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JAN 17, 2013 - National Journal

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In Congress, Compromise Is a 4-Letter Word

NEW YORK—Janice Hahn swirls 20-year-old port in a wineglass and raises it to her lips. “Ooh,” she purrs, “that’s good.” Sitting to her left, Reid Ribble excavates a scoop of vanilla ice cream from his bowl and plops it on her plate with a fork. She smiles and mouths a thank-you.Hahn is a House Democrat, Ribble a House Republican—and they are drinking to more than good fortunes. Nine members of Congress (six Democrats and three Republicans) have gathered at the Southgate Restaurant across from Central Park to discuss their embattled institution, somewhat incongruously amid candle flames ... Read More

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