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Senior political writer Lou Dubose — co-author of The Hammer (the book that indicted Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay) — has filed stories from Guantanamo, Alaska, Mexico City, Christmas in Detroit, Washington State’s Lummi Nation, and the Mississippi Delta.
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