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April 29, 2009

Refusing To Move For Darfur

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On it’s face, it’s a laudable expression of conscience we’re witnessing here. The photo documents U.S. Rep. John Lewis, the lifelong civil rights activist, and Rep. Jim McGovern being arrested for refusing to move from the entrance of the Sudanese embassy in D.C. on Monday.

On the other hand — with McGovern’s pocket turned inside out to show he’s got nothing — the image raises the question of how much leadership the Congress and the White House have been, and could be exercising on the issue.

(image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images. Washington. April 27, 2009)

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