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GOP under pressure to toe the line

Conservative groups using aggressive tactics to leverage fear

WASHINGTON — With the threat of a government shutdown just days away, an urgent message filled e-mail inboxes around the country late last week: Top Senate Republicans, the message said, were committing “the ultimate betrayal.”

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell refused to filibuster a government funding bill pushed by Democrats, and other establishment GOP senators also would not block the measure.

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