THE STATE OF THE UNION

AS CLINTON REPORTS TO THE CONGRESS, CITIZENS ARE BUSY REMAKING AMERICA

Over since he voted last November, Vin Thomlin has won-dered whether it was worth it. Out of sheer indignation about the state of things in America, he went to the polls for the first time in more than a decade. And he voted Republican across the board for the first time in his life. He started having regrets almost immediately. ``I was only gone for about an hour, but when I got back to my apartment, I'd been burglarized. My stereo, TV, money, everything,'' says the 46-year-old Milwaukee, Wisconsin, handyman. As Thomlin tells the story, he slams the nearest piece of...

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