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Corruption is old news — but no less urgent

April 6, 2013
Editorial by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Publisher Catherine Moore, Managing Editor Peter Crowley

Part of last summer's movie "Lincoln" resonates loudly in New York today. The president's secretary of state, William H. Seward, knew our Empire State all too well; he had previously been its governor and one of its U.S. senators. In one scene in the movie, Mr. Seward (played by David Strathairn) advises the president that passing the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery - a noble end - will require some not-so-noble means, such as twisting congressmen's arms and bribing them with patronage jobs. The president, of course, doesn't want to personally get involved in that dirty business, and neither does Seward - so they'll have to hire some people who specialize in this kind of chicanery.



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