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7 Political Disagreements Settled With Fists and Hair-Pulling

Getty Images Anyone with even a fleeting relationship to political news these days has probably noticed that partisan bickering in the U.S. Congress has reached a bit of a crescendo of late. So we got to thinking: When do politicians just give up on the vitriolic rhetoric and throw a punch? The answer: more often than you’d [...]

When Congressmen Attack!

This slide show is subtitled “Pistols, canes, bowie knives, and fireplace tongs: a brief history of congressional violence.” Read 14 accounts of our representatives in Washington acting in ways that we don’t expect. Upset with Massachusetts Sen. Charles Sumner’s abolitionist rhetoric, South Carolina Rep. Preston Brooks approached him on the Senate floor and beat him unconscious [...]