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Congress: Feel like doing the Macarena?

“Casual observers of American politics could be excused if, surveying the landscape, they assume we're back in 1996,” Roll Call’s Stanton writes. “There's a personally popular and yet deeply divisive Democratic president running for re-election who is triangulating against Congress. Republicans and Democrats are jousting over the latest iteration of the culture war. Moderate Democrats are running from their budget shadows. Even former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is lurking about.”

“Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) risked some political capital last week to make a high-profile show of solidarity with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), allaying scrutiny of their relationship,” The Hill writes. “McConnell split with his entire leadership team and most of the Senate GOP conference to vote for a 10-month extension of the payroll tax holiday, despite his own deep misgivings.”