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27% of Congressional communication is straight-up taunting

[A] Harvard University professor has analyzed [Congress]’s behavior, using computers to look for trends in members’ writings. And he’s learned something that might help explain why Congress is having such trouble working out a deal this week.

He learned, to his amazement, that modern members of Congress spend about 27 percent of the time just taunting each other.

Via Gawker.

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The state of Constitutional justification in the House of Representatives

To nobody’s surprise, the GOP promise to cite Constitutional authority for every bill turns out to have been a meaningless promise.

Now some Republicans aren’t worrying too much about it. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., who introduced the NPR bill, filed a “Constitutional Authority Statement” that consisted entirely of six words: “Article I, Section 8, Clause 1.” For those of you scoring at home, that part of the Constitution allows Congress to “lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises.”

For what it’s worth, the Democrats haven’t embraced it, mostly just citing the Commerce Clause.

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Murray Hill Incorporated for Congress

According to the Supreme Court, corporations have all the rights of individuals. Testing this principle, a PR firm is running for Congress.

SIEGEL: And your corporate candidate, Murray Hill Inc., hopes to run in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. Is that the district selected?

Mr. HENSAL: Yes, it’s Maryland Congressional District 8. We’re currently working on getting to become a registered voter, which we were just recently rejected. So we have to work on our response to that. But we need to be a registered voter to run in the Republican primary, which is the place we feel would be most hospitable to a corporate candidate. At least initially, but I guess down the road, you know, the logic of the decision again plays out, and the parties really won’t be so relevant. But for now, we think the Republican primary would be a place to be.

Via NPR

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Joe the Congressman Would Assault His Colleagues

Wurzelbacher has been pondering a run for Congress and said, “If I became a congressman I would literally bang people's heads together and probably get in a lot of trouble.”

Literally!

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