The Sausage Factory

Joe Courtney, freshman Democratic representative and all-around good guy, has become a China hawk, ginning up baseless fears of Beijing's submarine fleet and demagogically helping to launch a new, needless arms race. After all, his district contains 6,000 jobs in the nuclear submarine business and the whole Democratic caucus is really, really eager to help him get re-elected. Brad Plumer has the story.

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