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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Senate is not always as civil as it makes itself out to be. In 1856, after delivering a series of abolitionist speeches, Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts was nearly beaten to death in the chamber by Representative Preston Brooks, a South Carolinian who laid in wait and greeted Sumner with a gutta-percha cane with a…

IMAGE: U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) addresses the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Legislative Conference and Presidential Forum in Washington March 9, 2015. Reuters.