Nation: April Fool!

Jerry Brown is mousetrapped

When California Governor Jerry Brown was asked to testify before a New Hampshire legislative committee in support of a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget, he looked on it as a double political opportunity, even though the offer came from Republicans. Democrat Brown could speak out again on his favorite issue, and he could also visit New Hampshire, where the nation's first presidential primary will be held in less than a year.

So with hardly a second thought, Brown last week arrived in foggy, rainy New England, only to find the political weather stormier still. The Republicans, who...

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