Richard Perez Pena


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   A new president arrived from a new party. The balance of power shifted in Congress.
Legions of fresh new faces showed up in the nation’s capital with new ideas, eager
to upend the way the country does business. The year was 2000, and Cox Newspapers had about 30 people in Washington to cover the new Bush administration.
    Eight years later, a similar transformation is under way, the stakes heightened by
two foreign wars and the worst economic collapse in decades, but Cox will not be
there to cover it. Cox, the publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The
Austin American-Statesman and 15 other papers, announced this month that its
Washington bureau would simply close its doors on April 1.

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