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That ugly spending bill? That's what compromise looks like
That ugly spending bill? That's what compromise looks like

The trillion-dollar spending bill that the House of Representatives passed last week had something for everyone to hate. But it was still a step, however awkward, toward making the United States governable again. What was not to like? Plenty. Tea party conservatives hated the bill because it didn't hobble the two programs they hate most, President Obama's healthcare law and his executive action on immigrants in the country illegally. Liberals hated it because it included a murky provision allowing federally insured banks to get back into the business of selling risky derivatives, one of the practices that produced the financial crash of 2008. Reformers on both sides hated it...

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