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brian beutler
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Repealing Obamacare and implementing the Ryan budget is what the GOP exists to do. And if the top Republican in the Senate won't defend his party's positions politically, there's every reason to suspect the party itself wouldn't be able to execute on the vision, if ever given the chance. 

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That this legacy would be procedural in nature, and born of confrontation, is an amazingly appropriate testament to Boehner and this majority.

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I think a judicious study of the realities Karl Rove has been able to create wouldn't flatter him. And that we'd all be better off if he and his confederates started taking things as they are, not as they'd like things to be. 

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Companies like Hobby Lobby have morally forfeited their claims to the full protections of corporate separateness. But under the law, they get to keep all of them. Because the game is rigged.

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Conservatives are of the incoherent view that the agreed upon terms of Bergdahl's release weren't worth it, and that those terms should have been proportional to an evaluation of his conduct that can only be conducted with any legitimacy now that the deal is done.

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The risk to Republicans is that their incessant politicking of the VA scandal will increase the public's expectation of Congressional action, at which point Republicans will have to kill vet-backed Democratic legislation without offering an alternative, or propose a privatization plan that will backfire politically. Or else they'll have to cave.
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