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Zealous conservatives appear unlikely to compromise in next Congress
Zealous conservatives appear unlikely to compromise in next Congress

After November's midterm election, polls found that most Americans wanted their members of Congress to seek compromise — anything to end the gridlock that has plagued Washington. An NBC-Wall Street Journal survey found that even among Republicans, more favor compromise over intransigence. Four years ago, only 27% of GOP voters were in the compromise camp; now 49% are, while just 45% want their legislators to stand firm. But that message hasn't reached everyone in Washington. As Republicans' internal wrangling on Capitol Hill made clear on Tuesday, House Speaker John A. Boehner's majority is still hamstrung by a knot of zealous conservatives who don't want...

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