Can Republicans De-escalate Intra-Party Warfare?

Republicans are waging a multi-front battle within the party, creating schisms between the president, lawmakers and their base that threaten to upend both the GOP’s legislative agenda and political standing ahead of the 2018 elections.

Much of the blame and frustration is aimed directly at the Senate, specifically its leadership. Also, President Trump is engaged in an explosive public feud with retiring Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. Meanwhile, House Republicans are growing increasingly vocal in their frustration with the upper chamber; a slew of conservative groups are calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to step down; and Stephen Bannon, the former chief White House strategist, is threatening primary challenges against nearly every Republican incumbent running for re-election to the Senate next year.

It’s put the entire body’s Republicans in a precarious position as they inch toward the end of the year and work to find consensus on tax reform

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