Magazine August 14, 2017, Issue

The Republican Civil War in Texas

(Carlos Barria/Reuters)
It’s talk radio against the Chamber of Commerce

Can Republicans govern the United States? They cannot govern Texas.

If you want to understand what is up with Republicans in Washington, consider what Republicans are doing in Austin.

Republicans at the moment hold almost all of the cards in Washington: There is a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and a Republican majority in the Senate, while a Republican president is eager to put his signature on Republican health-care and tax-reform bills. But Republicans, especially conservatives, remain frustrated: The so-called Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land, taxes remain unreformed, and, much to the consternation of that nice …

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Radical

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The Week

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