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Overheard on the Hill

“It’s quite plain that Lord Grantham has made quite a catastrophic investment that is going to bring down — talk about jumping off a fiscal cliff — it’s going to bring down the entire structure of the world that he knows.”

Hugh Bonneville, the actor who plays Lord Grantham on “Downton Abbey,” using Washington’s political metaphor du jour to describe a major plot point in the upcoming season of the PBS hit.

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