Republican Conference

Last Shutdown Quite Different

Edward-Isaac Dovere, Politico

The last shutdown was a leadership decision. This one's the starkest example of how little sway leadership has. It shows how a committed caucus within the Repub. Conference is redefining how DC operates.

Sen. Repub Conference Splintering?

John Bresnahan and Manu Raju, Politico

Some say McConnell can't keep the R's together. The leadership's ducking of tough votes doesn't help.