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    And lo and behold, people were amazed: Washington was amazed. The country was amazed. And I was amazed that everybody was amazed. Because what is going on that a senator doesn't act according to script, acts according to conscience, and everybody is taken aback?

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I refuse to stand by while our democracy is trampled by politicians more concerned about amassing power than helping the read more

I refuse to stand by while our democracy is trampled by politicians more concerned about amassing power than helping the people who sent them to Washington in the first place.

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When you see Washington consistently turning a blind eye to suffering, don’t sit back and apathetically blame indifference. The loudest read more

When you see Washington consistently turning a blind eye to suffering, don’t sit back and apathetically blame indifference. The loudest voices may be delivering the worst messages today, but history shows that grass-roots energy has the power to change anything when that energy is focused toward justice

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In Washington, the first thing people tell you is what their job is. In Los Angeles you learn their star read more

In Washington, the first thing people tell you is what their job is. In Los Angeles you learn their star sign. In Houston you're told how rich they are. And in New York they tell you what their rent is.

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And I’ll tell you, few things make me more angry than some out of touch Washington politician saying that Head read more

And I’ll tell you, few things make me more angry than some out of touch Washington politician saying that Head Start doesn’t work. That’s a flat out lie and it’s disrespectful to you and the tens of thousands of Americans who make this program work for children every single day.

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The Administration’s willingness to consistently abandon the truth has done great damage. Americans are less willing to listen – less read more

The Administration’s willingness to consistently abandon the truth has done great damage. Americans are less willing to listen – less likely to trust or take anything that is said in Washington seriously.

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Still, year after year strong mercury rules fail in Washington under pressure from corporate interests. Why? Not because the risks read more

Still, year after year strong mercury rules fail in Washington under pressure from corporate interests. Why? Not because the risks of mercury poisoning aren’t real. No, lobbyists for the big industries just say they can’t afford to make changes.

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Our Founding Fathers would shudder to see how easily forces outside the mainstream now seem to effortlessly push some Senate read more

Our Founding Fathers would shudder to see how easily forces outside the mainstream now seem to effortlessly push some Senate leaders toward conduct the American people don't want from their elected leaders: Abusing power. Inserting the government into our private lives. Injecting religion into debates about public policy. Jumping through hoops to ingratiate themselves to their party’s base, while step by step, day by day, real problems that keep American families up at night fall by the wayside here in Washington.

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Our government has a simple task: recognize our nation’s real problems, and address them in a manner that reflects the read more

Our government has a simple task: recognize our nation’s real problems, and address them in a manner that reflects the priorities of the American people. It sounds simple, but it’s not happening today, and I know you’re as frustrated with Washington as I am

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It would be hard to blame you for having trouble taking much of what is said in Washington seriously. You read more

It would be hard to blame you for having trouble taking much of what is said in Washington seriously. You heard about the Medicare actuary who was forced to fudge the numbers and lie to Congress to keep his job. You heard the falsified numbers in Iraq on everything from the cost of the war to the number of trained Iraqi troops to a slam dunk case for weapons of mass destruction. You heard about the administration sponsored fake newscasts to mislead people all across America.

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