The Presidency: The Capital's Poison

The Capital's Poison

All things considered, the Federal Government is probably as free of big raw scandal and corruption as it has been since its very first years. James Madison wrote in the Federalist Papers that there would always be some people trying to cheat the system, but his faith rested in the belief that there would be more people trying to keep it honest. A pretty good hunch.

Over the past two centuries, we've had just about every type of schemer and scoundrel, and we've risen up and investigated, passed laws and codified standards of behavior in Government. All of that has helped....

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