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Republican healthcare, purity stances complicate image makeover
Los Angeles Times

Two unrelated occurrences — one in Washington, one in California — conspired this week to reinforce the Republican Party’s struggle to gain the up-and-coming voters it needs for long-term survival. And it also underscored the value Republicans place on purity, often to their electoral detriment.

In Washington, concern deepened about a threat by conservative Republicans in the House to shut down the government — in defiance even of their leaders’ desires — unless Congress explicitly cuts off funding for the nation’s new healthcare law.