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The House expels Myers

Ever since throwing out two Confederate members as traitors in 1861, the House of Representatives has taken a tolerant view of rascality in its ranks. Only rarely has the House taken formal notice of a colleague's misdeeds—and then, at worst, it has merely censured the offender verbally or, in a few cases, stripped him of seniority and committee chairmanships. This fraternal forbearance stemmed partly from the Representatives' clubby regard for one another and partly from their belief that in a democracy, voters have the right to be represented by...

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