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Leaderless Party Endures Humiliating Week

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JOHN BOEHNER
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses as he takes reporters' questions on NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the economy, and the unfinished work of the House in passing a spending bill, as Congress prepares to leave for a five-week recess, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) | AP

Thirty years ago President Ronald Reagan hosted a luncheon at the White House to commemorate the centennial of the birth of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It was surely lost on no one in attendance that Reagan and FDR were modern antitheses, at least in American political terms. Reagan’s project and his movement existed to roll back FDR’s most lasting accomplishments.

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