December Shorts

Quick takes for this month.

By: Garrett M. Graff

“Brian Lamb”—The two words that the C-Span host has never uttered on air, according to a recent roast of the legendary newsman.

“I like my wine French, my beer German, my vodka Russian, and my judicial system American.”—Chief Justice John Roberts during a panel discussion at the University of South Carolina.

88: Age of West Virginia senator Robert C. Byrd on Election Day, when he won a ninth six-year term.

1: Number of Muslims elected to Congress in November. Keith Ellison of Minnesota will be the first Muslim ever to serve in Congress.