Nation: Long Hot Summer of Discontent

Brown lurches left as he plans his run for the White House

California Governor Jerry Brown has become a serious presidential contender, in part because of his engaging unpredictability as he looks for fresh approaches to old problems. First a move to the right, then one to the left, in a deft political dance that has confused and enraged his enemies and charmed and encouraged his friends. Brown now plans to announce for the presidency in late September or early October. But during a summer of discontent, of battles fought and lost, he may...

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