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'Big Men': Is Trump America's Berlusconi?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in front of a wax statue of John Wayne during a news conference at the John Wayne Museum on Jan. 19 in Winterset, Iowa. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

A wealthy businessman-turned-politician promised his countrymen a “miracle,” serving voters a cocktail of bombastic nationalist rhetoric and boasts about his business acumen.  

Prominent publications such as The New York Times branded him “a man of no particular ideology,” who “exploited vague slogans” on the campaign trail. The Economist, Roll Call's sister publication, called him “a controversial tycoon with few coherent policies,” observing that the man “acts like a businessman who has seen a market niche ... and is rushing to fill it.”  

Office Space: Bill Pascrell's Paterson Park

Pascrell is poured a sample glass from Opus One Winery in Oakville, Calif., last year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J., recalls his baseball glory days, explains his Italian knighthood and shows off his cigar collection.