The Gist

The Dems Have a Bad Hand

Conservative Democratic voters are to blame for Chuck Schumer’s move on DACA.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to members of the media on Wednesday in Washington.

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McClatchy reporter Alex Roarty explains why the animating force driving both Democrats and Republicans right now is a loud conservative minority.

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