The Word From Washington

Representative Patrick Kennedy caused a stir on Capitol Hill and provided C-SPAN with its most exciting programming in years when he launched a diatribe against the press from the House floor. Kennedy also gave The Washington Post some insight into his decision to retire from Congress at the end of this year.

Meanwhile, State Rep. David Segal (D-Dist. 2, Providence, East Providence) and nine other State Representatives penned a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan requesting “guidance on the effort to adopt a school funding formula in Rhode Island.” The lawmakers fear that without a funding formula Rhode Island could miss out on the opportunity to get federal funds through President Obama’s Race to the Top program, and hope that a statement by the Secretary will spur action in the statehouse.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse took to the opinion page of Politico to voice his dismay at the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Citizens United case.

And if the ongoing healthcare reform debate had members of Congress feeling frenzied, they could have chilled out with Brown’s own The Low Anthem at two of the District’s premier music venues.

— Dan Davidson

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