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Trent Lott

Conservatives face long, maybe impassable, road to big victories in Congress

WASHINGTON _ Hard-core Republicans are going to have a hard time getting their way.tmpplchld They're rejoicing these days as a longtime thorn in the side, House Speaker John Boehner, prepares to step down and some of their ranks could start moving up in the House of Representatives leadership. They see new hope for efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, keep taxes low and slash federal spending.tmpplchld They're dreaming.tmpplchld "We continue to live in a separation of powers, bicameral system that is impossible to operate through parliamentary-style partisan majorities, where party discipline cannot be enforced," said Burdett Loomis, a professor of political...