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The congressional cussing caucus is in need of new members.
The Capitol lost its prince of profanity when Rahm Emanuel left for the White House five months ago. But it’s not just Emanuel’s departure that has turned Congress less blue. Gone, too, are Joe Biden — whose F-bombs are now largely confined to the Naval Observatory
— and Tim Mahoney, the Florida Democrat who lost his reelection bid after admitting to “numerous” extramarital affairs.
“He said f—- all the time,” recalls a former Mahoney senior aide. “He cursed people. He called Barney Frank names; he called everybody names. He called his friends names, his enemies names, and always with f——— and a———.”
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Length in days of the sentence Russian blogger Alexei Navalny served for leading an opposition rally last year:
Israeli researchers developed software that evaluates the depression of bloggers.
It was revealed that reading material recovered during the U.S. raid of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan included Popular Science, Time, silk-screening instructions, and a suicide-prevention manual called “Is It the Heart You Are Asking?”
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”