GOP delivers another self-inflicted wound

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THE TAKE | Congress’s actions and inactions may be blocking the GOP’s path to victory in the midterm elections. In the final week before an August recess, Republicans have shown a remarkable capacity to complicate their path to victory.

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GOP delivers another self-inflicted wound

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