Breaking News: Surprise Republican Loss on Disaster Relief Vote

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48 Republicans broke ranks to defeat the much-contested disaster relief bill that also contains measures to prevent the looming government shutdown. This is is being widely interpreted by Beltway insiders as House Speaker Boehner losing the tight control he has exerted over House GOP members throughout 2011.

“This is the beginning of the election year tremors,” said political strategist James Carville.  “And the shaking’s going to get bigger, not smaller.”

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