Rep. Obey, powerful democrat, to retire

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Rep. David Obey, an influential democrat in the House of Representatives, announced he would not seek reelection at the end of his term in November. Obey who represents Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District, is the third-most senior member of the house and is the chairman of the Appropriations Committee. He served in Congress for more than four decades.

We talk with John Bresnahan, the capitol bureau chief of Politico, about Obey’s legacy and what his decision means for the Democratic Party.

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