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Democrats, seeking credit for House ethics reversal, watch it go to Trump

Democrats, seeking credit for House ethics reversal, watch it go to Trump

When Democrats and progressive groups discuss their strategy for a 2017 comeback, they consider an X-factor that no opposition party has ever had to contend with.

What will the president tweet?

Donald Trump's ability to massage, manipulate, or completely upend the news cycle, which ended up flummoxing Democrats in 2016, emerged anew in the half-day furor over a change to the House's ethics rules. It was the Trump story in miniature -- Democrats first rejoicing at how the president-elect rumbled his fellow Republicans, then Democrats realizing how Trump had steered the story, and the credit, toward himself.

The change to effectively bulldoze the Office of Congressional...

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