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Book Review: The Waxman Report by Joshua Green

The Waxman Report: How Congress Really Works

By Henry Waxman with Joshua Green; Twelve; 235 pages

Despite what you may have heard, Congress is a "tremendous force for good," argues Representative Henry Waxman in a readable new book packed with supporting evidence. Beginning with the dramatic 1994 hearing at which seven Big Tobacco CEOs famously swore they didn't think nicotine was addictive, the 18-term California Democrat recounts three decades of slugfests over public health. Waxman's legislative trophy case--bolstered by numerous bipartisan victories--is impressive. Among the highlights are battles to secure funding for HIV/AIDS research at a time when at least one...

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