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Is John Boehner, 2013, the New Joe Cannon, 1910?

(2) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 12:10 PM


How long has the United States House of Representatives been broken? John Boehner (R.-Ohio) is not the first House Speaker to get his nose bloodied by overactive insurgents in his own Party Caucus, and the wound he suffered last past week from his Republican...

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Congress' Calendar for 2013: 239 Days Off

(9) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 8:36 AM

What's the best job on earth? Why, of course, to be a Member of the United States Congress.

This week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor proudly announced the calendar for the new Congress in 2013. Here's the link. Working days for the entire year total 126, leaving...

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An Idea for Barack Obama: Why Not Pick Sen. Dick Lugar as Secretary of State?

(67) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 8:33 AM

So, President Obama, you need a new Secretary of State to replace Hillary Clinton, but you don't like any of the choices sitting on your desk? You think Susan Rice deserves it and would do a great job, but she comes with too much controversy? You feel you owe John...

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Lincoln, the Man and the Movie: A Reality Check

(4) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 1:21 PM

Lincoln, the new movie directed by Stephen Spielberg and based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's best-selling Team of Rivals, is a reassuring delight for fans of the great President who saved the Union and ended slavery, especially after last summer's strange detour into Lincoln's secret career as Vampire Hunter. The new...

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Is It Time to Scrap the National Political Conventions?

(22) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 4:19 PM

Washington, DC -- When Republicans and Democrats meet at their national conventions to anoint Mitt Romney and Barack Obama as their Party nominees for President of the United States, few Americans will bother to interrupt their summer vacations long enough to watch more than a speech or two from either...

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