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Say what you will about Rep. Anthony Weiner, and sometimes we do. But he managed to shout his way into the American spotlight with an adrenaline fest on the House floor attacking Republicans' overall resistance to the 9/11 aid bill, and got his point illuminated as surely as others have done via the scream. See the video below. Afterward, Fox News balanced the account sentimentally on behalf of Rep. Peter King and his Republican conference. King noted he has been at odds with fellow GOP'ers on the issue, while also noting that "Democrats control the House."

 In the Fox tape (below the Weiner House-floor rant), you'll see Weiner and King duking it out in person. Other parts of the nation, however, might not understand that both gentlemen are from what's sometimes been called the metropolitan area's confrontation belt. This area runs roughly  from the West Shore of Staten Island all the way to the Moriches. Within its vague borders, we are expected to be in each other's faces.

Not that this matter before the Congress wasn't a serious and legitimately impassioned fight. But the "discussion" between King and Weiner could have taken place either with each man standing in front of a deli on Avenue U, or, with each seated behind the wheel of his automobile on the Long Island Expressway, perhaps after one cuts the other off (for argument's sake let's make it around Exit 32).

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