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June 12, 2014

Republicans Brace for Another Round of Infighting

"The sudden and decisive fall of the House majority leader, Eric Cantor of Virginia, at the hands of a conservative primary opponent tore open divisions among Republicans on Wednesday, setting off a new wave of fear that the internecine feuding would stymie policy-making and imperil Republican presidential prospects in 2016," the New York Times reports.

"That fury will ensure a gridlocked capital for at least the rest of this year and perhaps for the remainder of Mr. Obama's presidency. It also raises new doubts about Washington's ability to conduct the most basic functions of government, suggesting the possibility of another round, or rounds, of brinkmanship on funding the government and measures to keep the country from defaulting on its debt."

Wall Street Journal: "The House's most conservative lawmakers emboldened by Mr. Cantor's downfall saw it as an opportunity to expand their power and attempt to push the party's agenda to the right on issues including immigration and spending."


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