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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
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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“I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.”