Jesse Ventura Update (Not Running for Prez)

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This will be your last Jesse Ventura post for 2008, hopefully. Speculation about Ventura running for president was ill-founded. He used his appearance on Larry King Live to tell America three things: (1) He supports Ron Paul. (2) He’d rather vote for “none of the above” than McCain, Obama, or Clinton. (3) He’d like to run for president, but it’s too late to get in the race and he’d never raise enough money.

And now we’re done with this weird little subplot.

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That's why donations big and small make up 74 percent of our budget this year. There is no backup to keep us going, no alternate revenue source, no secret benefactor. If readers don’t donate, we won’t be here. It's that simple.

And if you can help us out with a donation right now, all online gifts will be matched thanks to an incredibly generous matching gift pledge.

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