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Tea Party to Boehner: Cut a Deal

When Michele Bachmann’s urging you to cave, you know you’ve held out too long. That’s the message Speaker John Boehner’s been hearing from the conservative side of his caucus, as the Tea Party urges him compromise on the budget before it’s too late and the government shuts down at midnight. “I am ready for a big fight that will change the arc of history. The current fight in Washington is not that fight,” Bachmann tweeted Friday, as Boehner and Democrats battled to a draw on funding the government through the 2011 fiscal year. Other conservatives, from potential 2012 candidate Mike Huckabee to Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, joined Bachmann in pushing for a deal.