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Steve and Cokie Roberts: History teaches good lesson about taking the same side

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BOSTON — In the early 1980s, Tip O’Neill played the same role that John Boehner does now — speaker of the House, while a popular president from the other party dominates the political debate. O’Neill (who left office in 1987 and died in 1994) would have turned 100 this month, so it’s appropriate to contemplate what his relationship with Ronald Reagan teaches about today’s Washington.


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