While the nation has been focused on the Supreme Court’s edicts and the Confederate flag, the Republicans in Congress turned on each other this week. The GOP establishment leadership stripped a few lawmakers from the House Freedom Caucus of their leadership positions in the party. Three conservatives lost positions on the whip team; Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, removed Rep. Mark Meadows from leading the Government Operations subcommittee. It seemed like retaliation for trying to unseat House Speaker John Boehner in January and recently opposing the legislation that gave Obama more authority to forge the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But in a move that appears to have buried the hatchet, Meadows is back in his leadership position. “Having spoken with Mark Meadows several times during the past week, I think we both better understand each other,” Chaffetz said in a joint statement released with Meadows. “I respect Mark and his approach. The discussions and candor have been healthy and productive.” Meadows said, “I will continue to vote and conduct myself in accordance with my conscience, what my constituents want me to do, and what is best for the country.” A take-no-prisoners approach to politics hardly works, and it’s especially so when it’s between members of the same party.
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