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Editorial: Tom Foley leaves behind admirable legacy

Former Speaker of the House Tom Foley, a dominant figure in the congressional politics of the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s, died this week from complications of a stroke suffered last December. While a staunch Democrat during a Democrat-dominated era, Foley, like so many politicians of his era, was able to work across the aisle as needed without fear of being tarred and feathered by his own party. His death at such a pivotal time in recent politics — a day after the end of the partial government shutdown — offered a teachable moment in the world of politics.

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