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PAST POLITICS: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That seems to be the mantra of two newly displaced Republican lawmakers who have found work in the halls of academe.

Bill Owens, former governor of Colorado, and James A. Leach, a former U.S. congressman from Iowa, will start limited roles this year as political scholars. Mr. Owens, 56, will be a part-time fellow at the University of Denver's Institute for Public Policy Studies and Mr. Leach, 64, will serve a three-semester stint as a