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03/06/2013 03:31 pm ET

Maybe WhiteHouse.gov Petitions Aren't Useless After All

At first the concept seemed thrilling: Get enough people on the Internet to sign on to a petition—any petition—and the White House would respond. But for activists, the shine of President Obama’s “We the People” initiative faded as substantive WhiteHouse.gov petitions on topics like drug policy met with status-quo responses and gave way to jokey proposals like the one to build a Death Star.

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