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The long view: Why Republicans aren’t shutting down the government over Obamacare

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The Senate just voted down Sen. Ted Cruz’s, R-Texas, amendment to the House-passed Continuing Resolution that would have defunded Obamacare. The 45-52 vote went down entirely along party lines. If a similar vote had taken place in the House, a similar result would have been likely. But since Republicans are the majority in the House, that amendment would have become part of the CR, and the...