Nation: Dennis Defaults

Cleveland cannot pay

Dennis Kucinich, 32, Cleveland's boyish, impetuous mayor, was angrier than usual. "This is the politics of insanity!" he shouted at the city council in his high-pitched voice. "You participated in the murder of the city."

Not so, declared equally emotional Council President George Forbes: "If there is default, it will rest squarely on the shoulders of the mayor of Cleveland." A normally calm professional financial adviser to the city clenched his fist. "It's driving me crazy," he said. "This is a political default. It's not a question of finances." Thus Cleveland last...

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