October 18th, 2013
04:18 PM ET

Shutdown: What we learned

Former U.S. House Speaker Tom Foley died at his home in Washington, D.C., his wife Heather confirmed Friday.

Foley, 84, was a Democrat who represented Washington state in the House for 30 years and served as speaker from 1989 to January 1995.

After his tenure on Capitol Hill, he was appointed U.S. ambassador to Japan by President Bill Clinton. He served from 1997 to 2001.


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  1. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Okay, what did I miss here ? The headline says "Shutdown : What we learned. And then the story is all about Former US House Speaker Tom Foley. So, we learned that if you shut down the government a former House Speaker will pass away !?

    October 18, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Right?! What the.........?

      October 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      EXACTLY! I had to re read & pinch myselt to make sure!

      October 19, 2013 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Lol @ bobcat i hear ya. Too bad about Mr. Foley can't say i would be upset if it was Boehner tho i don't wish death on ppl.

    October 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    What we Americans should learn is to get into the habit of knowing whats going on in Washington and let 'em know we know, care and will hold them accountable.
    We have become rather complacent.

    October 18, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    rest assured folks (lol) those up on the Hill would have learned nothing. Thick skinned you know.

    October 18, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    RIP Tom Foley.

    October 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Now i wonder if HIS wife recieved a years pay as a death benefit?

    October 18, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Probably not since he was a democrat.

    October 18, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Chrissy, Frank Lautenberg was a Democrat, also, and his widow gets the death benefit because he died in office. Corey Booker was just elected to take his place.

      October 18, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Insert name sideways up your

    Open treason is a prosecutable offense, yet the Pres has said more than once that he won't go after them.
    Here they continue to seek the destruction of our country. They are true "domestic enemies" and should be stopped.

    October 18, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I agree. Get rid of the Tea Party.

      October 18, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Agreed @ Insert name and as long as they are not stopped they will continue and only get worse over time....because they can!

    October 19, 2013 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |