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Why The Republican Congress's First Act Was To Declare War On Math

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 6:
House Speaker John Boehner(R-OH), left, administers the oath to House members on opening day of
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 6: House Speaker John Boehner(R-OH), left, administers the oath to House members on opening day of the 114th Congress, on January, 06, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The first substantive act of the new, all-Republican Congress was a telling one: House and Senate leaders, now in partisan accord and able to impose an undiluted partisan imprint upon the institution, struck a blow in their decades-long struggle on behalf of low taxes for the rich and against the bookkeeping standards that have stood in their way.

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