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    Did GOP Leaders Unleash a RINO?

    He’s an unpredictable beast. Being branded “Republican in Name Only” has increasingly plagued moderates as the party’s base has migrated rightward. But now GOP House and Senate leaders, Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who were blindsided Wednesday by President Trump’s debt-ceiling deal with Democratic leaders, have paradoxically been branded as RINOs by right-wing stalwart Lou Dobbs. Dealing with the Dems, he argued, was necessitated by congressional obstructionism. The deal avoids a federal shutdown and pleases some investors, and it might just prod Republicans into uniting behind the president’s agenda.

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