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Capitol Perspectives: Powers and Problems for House Speakers

by Phill Brooks

There is a fascinating common element to what’s happening in Washington and Missouri’s House. The common element involves the problems facing House speakers. And the troubles facing both men can best be described by phrases that start with the letter “T.”

For U.S. House Speaker John Boehner the phrase is “Tea Party,” whose supporters are imposing demands that have restricted negotiating a compromise on the budget. For

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