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October 29th, 2013
06:31 PM ET

The Lead Read: 'Things That Matter'

According to The New York Daily News, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn was speaking at a Manhattan gala Monday, and reportedly said, "There's no comity with Harry Reid. I think he's an absolute a-hole."

CNN asked coburn about it Tuesday, and he refused comment. But Reid's office fired back, saying, "Nothing says 'comity' like childish playground name-calling, especially from a senator who has not sponsored a single piece of successful bipartisan legislation during his entire Senate career."

When CNN asked Coburn if he planned to talk to his frenemy anytime soon, he said he would. To be a fly on the wall.

Someone who praises the benefits of curse words is conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer. He dedicated an entire column to defending the f-word, like when former Vice President Dick Cheney decided to lay it on Senator Patrick Leahy.

It's all in his new book, "Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics."

Check out our interview with the author in the video above.

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