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For Once, A Pleasant Surprise


Last year, we quite remarkably learned that it was possible to be too dumb to win the Republican nomination for president. And now, apparently a bill can be too evil to pass the Republican House:

Partisan accusations of broken promises erupted Thursday as a House five-year farm bill was defeated in stunning fashion, 195-234, with 62 Republicans joining a majority of Democrats against the bill.

Blame was being cast mostly on the bill’s huge cut to the food-stamp program, exacerbated by a late Republican amendment that some Democrats — who may otherwise still have voted for the wider bill — felt was too punitive in forcing work requirements for food-stamp recipients.

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