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Timothy P. Carney: Taxpayers often win when special interests fight each other

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Senate Republicans defied the bank lobby earlier this month, killing a bank subsidy. You could credit a newfound free-market populism in the GOP's Tea Party wing, but old-fashioned partisan animosity and competing special-interest lobbyists played a bigger role. The death of the Transaction Account Guarantee, or TAG, didn't make many waves outside the financial industry, but it could be...