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IN BRIEF

White House Sees Signs of Congressional Mutiny

NOVEMBER 20, 2009 by SHELDON RICHMAN

“Growing discontent over the economy and frustration with efforts to speed its recovery boiled over Thursday on Capitol Hill in a wave of criticism and outright anger directed at the Obama administration.” (Washington Post, Friday)

The quest for reelection outweighs all loyalties.

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SHELDON RICHMAN

Sheldon Richman is the former editor of The Freeman and TheFreemanOnline.org, and a contributor to The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. He is the author of Separating School and State: How to Liberate America's Families.

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