HEY, BILL, THAT'S OURS!

REPUBLICANS HAVE WON THE BIG BATTLES OVER TAX CUTS; NOW THEY NEED TO LEARN TO TAKE YES FOR AN ANSWER

Usually it's a failure at damage control that trips up the Republicans. Whether the issue has been funding disaster aid or shutting down the government, the G.O.P. Congress has managed to double its losses--first by picking the wrong fights with Bill Clinton and then by not giving up when it came out the loser. Now, as both sides prepare for what could be a month-long battle over how to shape the first tax cut in 16 years, Republicans face an entirely new question: Are they smart enough to know when they've won?

Clinton stepped forward last week with his own tax-cut...

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