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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Every year as we study the Constitution, I show the students Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. It is an amazing 1939 film with an incredible cast —Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Harry Carey, Claude Rains— directed by Frank Capra. … Continue reading

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Hiram Revels

One hundred forty-five years ago today, on February 25, 1870, Hiram Revels (1827-1901) was sworn in as a U.S. Senator from Mississippi, the very first black man to hold this position. This was during Reconstruction, that brief, decade-long experiment in … Continue reading

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

We have been watching Mr Smith Goes to Washington all week and finally finished it today. It’s such a perfect film–so well acted (Jean Arthur and Jimmy Stewart are superb), so relevant to the role of money in politics today. At … Continue reading

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Alaska and Oregon—Too far to drown my sorrows

xxxxxxx Someone please— Cheer. Me. Up. Alaska and Oregon —Too far to drown my sorrows.

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Fix the Senate now

Yes. It is time to change the Senate’s filibuster rules back to their original intent. Presently the silent filibuster, where only the threat of a filibuster is declared or more often insinuated in the backrooms of the Senate, forces all … Continue reading

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