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Consensus on Capitol Hill: House passes a good, not great, budget deal

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
House Republican leadership was thoroughly unwilling to fight over the budget plan, either with Democrats or with their conservative wing.

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  1. Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 12/13/2013 - 10:36 am.

    Consensus in Washington.

    I’m not sure I’d agree that Keith Ellison is an “ideological hard liner” for holding out against things like discontinuation of unemployment benefits. It’s unfair to put him in the same league as Bachmann whose teajihad is against things like taxing “carried interest” paid to hedge fund billionaires at ordinary rates.

    I’m glad to hear that some of these matters can be brought up later, though with this Congress, deservedly having the worst approval rating in history, I’m not keeping my hopes up that anything good will come out of it.

  2. Submitted by Jerilyn Jackson on 12/13/2013 - 12:19 pm.

    My thought exactly, Jon.

    Since when is protecting unemployment benefits a far left position? As E.J. Dionne Jr. discusses in the Star Trib column today, the Republicans know exactly what they’re doing in claiming “moderation” while the tea partiers make a fuss.

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