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A sign marking Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery, where many fallen soldiers from the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts are buried, is seen July 3, 2010, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The gravestone of John David Morton is seen at section 60 in Arlington National Cemetery, May 30, 2011.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Speaker Paul Ryan and his Republican allies in the U.S. House were quick to insist that Democrats, too, would be outraged if they held the majority and minority Republicans staged a sit-in on the chamber floor. Ryan and colleagues have a point. Yet more telling is: Why the extraordinary protest, civil disobedience Capitol Hill-style, the television cameras shutting down, Democrats left to communicate via their smartphones?