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Jim Riggleman Goes Off DC Script

Posted June 26, 2011 | 13:41:06 (EST)

Jim Riggleman grew up in the Maryland suburbs outside Washington D.C. But it's clear he doesn't know much about the culture of the Federal City.

No one quits here. Absent personal disgrace (see Anthony Weiner) or historic ignominy (see Richard M. Nixon), no one in Washington walks away from the...

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Ways and Means

Posted August 13, 2010 | 13:53:27 (EST)

In the death of Rep. Dan Rostenkowski of Chicago, there is for some of us a kind of guilty pleasure.

The obits have struggled to give the former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee his due as a legislator, as a master of reaching bipartisan...

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I Gave at the Office

Posted May 13, 2010 | 19:06:09 (EST)

Back in early 1976 I was running a bar on H St. NW in Washington D.C. The Class Reunion was a saloon for grown ups, a gathering place for reporters, lawyers, politicos, PR types and, after hours, other bar people and people I let stay and drink for free.

One...

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Eric Massa and the Small Town Democrats

Posted March 10, 2010 | 11:30:11 (EST)

My father was the town Democrat. At least it felt that way growing up in Corning, N.Y.

Before my father, my maternal grandfather pretty much held the title in the small, scenic company town (Corning Inc.) in the Republican stronghold of southwestern New York State.

Joe Daley and...

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Obama's Home-Grown GOP Problem

Posted February 23, 2010 | 13:17:52 (EST)

Political fights in Chicago are for the most part intramural affairs. They are famously raucous, play out at high volume and are sometimes genuinely ugly. But it's Democrat on Democrat, and it always has been.

Perhaps that is part of the reason President Obama and his Chicago-based inner circle...

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