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Gene Healy: D.C. is capital of the absurd

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Like most of this company town, I'm addicted to Netflix's Beltway "telenovela," "House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey as a conspiratorial House majority whip. But the show unwittingly flatters D.C., depicting a city of ruthless, steely competence. The real thing is a clown show consumed by trivialities. On his way into work Friday, a friend heard the Senate chaplain's cry for help,...