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Grassley v. Roberts

Grassley v. Roberts

Anger and rebuke have not been in short supply of late. Nor have they been confined to Republican presidential politics — although the Big Apple tabloid putdowns of Sen. Ted "We all know what New York values are" Cruz may have hit the high note for outright hostility. Former President Bill Clinton got a dose of comeuppance as well from Black Lives Matter protesters in Philadelphia. In such an extended fit of pique, it might be easy to overlook the fiery speech Sen. Charles Grassley gave on the Senate floor on Tuesday.

What or who caught the ire of the 82-year-old Republican from Iowa who serves as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee? Was it Judge Merrick Garland,...