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GOP leaders look ready to accede, for short term

Political reality may force a more pragmatic tone

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s aggressive inaugural address on Monday presented congressional Republicans with a stark choice over the next two years: accommodate the president’s agenda on immigration, guns, energy, and social programs and hope to take the liberal edge off issues dictated by the White House, or dig in as the last bulwark against a reelected Democratic president and accept the political risks of that hard-line stance.

As Obama’s second term begins, Republican leaders appear ready to accede at least in the short term on matters like increasing the debt limit.

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