Story | Jul 7, 2014
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Story | Jun 28, 2014 | 4:55 AMToday, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is celebrated across the United States and its historical virtue extolled in textbooks. Fifty years ago, however, as it made its way through Congress, the landmark legislation was intensely polarizing. Debate on the bill in the Senate lasted 114 days, longer than any other in the chamber's history, and included a 14-hour filibuster by Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.V.). President Lyndon B. Johnson even acknowledged the bill's potential political consequences, telling Kennedy aide Ted Sorensen that "I know the risks are great and we might lose the South, but those sorts of states may be lost anyway." The following quotes come from the lead-up, the debate and the passage of the bill.
Column | Jun 29, 2014 | 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- At a time when the Republican Party needs a heavy dose of compromise to bring functionality back to government, one of its most admirable models of goodwill and working across the aisle has departed with the death at 88 of Howard Henry Baker...
Story | Jun 26, 2014 | 11:07 AM
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