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Sarah Binder Legislative Politics PSC 2118 Class Notes from April 20 and 22nd

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Our papers are due next week. At the beginning of class on the 22nd we talked about Loretta Lynch's time waiting for a confirmation vote. Also the Ratios for senate floor votes to cloture motions.
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This 12 page Class Notes was uploaded by Amanda Rewerts on Thursday April 23, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to PSC 2218 at George Washington University taught by Sarah Binder in Spring2015. Since its upload, it has received 118 views. For similar materials see Legislative Politics in Political Science at George Washington University.

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