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'Wacko Birds' cloud Republicans' election euphoria

    Some Republicans envisioned a successful rope-a-dope strategy for this year's elections: Don't make mistakes, and let the Democrats stew in the juices of Obamacare and a strapped middle class.

    That take-no-risks approach is unraveling. Congressional Republicans are offering proposals on major matters, and the party's right wing - whose members Senator John McCain called "wacko birds" - is omnipresent in Washington and across the U.S.

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