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The GOP's Conspicuous Absence From Selma

In this Feb. 25, 2014, photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters following a meeting on Capitol Hill in W
In this Feb. 25, 2014, photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters following a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner has a possible escape from the homeland security funding impasse if he’s willing to use it: cooperative Democrats. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

This afternoon, in the hot center of the state of Alabama, a parade of Americans will pay homage to a historic march. Meeting on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, on which hundreds of black Americans were beaten for the crime of standing up to their government, Barack Obama will remember a heroic feat of rebellion, and a brutal act of repression. The president, the White House has announced, will speak personally “about what it means to stand on the spot where police beat and gassed 600 unarmed protestors,” and he will explain what the moment means to him as an African American.

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