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    The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said that given the cuts to the military budget in recent years, the added cost of the operation in Syria could hurt military readiness. "If we can fix this, it may help some people in their vote," Republican Buck McKeon said on CNN.
    That seems to be a clear signal that McKeon wants to cut a deal. He'll get GOP members on board for the Syria strike, if Obama agrees to shift more spending to the Pentagon, perhaps by excluding defense spending from sequestration.

    For progressives, this is all the more reason to oppose Obama on Syria--the only way he is going to win is by agreeing to gut domestic programs and cave in to the Republicans on the budget.

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