Will Internet Democracy Help Choose People's President?

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Today-s Los Angeles Times reports that Howard Dean is sweeping across the nation with an early show of strength. The Presidential candidate is challenging his Democratic rivals with a four-day -Sleepless Summer Tour- of 10 cities in eight states. Political pros say big crowds are an impressive demonstration of organization and fundraising-and it all got started online. Though Dean-s use of the Internet, which is being compared to Republican domination of talk radio, may have changed American politics forever, can it make a former dark horse like Dean competitive with the record-setting, traditional fund-raising blitz of President Bush? We hear more about the high-tech transformation of traditional politics from Republican political strategists and experts who study politics, political ethics and the Internet.
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Political Internet sites discussed on this program:
Recall Gray Davis
Dean-s Sleepless Summer Tour
Dean Defense Forces

Viewing Mars:
The best time to view Mars is 2:51am PDT Wednesday, August 27, but the planet will be highly visible through September.

Columbia Accident Investigation Board report

Los Angeles Times- article on Howard Dean

Federal Election Commission

KCRW's Election Connection (websites of all the candidates)

Griffith Park Observatory's Mars observing page

NASA-s Rover Mission to Mars



Warren Olney