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Capitol Perspective: The costs of candor

The Todd Akin controversy has reminded me of other times that Missouri politicians have gotten into trouble for misspeaking — or, maybe, for saying what they truly believed, but subsequently claimed were mistakes in their language.

As journalists, we appreciate those sources who speak to us with unrestrained candor. But we sometimes extract a heavy price for the candor we seek.

That lesson was demonstrated in the early 1980s shortly

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