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February 25, 2013

Republicans Losing Message War on Sequester

"The Republicans' message on the sequester couldn't be clearer: They don't have a unified one," Politico reports.

"There seem to be three distinct camps: Most congressional Republicans appear willing to let the sequester happen since they can't replace it in time. Others want the cuts to be even deeper. And still others wish that House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama would just get in the same room and negotiate a deal, even if it includes the tax hikes that most Republicans abhor."

First Read: "So here's the GOP's muddled message: First, these cuts could cost jobs and money; second, the Obama administration is trying to scare the American people about these cuts; and third, these cuts could cost jobs and money. What's happening here: Congressional GOPers are split."

Roll Call: "The seemingly inevitable sequester cuts that will slash $85 billion from the federal budget on Friday reflect not only Washington's political paralysis but a bitter lobbying failure for K Street interests across the board."


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