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Study Finds Congress Spends 27% Of Its Time Taunting

In this 2006 photo, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid gives a speech on the Senate floor. (AP)

In this 2006 photo, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid gives a speech on the Senate floor. (AP)

It may not be “your momma,” but sometimes it’s close.

In the course of their study on information processing, Gary King and his staff reviewed 64,000 congressional press releases. He and his Harvard team discovered that congressmen and women spend more than a quarter of their time on partisan taunting.

Professor King speaks with us about the details behind this distressing statistic and what it means for the political culture of the United States.


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