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    Trump’s Debt Deal With Democrats Blindsides GOP

    They’re at a loss. President Donald Trump’s agreement on Wednesday with top Democrats to raise the federal debt ceiling and fund the government for three months caught Republicans by surprise. The bipartisan deal, part of an agreement to fast-track nearly $8 billion in Hurricane Harvey relief funds, scuttled their hope of postponing the vote on the ceiling — a touchy political issue — until after next year’s midterm elections. While the deal signals Trump’s potential willingness to reach across the aisle, it also complicates his already strained relations with his own party.

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