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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
Percentage increase in the annual number of polio cases in Pakistan since 2005:
A bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles was found in northwestern China; and a spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that “this is the earliest empirical evidence of noodles ever found.”
A federal judge sentenced the journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison for sharing a link to information stolen from the private-intelligence firm Stratfor by a hacker in 2011. “Good news!” Brown said in a statement. “They’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.”
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