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With the presidential election only about two weeks away, a lot of sniping is going on within progressive circles. Lots of folks are supporting Vice President Al Gore—some believe that he’s the best candidate, others that he’s the only George W. Bush opponent who actually has a shot of winning. Of course, others support Green Party hopeful Ralph Nader. I’m one of those, and I can tell you what they’re telling me: “Nader’s a wasted vote.” (How is it wasted if I’ve voted my conscience?) “A vote for Nader is a vote for Bush.” (No, it’s a vote for Nader.) “Think about the Supreme Court.” (Umm…) What would a Bush presidency mean for the nation’s highest court? A panel of experts, including the Alliance for Justice’s Nan Aron and Karen O’Conner of American University, tackle “The Least Dangerous Branch?: The Supreme Court Under Bush” tonight. I hope they’ll note that most justices appointed under Republican administrations turn out to be pretty damned liberal on the bench (well, except for Scalia and Thomas). The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. at American University in the Butler Pavilion’s sixth-floor boardroom, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. (202) 885-3491. (ND)