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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. Most recently, he's published BrightInfiniteFuture.net.

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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Trump's Weak: Four Days from "Mad Max" and "Network"

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2016 | 9:31 PM

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When you combine a Putin personality (says Kasparov) with a sociopath (says author of Art of The Deal), you get a Convention that wants to jail Hillary Clinton. Stuart Stevens and Ron Reagan agree...

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Does Sanders Cancel Out Comey... Or Will Terrorism Cancel Out Everything?

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2016 | 7:38 PM

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Lowry & Lemarche debate Clinton's standing after Comey's rebuke and the Sanders embrace. In our super--polarized era, will Hillary's 50% negative be the new 40% and will unindicted beat unqualified? Then they a)...

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Rolling Realignment About to Flatten Trump & GOP

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2016 | 8:41 PM

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Matalin thinks that Trump can still come back while vanden Heuvel doubts it even though Hillary's no Bernie. But given Trump's awful polls/analytics/infrastructure/party split, Host sees a coming "Rolling Realignment" that'll change...

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Lowry/Reagan Predict Gingrich-Warren VP Contest

(30) Comments | Posted June 12, 2016 | 8:44 PM

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"Woman Hear Me Roar" says Clinton clinching nomination and making some spines tingle. But the panel sticks to Trump odds of 5-40% because he's a qualified ignorant bully and she's a qualified smart president....

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INFLECTION WEEK: Donald's Decline Begins After Exposed As a Racist Cheat Unfit for Duty

(7) Comments | Posted June 5, 2016 | 8:49 PM

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True, all pundits mis-overestimated the Republican base. But as the General Election de facto now begins, Shrum & Frum discuss Trump's cumulative "Joseph Welch" moment due to four re-enforcing events: Clinton's pounding,...

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Who Enabled Trump? Will Sanders Pull a 'Ferrer'?

(20) Comments | Posted May 22, 2016 | 10:50 PM

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Stuart Stevens and Ron Reagan -- who know something about Republican nomination contests -- see Trump is a stress test for our democracy, They discuss how he rose and what lessons the GOP will...

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IS THE DIE CAST THIS FALL? 6th Anniversary Show Answers 'Maybe' and 'Yes!'

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2016 | 8:00 PM

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With today's RealClearPolitics poll showing Clinton ahead by six points nationally, Lowry/Alter/Green debate if Trump's chances are 40%/20%/or 5% based on his AmericaFirst meta-argument vs. his lunacy (butler, women, wall, muslims, default on debt,...

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After 2016, Will Personality Plus Message = POTUS? President Maddow in 2024?

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2016 | 11:29 PM

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Underestimating Trump, Shrum/Christie/Green prognosticate again post-primaries: Will great persona + viral message be ticket for future presidents? Will reactionary GOP reconstitute after realigning loss? Will Trump put bully Christie in VP pulpit or go nuclear with Knight? Should no-drama Hillary choose...

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What It Takes -- 2016: Excerpt II From 'BRIGHT, INFINITE, FUTURE'

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 12:49 PM

Richard Ben Cramer's book about the 1988 presidential campaign -- What It Takes -- was a classic about the psychology and talents required to climb the greasy pole. Time to update it in this political year.

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'Twistifications' 2016: Excerpt From BRIGHT, INFINITE FUTURE

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 11:53 AM

So, you need to shut down your Foxified uncle?

Since it's not easy for faithful conservatives to answer questions about climate science, gun violence, mass deportation, and Obama's economy, among others, they often resort to several rhetorical tools to sway credulous audiences. This enables lazy commentators and defensive Republicans...

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PREDICTING NEW YORK: Hillary's Experience + Sanders Agenda = Clinton45.

(23) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 7:49 PM

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New Yorkers Weingarten, Cooke and Green agree that Sanders is attracting record crowds and voters for an insurgent. But Clinton wins handily because a practical progressive beats a walking-wish-list now campaigning with acrimony and sanctimony. Conservatives...

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'Bright, Infinite Future': Is a Semi-Realignment Coming This Fall for Democrats?

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2016 | 7:35 PM

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In his new book, BrightInfiniteFuture.net and an excerpt in The New Republic, the Host explains how generational trends, the GOP lurch from mainstream to extreme, the successful presidencies of Clinton/ Obama as compared to...

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Trump: 'What Kills a Skunk Is Its Publicity'

(2) Comments | Posted April 3, 2016 | 8:44 PM

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Lowry & Lamarche discuss if this time Trump's been finally & fatally stabbed like the victim of Murder on the Orient Express. Which civil war will GOP choose: w/ Trump, w/ Cruz, w/ 'new face'? Nader...

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Is Trump a Riotous Klandidate? Can Garland Defeat the Wicked Mitch of the Senate?

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2016 | 6:48 PM

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Stuart Stevens illuminates his anti-Trump insights on social media while Ron Reagan reminds us about the last contested convention in '76. What should GOP elites do now that they can't live with or without Trump? Also:...

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Can 'Lyin' Ted' Stop Trump in a Party of 'Con' Artists?

(6) Comments | Posted March 6, 2016 | 5:14 PM

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Frum and Karina discuss if Trump is the 2016 version of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters -- white, ominous and yuge. Then three Qs: Is Cruz any more electable? What happens if GOP breaks...

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The Funny Fascist and "The Party of Hell No!"

(5) Comments | Posted February 28, 2016 | 8:28 PM

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Corn and Cooke agree that Trump would get slaughtered by HRC and could split the GOP. Then: Who wins the battle to replace Scalia -- McConnell's Refusniks or a POTUS telling the Senate...

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The POTUS/SCOTUS Election of '16

(4) Comments | Posted February 21, 2016 | 7:18 PM

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Ron Reagan and Ron Christie debate a week of huge news -- will the Nevada and South Carolina contests lead to a Clinton-Trump showdown that'd determine control of two branches of government? By refusing to consider...

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Debates Matter: Hillary Rising and Marco Fading?

(15) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 6:15 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 | 8:02 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 | 7:35 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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