Two contrasting scenes in Washington, D.C., on Friday and Saturday limned the sharp political divisions in the United States as the Trump presidency gets underway, a state of polarization that has become familiar in recent decades of gridlocked government.
The wave was even bigger than it looked on the networks' election-night maps. Republicans picked up so many seats in state legislatures that the party will control 68 of the nation's 98 partisan chambers come January - the most since 1920, a time of flappers, bathtub gin, and the Model T.
Pennsylvania lawmakers returned to Harrisburg Monday like the swallows to Capistrano, except with $159 per diems. If House Speaker Sam Smith (R., Jefferson) has anything to do with it, fewer of them will be making the annual post-summer migration in the future.
Those were the days. In this autumn of Philadelphia's discontent, with the schools crippled, a mayor who seems more technocrat than visionary, and a ho-hum field of possible successors, the city turns its lonely eyes to . . . Ed Rendell.
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