WATCHING WASHINGTON THE HEARINGS GAME

With Patrick Crow If you're like most Americans, television may have given you a mental image of a congressional hearing: an indignant congressman jabbing his finger in the air while lecturing a recalcitrant witness. Even if your stereotype is different, it's probably equally wrong. Such drama is the exception, not the rule. When Congress is in session, it may conduct as many as 50 hearings daily-about all its facilities can handle.

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