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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., left, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, right, the leaders of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, stand together at a news conference following a GOP caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Eager to avoid blame for a possible government shutdown next month, Boehner and Cantor have been confounded by tea party conservatives who want to use the fast-approaching deadlines to derail the implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law.

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GOP must navigate growing divide with tea party

Tea party activists, once unquestioned as a benefit to the Republican Party for supplying it with votes and energy, are now criticizing GOP leaders at seemingly every turn.


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