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Mark Green has been a public interest lawyer, an elected public official, author, tv/radio commentator and the president of Air America Radio.

He graduated with honors from both Cornell University School of Arts & Sciences (1967) and then Harvard Law School (1970), where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

Becoming a member of the Washington, D.C. Bar (and later the New York State Bar), he spent 10 years in the 1970s working with Ralph Nader, ultimately running Public Citizen's Congress Watch, the largest consumer lobbying group in D.C. In 1982, The Nation magazine said, "Next to Nader himself, Mark is the leading public interest lawyer of his generation."

In 1981, Mark founded and ran the Democracy Project, a public policy institute in New York City. Over the next three decades, he either ran the Democracy Project or held office (from 1989 to 2001) as the NYC Consumer Affairs Commissioner and then the elected Public Advocate for New York City.

I. PUBLIC SERVICE

From 1990 to 1993, in the administration of Mayor David Dinkins, he served as the Consumer Affairs Commissioner, leading a 340-person, $17-million agency that licensed 45,000 businesses in 72 lines of commerce. Mark left the post in 1993 to run to become the City's first Public Advocate. He was elected with 60% of the vote and was re-elected with 73% in 1997. He served from 1993-2001.

As a consumer prosecutor and public advocate, Mark established numerous local and national precedents: exposing and helping to break up the mob garbage cartel; enacting the law protecting the victims of domestic violence from unjust firings; filing the FTC petition that led to the elimination of Joe Camel ads addicting children; and twice successfully suing Mayor Giuliani because of racial profiling and police misconduct (see www.MarkGreen.com for more details).

In 2001 he won the Democratic nomination for Mayor, losing by two points to Michael Bloomberg in the general election.

II. AUTHOR, COMMENTATOR AND TEACHER

Since 1970, Mark has written or edited 22 books -- ranging from the #1 best-selling Who Runs Congress? (1972 and three later editions) to Reagan's Reign of Error (1983 and 1987), to an agency-by-agency transition volume for incoming President Bill Clinton, Changing America: Blueprints for the New Administration (1993).

His most recent books are The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)leads America (with Eric Alterman, 2004), Losing our Democracy: How Bush, the Far Right and Big Business are Betraying Americans (2006), and Change for America, a 700 page transition report for the 44th President that he published with John Podesta and the Center for American Progress

He's appeared several hundred times on programs like CNN's Crossfire debating Pat Buchanan and Bob Novak; PBS's Firing Line with William F. Buckley; and MSNBC's Hardball. From 2002-2008, he was a regular panelist with Ed Koch and Al D'Amato on NY1's weekly public affairs segment, "Wiseguys."

In 2002, Mark was the "Distinguished Visiting Lecturer" at NYU Law School and then for five years taught a freshman honors seminar at the Arts College. He became president of Air America Radio in 2007, taking it out of Chapter 11 until it declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy in January 2010.

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Debates Matter: Hillary Rising and Marco Fading?

(15) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 7:15 PM

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Shrum and Lowry hear two "sighs of relief" in Iowa -- from HRC, because two straight losses would've been awful, and from Lowry, because Iowa vindicated his gutsy National Review issue denouncing Trump. Also: There's now...

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In Iowa, It's Vampire Weekend v. Gabby Giffords: Who'd House Dems Prefer to Head Ticket?

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2016 | 9:02 PM

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Vanden Heuvel explains her ardor for Bernie while Cooke still thinks it'll be Marco. What a country -- an old Jewish socialist against a young Cuban neo-con? But after Obama, nothing's impossible. Panel agrees on one...

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Date Sanders/Marry Hillary? The Countdown Begins...

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2016 | 8:35 PM

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Matalin-Alter debate the pre-Iowa cage-matches. But while GOP bitterly disagrees who's more loathsome -- Trump (says National Review) or Cruz (says Dole) -- among Dems, it's who's more awesome. Isn't THE variable which Dem likeliest to...

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Two Americas: Obama's Bullish SOTU vs. the GOP Debate's Bear in 'Revenant'

(2) Comments | Posted January 17, 2016 | 8:15 PM

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Shrum-Cooke debate the sharp political contrasts of Oscar Week: Obama is Jimmy Stewart at the end of It's a Great Life while Republicans see only the despotic villain in Fury Road. And: Who won the Trump-Cruz...

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Frum-Alter Consensus: Cruz Now Favored, But Would Lose Worse Than Trump in November

(16) Comments | Posted January 10, 2016 | 7:31 PM

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Trump has surprised all by maintaining his lead. But Frum and Alter agree that: A) the Republican Party will splinter if he's chosen, and B) Cruz is too ideologically rigid for general...

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VIOLENCE in California, Colorado, Paris. Guess What They Have in Common?

(9) Comments | Posted December 6, 2015 | 9:57 PM

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Matalin and Shrum debate different situations in which radicalized terrorists kill with assault weapons -- Muslim, Christian, home-grown, foreign-born. Debate now "frozen," but would a 2016 Democrat running and winning on overhaul of gun...

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How Ralph Nader Changed America

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 2:25 PM

On the 50th anniversary of Ralph Nader's Unsafe at Any Speed, the Nation magazine -- which printed his first article on auto safety in 1959 -- today published a profile of him excerpted from my forthcoming book, Bright, Infinite Future: A Generational Memoir on the Rise of Progressive...

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Panic Room Politics on Syria and Terrorism?

(2) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 9:57 PM

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There's a new false equivalence -- "Sure, GOP's gone overboard in anti-Muslim rhetoric, but Obama's tone is too defensive." Reagan and Cooke actually reach consensus how to combine "both sides" and what this scare...

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After 4th GOP Debate, Should the Party Panic? Time for 'Pinocchiomics'

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 7:36 PM

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Alter & Christie debate if GOP should panic as Trump and Carson maintain their leads. Is the problem an angry base (Ron) or extreme/ignorant base embracing unqualified POTUS candidates (Jon)? Then: what's worse at Mizzou -- PC or racism?...

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'Jeb!' Becomes 'Jeb?' -- Can Rubio and Ryan Revive the GOP?

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2015 | 9:16 PM

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Shrum and Matalin debate likelihood that a lackluster Jeb can recover, and whether the candidates' anti-media attacks are shrewd though stupid. Both laud Boehner for getting the budget done in way that helps Ryan, yet allows...

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Star Turn in a Star Chamber -- Clinton Rivals Trudeau and Murphy for Best Week

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2015 | 10:24 PM

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Katrina Vanden Heuvel of The Nation and Charles C. W. Cooke of The National Review debate if Hillary escaped the gravitational orbit of both 42 and 44 to become a president/commander-in-chief in her own right. Then,...

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Hillary Drops Mic & Flips Bat - Frum-Alter Review HRC & GOP Prospects

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2015 | 11:18 PM

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The 2016 race probably saw a inflection point this week when Hillary imitated Ginger Rogers dancing backwards in heels better than Astaire. Frum-Alter debate if there's any way she can be stopped, will Biden run, and...

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Dem Debate Week -- Comeback Grandma? Can O'Malley Pull a Fiorina? Will Joe Run or Pass?

(3) Comments | Posted October 11, 2015 | 10:04 PM

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Matalin and Corn preview the first Dem debate: Will HRC's new progressive push work? What's O'Malley's opening against an iconic woman and anti-plutocrat? Will Joe stop his tease? Then: after Oregon and four gun deaths per-hour...

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What If After 9/11 a Bush Shrugged and Said 'Stuff Happens'?

(39) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 10:45 PM

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Gun Safety After Oregon. We listen to a frustrated President urging the country to pressure Congress to strengthen gun safety laws "to save lives and let these people grow up."

Question to...

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GOP DEBATE II: Why Didn't CNN Challenge Pandering to Basest of Base?

(12) Comments | Posted September 20, 2015 | 8:22 PM

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Debates are better than monologues to inform voters, but what happens when a major cable channel refuses to ask follow-up questions of 11 conservatives who agree on almost all issues? Lowry and LaMarche debate how Fiorina/Trump/Jeb...

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Iran Deal More About Probabilities Than Risks

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2015 | 8:24 PM

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Cooke v. Reagan: Isn't issue over Iran Deal what's most likely -- allowing Tehran to race to a bomb now, or delaying that perhaps forever if Iran, in 15 years, chooses a strong economy over being...

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With the Rise of $uperPacs and Voter ID, Can '16 Be More About Democracy?

(4) Comments | Posted August 23, 2015 | 9:13 PM

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Shrum vs. Lowry: as billionaires "bid" for President and key swing states disenfranchise millions of minorities and millennials, can the process of Democracy grab more attention than Trump's Hair and Wall? Then: Does Donald vs....

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Climate, Iraq, #BlackLivesMatter -- A Trumpless Show

(4) Comments | Posted August 16, 2015 | 7:40 PM

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Lowry and Lamarche debate issues during a week of more Trumpania: while Rich disparages Obama's EPA regulation as trivial, Gara sees it as part of an urgent program that'll make Obama THE Climate President. Is...

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Thrilla in Ohio: FOX Wins and GOP Loses, Again

(32) Comments | Posted August 9, 2015 | 6:03 PM

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Lowey and Alter debate first GOP debates. Some consensus that Fiorina and Cruz rising, Rubio nominee potential, Bush and Walker meh... as Trump damages GOP as the fringe without the euphemisms. Then: after years...

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Was Kasich Trumped? Was Kerry Corker-ed?

(2) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 8:58 PM

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Shrum and Christie discuss whether the impressive John Kasich got overshadowed the week of his announcement and if the GOP has "crazies" in the base (McCain's word) or simply has "a crazy base."...

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