Will Speaker Johnson avoid GOP backlash after dodging a shutdown?

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Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Mike Johnson (R-LA) gives a press conference at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on November 14, 2023. Photo credit: Annabelle Gordon - CNP/Sipa USA via Reuters Connect.

Congress agreed to a new spending bill this week to avoid a government shutdown. The bill relies on the same type of structured deadlines that cost former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy his party’s support and eventually his job. New Speaker Mike Johnson chose not to fight for the spending cuts and border funding that Republicans sought in order to get the bill through the House. Will his willingness to compromise lead him down the same path? 

Israel’s war against Hamas has strong backing from President Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. There’s also been plenty of public support, as seen from a large rally in Washington, D.C. this week. But rising civilian deaths in Gaza have led to calls for a ceasefire from Democratic voters as well as members of the State Department. Can Biden successfully navigate the growing rift over the conflict on the left?

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