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President: Paul Ryan is now the only GOP candidate who is within single digits of Clinton in the Review's moving average of polls. But Clinton has lost a few points against every candidate other than Rubio. She leads her closest Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Warren, by 54 points.
 
Here's are moving average of recent polls ink the GOP contest for the presidential nomination:
 

PAUL

 14

HUCKABEE

  14

JEB BUSH

  13

CHRISTIE

  13

RYAN

  9

CRUZ

  7

RUBIO

  7

SANTORUM

  3

WALKER

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JINDAL

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WALKER

  5
 
 
It is possible for the GOP to pick up 19 electoral votes based on the current moving averages of polls, but in 2012 Obama won by 126 electoral votes.

Senate: The Progressive Review's moving average shows that Republicans stand to pick up 2 new Senate seats and could pick up 5 more. Democrats could pick up one more Senate seat. Thus the current Democratic 10 seat margin (including 2 independents) could be flipped to a Repubican majority. Based on current trends, the GOP stands a good chance to win the Senate
 
Governors: Democrats have picked up one this cycle and lead confortably in 1 more. GOP stands to pick up 2. Close races favor a shift to the Dems in 4 states and to the GOP in 2..
 
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Why Bother, in a wonderfully engaging and erudite manner, addresses the great question confronting democracy, community and justice -- and that is civic motivation. Prepare to be motivated. Sam Smith is an antidote to mindless speed reading. He makes you pause between paragraphs in order to mull over the captivating morsels he is placing in your imagination. - RALPH NADER

Sam Smith puts it to us straight in these essays about finding meaning and hope - JAY WALJASPER, UTNE READER

An American original. . . He's got a big old cussed independent streak that keeps you guessing and hence keeps you reading. - CRISPIN SARTWELL

GREAT AMERICAN REPAIR MANUAL $15

Published by W.W. Norton, New York & London.

"Lucid . . . Keep going, Sam" -- Mario Cuomo

"Desperately needed" -- Roger Morris, author of Partners in Power

"Smith's book is a toolbox for hacking a corrupt system. It is also funny as hell . . . There are butts that need kicking in this country. . . Sam Smith is handing out the boots." -- Alex Steffen, The Stranger, Seattle weekly

"Must read. . . combines laughter and trenchant critique to a degree seldom seen" -- John Rensenbrink, Green Horizons

"The Tom Paine of the Nineties" -- Chuck Stone

"Truly independent journalist" -- Patrick Mazza, Cascadia Times

"Phenomenally interesting. . . recommend it highly" -- Michelle Laxalt, co-host of Newsmakers

"You'll be enlightened, challenged, even entertained" -- Chuck Harder on the Talk America Network.

Featured in Utne Reader and on Weekend All Things Considered. 

PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM

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Sam Smith has been a musician for many decades. He started the first band his Quaker school ever had and played drums with bands up until 1980 when he switched to stride piano. He had his own band until the mid-1990s and has played with the New Sunshine Jazz Band, Hill City Jazz Band, Not So Modern Jazz Band and the Phoenix Jazz Band.

Here are a few tracks:

SAM SMITH'S
DECOLAND BAND

AVALON

BUTTER & EGG MAN

DR JAZZ

INDIANA

JELLY ROLL

MAMA'S GONE GOODBYE

SHINE

Bob Walter, trumpet; Jimmy Hamilton & Coleman Hankins, clarinet; Paul Hettich, bass; Sam Smith, piano. Bob Resnik, drums

PHOENIX JAZZ BAND
led by Bob Walter

ALGIERS STRUT

APEX BLUES  George James sax

CORRINE CORRINE

OH MAMA  Sam piano & vocal

HILL CITY JAZZ BAND
led by Bob Walter

ACE IN THE HOLE: With the lyrics altered to fit Washington

BILL BAILEY

BYE & BYE Sam piano & vocal

JAZZ ME BLUES

TISHOMINGO BLUES

WHEN YOU'RE SMILING Sam piano, Bob Walter vocal

WASHINGTON POST MARCH

 

Furthermore. . .

Watch the state by state incarceration rate grow from 1978 to 2012

All four Republican candidates in the North Carolina Senate race were asked on Earth Day if they believed climate change is a proven fact. And all four candidates said 'no.

The Democrats want to repeal the New Deal and the Republicans seem to want to repeal the Enlightenment - Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for governor of New York

Today in history

1932 -- Jim Fixx, author of Complete Book of Running, which kick-started the 1970s jogging craze, lives. He fixated on running until his bum ticker seized up like a rusty chain saw. At age 52, Fixx walks out of house & begins jogging. Goes a short distance when he has a massive coronary: His autopsy reveals one coronary artery 99% clogged, another 80% obstructed, a third 70% blocked .... Fixx had three other attacks in the weeks prior to his death.

Wikipedia - In 1986 exercise physiologist Kenneth Cooper published an inventory of the risk factors that might have contributed to Fixx's death. Granted access to his medical records and autopsy, and after interviewing his friends and family, Cooper concluded that Fixx was genetically predisposed (his father died of a heart attack at age 43 and Fixx himself had a congenitally enlarged heart), and had several lifestyle issues. Fixx was a heavy smoker prior to beginning running at age 36, he had a stressful occupation, he had undergone a second divorce, and his weight before he took up running had ballooned to 220 pounds.

1956 -- Elvis Presley, accompanied by Bill Black and Scotty Moore, makes his Las Vegas debut as opening act for the Freddie Martin Orchestra and comedian Shecky Greene. The two week run is called off after a week due to poor reception; Presley won't do Las Vegas again for almost 13 years.

1977 -- Dr. Allen Bussey completes 20,302 yo-yo loops & only loses 10.

1985 -- US: Sam Ervin dies. Senator "Sam" chaired the Watergate hearings in the spring of 1973. On the convictions of former attorney general John Mitchell and former White House aide John Ehrlichman for their roles in the scandal, he said: "I don't think either one of them would have recognized the Bill of Rights if they met it on the street in broad daylight under a cloudless sky."

Daily Bleed

Word

Implicit in the term `national defense' is the notion of defending those values and ideals which set this nation apart -- Justice Potter Stewart, 1967

The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without. -- Dwight Eisenhower

Pocket paradigms: The Mid East

The most misleading myth about the Middle East is that an end to violence is a necessary precondition to peace negotiations. An end to violence should rather be one the goals of peace negotiations. Killings emphasize the need for such talks rather than serving as justification for avoiding them.

If what goes on in the synagogue doesn't stay in the synagogue than it can not be expected to be treated as though it were still there. In other words, if you're going to ask American taxpayers to subsidize Israel and back its policies, the matter should be handled no differently than building a B2 bomber or putting a federal agency's office in some congressmember's district. If you want to play by religion's rules act like a religion. Otherwise, the rules of politics govern. And anyone who calls that anti-Semitic is either a cry baby or a scoundrel.

The curable cause of the present disaster is not to be found in a cave in Afghanistan nor at a military headquarters in Palestine. Rather it is to be found in a half century of abusive American policy towards the Islamic world including a deadly, criminal embargo against Iraq; the permanent suppression of Palestinian statehood; the promotion, assassination and/or manipulation of a string of leaders against the best interests of peace and our own security; the covert employment (to our later regret) of the likes of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein; and our repeated refusal to listen to the nearly unanimous voice of the United Nations in general assembly. - Sam Smith

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ABOUT THE REVIEW
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The Progressive Review (formerly the Idler and the DC Gazette) was first published in 1964 and is one of the oldest alternative journals in America. Regularly ahead of the curve, the Review has opposed federal drug policy for over 40 years, was a lonely media voice against the massive freeways planned for Washington, was an early advocate of bikeways and light rail, supported neighborhood commissions later adopted in DC, and helped spur the creation of the DC Statehood Party and the national Green Party,

In November 1990 it devoted an entire issue to the ecologically-sound city and how to develop it. The article was republished widely.

Even before Clinton's nomination we exposed Arkansas political scandals that would later become major issues. Although our thorough coverage of the story would get us into a lot of trrouble it remains one of the most thorough and accurate accounts of the Clinton story.

We reported on NSA monitoring of U.S. phone calls in the 1990s, years before it became a major media story.

In 2003 editor Sam Smith wrote an article for Harper's comprised entirely of falsehoods about Iraq by Bush administration officials.

The Review started a web edition in 1995 when there were only 27,000 web sites worldwide. Today there are over 170 million active sites.

Our 1990 article on the savings & loan bailout scandal was selected by Utne Reader as one of the ten most under-covered stories of the past decade.

In 1987 we ran an article on AIDS. It was the first year that more than 1,000 men died of the disease.

In the 1980s, Thomas S Martin predicted in the Review that "Yugoslavia will eventually break up" and that "a challenge to the centralized soviet state" would occur as a result of devolutionary trends. Both happened.

In the 1980s, we reported on the dangers of computerized voting and suggested possible solutions including an independent review of software and an adequate audit trail.

In the 1970s we published a first person account of a then illegal abortion.

In 1971 we published our first article in support of single payer universal health care

In 1970, we ran a two part series on gay liberation.

In 1966 we published two articles on auto safety by Ralph Nader

In 1965 we called for the end of the draft.

In the 1960s we proposed community policing

Before Obamacare was passed, we were one of the few progressive journals warning of the serious problems it posed.

About the editor

The Review is edited by Sam Smith, who covered Washington under nine presidents, has edited the Progressive Review for 49 years, has written four books (two at the request of editors), been published in five anthologies, helped to start six organizations (including the DC Humanities Council, the national Green Party and the DC Statehood Party), was a plaintiff in three sucessful class action suits, served as a Coast Guard officer, and played in jazz bands for four decades.

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Recording industry vs. music
Factories of fame
Punk and protest
Why we need a natural music movement
Where the music went
Music's real problem is downgrading, not downloading
How the recording industry pirates musicians’ income
Joan Baez' first radio appearance
How to boycott RIAA
Music and politics
Essays on music
 

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Indian Countrry
 
POLITICS

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POLITICS

Why politics doesn't matter much anymore
The crucial politics of age
Campaign financing
Sam's 1999 speech on campaign financing
Democratic Party news
Populism
Poll summary
Hints your country may becoming fascist
What America thinks
Leading the majority:How minorities change America
The end of politics
Sex & politics in DC
All in the family
Why people vote against themselves
History's hints for third parties
 
BUSHES

George Bush
Bush family history
 
CLINTONS

The Clinton legacy
Arkansas connections
Hillary Clinton current news
Hillary Clinton history
How Bill Clinton rose to the top
The next stop after Hope
Vince Foster case
The Clintons & Marc Rich
The Clinton stories the media wouldn't cover
What you won't find in the Clinton museum
 
DEMOCRATS
 
Dismantling the Democrats
 
FASCISM
 
Notes on fascism
Clues that your country might be turning into a fascist state
 
GOOD POLITICIANS
 
Sherrod Brown
Bernie Sanders
Jill Stein
Elizabeth Warren
 
GOP
 
GOP NEWS
 
The GOP confederacy
From Grand Old Party to Grumpy Old Prigs
The GOP ghost dance and the young
More on the ghost dance and the GOP
How to tell a radical Muslim from a radical Republican
The GOP uncivil war
 
GREEN PARTY
 
More Green Party news
History's hints for third parties
Why Ralph Nader didn't cause Al Gore's loss
Jill Stein
Global Greens
The Greens were right
 
LIBERALS
 
The difference between a progressive & a liberal
The death of liberalism and what to do about it
Why liberalism collapsed
 
OBAMA

OBAMA NEWS
OBAMALAND
An Obama one night stand
The strange rise of Barack Obama
How Obama compares to Republicans
Obama and the American oligarchy
 
REAGAN
 
The Ronald Reagan myth
The true cost of Reagan and extreme capitalism
 
VOTING
 
Counting the vote
Campaign financing
Why other countries do better at voter registration
 
Fair Vote
 
OTHER

There is a religious test for high office
The collapse of the First American Republic
America’s new mini-monarchies
How TV turned off politics
Why people vote against themselves
Fighting the dystablishment
Living in political madness
The politics of myth
Of ghost dances and the young
The hazards of grad school politics
The other way to deal with the national debt
Mob politics vs. political movements
Handling the bullies
Bringing politics home
The autistic confederacy
Essays on politics
Retrieving the Democrats' reason for existence (2008)


PEOPLE
 
Rudy Giuliani
Al Gore
Gene McCarthy
Mitt Romney
Paul Ryan
Rick Santorum

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Gays

Healthcare
Immigration
  • 54-63 percent - crossing party and religious lines favors legislation to create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living in the United States
NSA
Politics
Social Security
  • 87% of Americans want Social Security spending increased or held steady
  • Oppose cutting SS annual increase
Taxes
  • 80% favor ending offshore tax havens
War
  • Believe it's OK to cut defense spending
  • Say Libya action wasn't right

Washington

  • 81% disapprove of the job that Congress is doing

Women

  • 60% of voters said they are more likely to support a candidate who supports fair pay for women, a higher minimum wage, paid family and medical leave and paid sick days.

RELIGION & ITS ALTERNATIVES

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THE HUMANIST
 
Religious right
Lutheran Airlines
Seventh Day Agnostics arise
Backing off of hate
Where have all the cool preachers gone?
Who owns faith and values?
A conversation with God

SENIORS

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Senior news
Medicare
Social Security
 
No retirement age for rebellion
Thoughts on old age
The real problem with Social Security
Word: Social Security
Why Social Security and Medicare are not going bankrupt
Social Security is massive anti-poverty program
 
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WAR NEWS

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NEWS
Peace
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ESSAYS
The good thing about war
Essays on war
Mission creep: the militarizing of America
Spooks & spies
 
GROUPS
War is a Crime
World Beyond War
 
MEDIA
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Daniel Ellsberg
Tim Shorrock
Spy Talk
WASHINGTON DC

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DC FACTS

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SEX & POLITICS IN DC

DC BLACK HISTORY

 DC STATEHOOD

 MARION BARRY

The club: how Washington really works

TUNES FROM A DC MUSICAL: Sam & Kathy Smith, along with Becky Brown, wrote a musical revue of DC history that was performed by the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in 1978. The Washington Times listed the show as one of the "Sure Things" for the week. Mayor Marion Barry attended one performance Unfortunately, no recording was made, but years later Sam made a rough recording of some of the tunes for a curiuous reporter.

THE ATTICA THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN One year after Attica, there was a prisoner revolt at the Washington, DC Jail during which the director of DC Corrections and a number of guards were taken hostage. But, unlike Attica, no one was killed. Perhaps this is why so few remember what happened on a night when judges, politicians, U.S. Marshals, prisoners, and hostages all gathered in Courtroom 16 to see what could be done - brought together by a single judge who wasn't afraid o talk when others wanted to shoot.

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1960s & 1970s
1980s & 1990s
New century
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People
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WOMEN

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Women's news
 
Abortion & reciprocal liberty
 
MEDIA
Women's E News
Feminist News
WORDS & WRITING

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Words & writing news
 
ESSAYS ON WRITING
Post literate America
Words & meaning
The missing predicate in my life
SomeRulesForWriting L.L.C. (SRFW)!
Words and cruelty
The rise of "fuck"
What's a humanities?
Cliche challenge
 
OTHER
Pocket paradigms
Quotations
 
YOUNG

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Young news

An apology to younger Americans
Skull & Bones

Student loans & debt
Generation gap

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