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Battle over Binz: an anomaly, or the first shot in a drawn-out war?

Ron Binz got a bull's-eye on his back during the first week of August. Roughly 20 leaders from prominent free-market and conservative groups -- some enjoying ties to the tea party and Koch brothers funding -- huddled in a downtown Washington, D.C., conference room to weigh Binz's nomination to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. After two hours, they resolved to oppose President Obama's choice.

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