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By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The bitter ideological feud tearing at the Republican Party boiled over on Thursday as the U.S. Congress considered a bipartisan budget deal with angry recriminations between the Republicans' top elected leader and the powerful conservative organizations that have been tormenting him for years. Republican House Speaker John Boehner said the outside groups had stepped over a line and "lost credibility" in fighting the deal. The president of FreedomWorks, one of the Tea Party-oriented organizations attacked by Boehner, responded that conservatives have had it with "old bulls" who "miss the old ways of doing things" in Congress. The immediate spark for the exchange was an effort by the well-funded groups - the Club for Growth, Heritage Action and FreedomWorks - to undermine a bipartisan budget deal backed by the leadership of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, particularly Boehner.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A two-year budget deal that replaces some severe, across-the-board spending cuts with more targeted government savings cleared a procedural hurdle in the House of Representatives on Thursday, with passage expected later in the day. The House approved the rules for debating the measure and will continue its debate on the bipartisan budget plan, with a vote on passage scheduled for later on Thursday. (Reporting By Richard Cowan; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas coach Mack Brown declined to say Thursday whether the Alamo Bowl will be his final game, amid intense speculation following another disappointing season that began with the Longhorns talking about becoming national championship contenders again.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Baseball officials are up front about this: They want to ban home-plate collisions to guard their investments.