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BOSTON (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has joined the board of directors of Kadant Inc., a Westford-based paper company.

Brown said he looked forward to "contributing to the future direction" of the company.

Kadant president Jonathan Painter said the company welcomed the chance to draw on Brown's "wealth of experience on local, state, national and international issues." The company describes itself as a leading supplier to the global pulp and paper industry.

The nation is fast approaching the so-called fiscal cliff, and after last week’s school shooting in Connecticut and the addition of gun policy to the legislative agenda, it’s unclear whether democrats and republicans will be able to make up their minds on anything before the end of the lame duck session.

The Clintons continue to be major players in American politics despite both being out of elected office. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Bill Clinton remains a Democratic kingpin.

President Obama’s reelection could have major repercussions for the future of the Supreme Court. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the president is likely to make another nomination or two during his second term.

Super PACs and other issue groups spent billions during the campaign season. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that many big spenders were met with diminishing returns.

The presidential election was tight, but in the end, President Obama won a second term. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that state polls were mostly accurate this cycle.

China’s currency tactics have become a national talking point. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens — a Democrat running for reelection in the new 21st district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that such manipulation hurts the U.S. economy.

Candidates are scrambling to reach voters in the final days of the campaign. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens — a Democrat running for reelection in the new 21st district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is hopeful he will be sent back to Washington.

By this time next week, the election will be decided. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens — a Democrat running for reelection in the new 21st district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that dealing with tax reform is high on the list of what needs to be done next in Washington.

No matter who controls Washington after the election, major issues await. In today’s Congressional Corner, Bob Dieterich – the Republican candidate for New York’s new 20th district seat currently held by Democrat Paul Tonko — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is ready to contribute solutions.

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