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Gingrich Shut Down the Government in a Tantrum 23 Years Ago

And American politics have never been the same.
Source: J.Scott Applewhite / AP

I’ve had it in my desk drawer for 23 years: a pink plastic pacifier, tucked into a piece of glossy card stock, with a cartoon of a diaper-clad Newt Gingrich brandishing a baby bottle and stomping his foot, and the caption, It’s a treasured artifact

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