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Trump's GOP ditches fiscal conservatism as budget deal clips wings of deficit hawks

Trump's GOP ditches fiscal conservatism as budget deal clips wings of deficit hawks

The tea party movement that shook up the Republican Party eight years ago flickered to life this week when Congress muscled through a major budget deal that prompted howls of consternation from conservatives who objected to its spending and deficit increases.

But the protests were extinguished quickly by the realities of a Republican government led by President Donald Trump. Although a number of right-leaning groups that ascended in the 2010 midterms, including the powerful political network of the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, were among the loudest opponents, there appeared to be little appetite among those groups to exact punishment on Trump or the GOP-controlled...

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