The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
Facing the fourth — and final — stage of political grief
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By Pat Cunningham
Oct. 4, 2013 11:15 a.m.

Brian Beutler BEARS WITNESS to Republicans facing a harsh reality:

After struggling for weeks and weeks in stages one through four, Republicans are finally entering the final stage of grief over the death of their belief that President Obama would begin offering concessions in exchange for an increase in the debt limit.

The catalyzing event appears to have been an hour-plus-long meeting between Obama and congressional leaders at the White House on Wednesday. Senior administration officials say that if the meeting accomplished only one thing it was to convey to Republican leaders the extent of Obamaís determination not to negotiate ...
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