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Jeff Flake Lays Another Straw on the Camel's Back

The senator's speech won’t be the last straw—but it adds its weight to the growing pile.
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“Why didn’t he do it before?”

“Why doesn’t he stay and fight?”

“Why does he still vote with the president on taxes and judges?”

Those are the questions asked when a Republican official breaks with President Trump. They are fair questions too, as far as they go, and they will only become fairer over time. October 2017 is already late to recognize Donald Trump for what he is and what he is doing, and next year will

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