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One of the school assignments in the U.S. House of Representative's page program required Dan Grages to author his own legislation. The red-marked version he holds shows his first draft and his teacher's criticism, while the clean sheet is the final version. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Front row seat to history in making

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MONTEVIDEO -- There was no hiding the passion as congressmen debated issues ranging from a $700 billion taxpayer-funded bailout to offshore oil drilling.

The debates that flared during the previous session of Congress convinced Dan Grages that our government is hardly the stuffy, formal process he imagined from reading textbooks.

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