Howard Dean-s Comeback as New Chair of DNC

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As a Presidential candidate, Howard Dean said he represented "the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party." As National Committee Chairman, he now represents the whole thing. Dean supporters say he can raise money, mobilize the grass roots and challenge Republicans with a progressive message. Republicans claim his confrontational liberalism is a gift to them, and conservative Democrats worry he'll drive away big contributors and Red State moderates. Is Howard Dean the right leader for a party that does not want to get used to losing elections? We ask journalists, strategists, pollsters and Democrats of all stripes, including the chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party.
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UN's Kofi Annan on murder of former Lebanese Prime Minsiter Hariri

Security Council Resolution 1559 on Lebanon, Middle East

New York Times' article on death of former Lebanese Prime Minister Harari

Howard Dean

Democratic National Committee

Dean's acceptance speech as Chair of the DNC

Franke-Ruta on Dean as DNC leader


Valentine's Day, History Channel on

Esther Howland, inventor of the first valentine



Warren Olney