I logged on to Thomas, the source for legislative information on the Internet, and was disappointed to find that their enormous database isn't as user-friendly as I'd expected. After reading their FAQs and stumbling around bills from the '80s doing searches on "mandela" and "apartheid" with no results, I gave up. MORE>>
Like many Americans, I hadn't really started paying attention to the upcoming presidential election until a couple weeks ago when George W. Bush nominated Dick Cheney to be his running mate. I heard something on "Crossfire" or another one of those political shows about how Cheney had once voted to keep Nelson Mandela in jail, and I wondered what the real story was. I decided to go online and find out.