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Robert Strauss dies at 95; former Democratic Party chairman
Robert Strauss dies at 95; former Democratic Party chairman

Robert S. Strauss, a one-time chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a Washington insider who combined earthy Texas charm with raw political power, died Wednesday. He was 95. A spokesman for Strauss' Washington law firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, confirmed his death but would release no other details. A U.S. trade representative in the Carter administration, Strauss was a poker-playing, cigar-chomping, power-lunch-eating rainmaker who was so successful at recruiting mega-clients that he stopped billing by the hour in the 1970s. "What made him unusual and attractive in a community of political social climbers was that he made no attempt to disguise his own...

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