedly passed documents to WikiLeaks, over concerns that Manning has been abused while in government custody.

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As the U.S. House saddles up to decide on the latest health care bill, check out The New York Times' coverage of the vote in all its live-blogging, a-critical glory.

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Ohio's Rep Dennis Kucinich told us "I have a responsibility to the people of the district that sent me here, not to cling to some ideological purity But there comes a point when you have to look at the real world and say, ‘Is there anything that we can get out of here that would lead to something better?’ And that's ultimately where I came down"The congressman likened the bill to “the political equivalent of castor oil” but said that for the "greater good" he had worked to get other holdout Democrats to vote for it.

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Congressman Dennis Kucinich predicted Saturday that the health reform bill will win passage in the House on Sunday by just one vote. Kucinich likened the bill to “the political equivalent of castor oil” but said he has been working to get remaining holdout Democrats to vote for it. The Ohio Democrat, who earlier was a holdout himself, made the comments in an interview conducted by Truthdig Managing Editor Peter Z. Scheer and podcast producer Joshua Scheer.

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Rep. Dennis Kucinich told everyone who would listen, including us, what was wrong with the health care bill and why he couldn't support it. On Wednesday, he had a change of heart: "After careful discussions with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, my wife Elizabeth and close friends, I've decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation."

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President Obama flew to Rep. Dennis Kucinich's neck of the woods Monday to rally support for his health care reform package. Kucinich, who has said he would oppose the bill, flew with the president. House Majority Whip James Clyburn said Sunday that Obama didn't yet have enough votes in his chamber.

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Is it fair to call this a meltdown? The war in Afghanistan -- and the media's lack of interest in it -- is certainly a subject worth losing one's temper over. Rep. Patrick Kennedy had trouble using his indoor voice during Wednesday's debate in the House.

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Rep. Dennis Kucinich tells us why he isn't buckling under pressure to vote for the president's health care reform bill: "Every plan that's put forth by our government ends up benefiting the health insurance industry."Rep. Dennis Kucinich tells us why he isn't buckling under pressure to vote for the president's health care reform bill.

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Rep. Dennis Kucinich tells us why he isn't buckling under pressure to vote for the president's health care reform bill ("Every plan that's put forth by our government ends up benefiting the health insurance industry").

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