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Goldberg: GOP hog-tied by a divided Senate

Goldberg: GOP hog-tied by a divided Senate

Why can't we have nice things?

That's the question, if not exactly the phrasing, so many conservatives are asking these days.

Despite controlling the White House and both branches of Congress, the GOP can't get much done. Oh, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have talking points pushing back on this widespread impression. Ryan's argument has some merit: The House has passed a good deal of legislation — 305 bills, according to GovTrack.us. Admittedly, a lot of it is minor, but there's some meaty stuff as well, including Obamacare repeal-and-replace.

The problem is that very little of it can get through the narrowly Republican-controlled...

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