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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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Rebel Flags Coming Down and Progressive Patriotism Rising. Are Flag/ACA/Gay Issues Related?

(2) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 8:25 PM

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This was the week when lame duck Obama became a political lion. Lowry and Reagan debate its impact on the country and '16. Can Rich find a pony in there somewhere? Key question: will GOP...

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Hillary and Jeb... Alike Except in the Important Ways

(3) Comments | Posted June 14, 2015 | 7:40 PM

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They're catnip for commentators -- two dynasts announcing within two days. Except the differences far exceed the parallels -- one's a yellow-pad wonk related to a popular ex-POTUS who leads with 60 percent in Democratic...

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Is O'Malley the Hart of '16? Is Sanders the Dean? Is Obama Jew-ish?

(4) Comments | Posted June 7, 2015 | 6:44 PM

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Hastert shocking... but Alter recalls how he sleazily pocketed millions when legislation enhanced his private property. Alter-Matalin debate how Pope wants to phase out fossil fuels while many Catholic Republicans are in big oil's pockets....

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Frum vs. Conason: Are Billary Unethical Grifters or Boomer Idealists?

(8) Comments | Posted May 31, 2015 | 8:49 PM

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The leading conservative and progressive commentators on Hillary clash -- is the likely next Democratic nominee and president more motivated to make history and policy... or money? They review charges, point by point, and actually...

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Is Jeb's Mulligan on Iraq Convincing or a Tar Baby He Can't Escape?

(5) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 7:19 PM

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Jeb and TPP had second chances this week -- will they work? And what explains Stephanopoulos's gift to the Clinton Foundation? Rich Lowry and David Corn of National Review and Mother Jones debate these three...

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Amygdala Politics: Will ISIS Be 2016's Ebola?

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 8:29 PM

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With Matalin interviewing Nader in a surprising love-fest, we air our 200th show. Mary & Ron Reagan ask: a) is Geller a Paul Revere or arsonist hiding behind the 1st Amendmen? b) will "ISIS is...

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Deja News on Race, Gays, Hebdo... And the 'Error' of Mass Incarceration

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 8:01 PM

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Lamarche and Christie agree on Marriage Equality and Charlie Hebdo but, like the country, divide on why it's the fire this time in Baltimore. Will we have recurring police-triggered violence -- from Harlem in 1930s...

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Marco's Mask and Hillary as the Mom-Next-Door

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 8:20 PM

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Rubio's meme is "I'm the future", but models JFK and Obama didn't want to go back to '20s and '50s. Clinton's is "I'm your neighbor's mom", but will GOP Evita-ize her? Lowry and Vanden Heuvel...

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Should We Give Cops 'Benefit of the Doubt' When They Kill Unarmed People?

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 7:47 PM

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After the spate of white cops/black deaths -- and planted evidence in the Scott case -- should we continue to take police at their word when making life-death decisions? Matalin and Reagan debate the Slager...

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Should We Give Cops 'Benefit of the Doubt' When They Kill Unarmed People?

(36) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 7:47 PM

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After the spate of white cops/black deaths -- and planted evidence in the Scott case -- should we continue to take police at their word when making life-death decisions? Matalin and Reagan debate the Slager...

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Is Cruz a Brainy Reactionary or Just 'Right' for Evangelical GOP? Or Both?

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2015 | 8:39 PM

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Remember that post-2012 RNC "autopsy" that was supposed to expand the party? Now comes contender Cruz who wants the base to vote, not grow. Ron Christie and Gara LaMarche debate whether he's the party's RX...

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Bibi Lombardi -- Winning Is the Only Thing

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2015 | 6:12 PM

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Lowry & Corn clash over Netanyahu's win -- Arabs-are-coming plus 3 positions on 2 States in 36 hours. Lombardi & Durocher: "Win any way you can so long as you get away with it." Now...

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Frum-Shrum Predictions After Bibi's Words, Hillary's Emails, SCOTUS's Obamacare Argument

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 7:48 PM

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Two leading authors and media mavens -- Bob Shrum and David Frum -- predict a) an Iranian nuc deal that Obama enforces without Congress and b) the Court will not overthrow Obamacare on technicality. But...

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O'Really? vs. Corn: Didn't Franken Cover This in His Senate-Boosting 'Lying Liars' No. 1 Book?

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 6:35 PM

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David Corn and Ron Christie debate the need for auto safety regulation on 50th of Unsafe at Any Speed (consensus yes) and for Net Neutrality (split decision). Also, do Bill-O's "war stories" matter since he's...

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Is Rudy the Rev Al of the Right?

(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2015 | 8:57 PM

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They're both famous, divisive, demagogic headline-hunters and racial accelerants - and problems for their respective parties given their unpopularity with large blocks of voters along racial lines. Lowry and LaMarche discuss Rudy's slam that Obama...

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Next in Ukraine and Budget? Again, Obama Decides While GOP Just Complains

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2015 | 7:18 PM

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Frum and Reagan debate the growing Ukrainian civil war and Obama's 2015 budget in a growing economy. What happens if sanctions and arms don't stop Russian-backed separatists? Can the GOP credibly complain about a wealth/income gap...

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The '16 GOP Field Is 'Off' as Kochs Make Tender Offer for U.S. Gov't

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2015 | 8:23 PM

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Conason and Clarke debate "Iowa Freedom Summit" and Mitt's failure to launch. Will Walker be the JimmyWho or Bachmann of 2016? With 20 contenders, this contest can't be clown car -- at worst a clown bus....

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SOTU's Optimism, Populism, Patriotism

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 6:44 PM

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After Obama's popular SOTU agenda to "I won twice," Matalin and Corn debate if he will shape the next two years or 10 with his framework of An Economy for All. Sure looks like he has...

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2015 Starts with a Bang - 114th Keystone Cops or Pipeline? Deja Bush? More Terrorism?

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 10:11 AM

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The contours of the next year or two are already taking shape: with McConnell claiming credit for soaring economy yet Graham blaming Obama for Charlie Hebdo, JAlter and RChristie discuss if this will this be Post...

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Remember the "Trio of Scandals?" Don't. An Open Letter to Williams, Sawyer, Pelley

(9) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 10:32 PM

The plan was ingenious - conflate the words "scandal" and "Obama." Use it to win in 2014, maybe even 2016. But especially after a week of real news, the IRS, Benghazi, and AP "scandals" now look like the inside of Al Capone's safe. Two questions: What will Fox do? (We...

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