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Members Succumb to March Madness

Ahhh, the middle of March. That time of year when the eyes of the nation turn away from anything and everything business-related and become locked on whatever electronic device is handy — TV, computer, smartphone — in order to keep track of that all-important commodity: one’s meticulously crafted NCAA bracket.  

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Politicos are not exempt from the collective obsession with the men’s basketball championship tournament. President Barack Obama has, for several years now, gone on record with his prognostications.  

And plenty of sports fans on Capitol Hill — be they alumni of those on the hunt for a national title or proud supporters of the athletes they represent — love to trade barbs (and bet regional delicacies ) in pursuit of ultimate bragging rights. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., is feeling so confident about the University of Kansas Jayhawks' chances, he’s already put Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., on notice.