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POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, Republican Party "stranglehold"/ "cult-like situation"?: Analysis (Mark Z. Barabak), "Trump puts stranglehold on GOP -- and woe to any Republican who objects" .... 

***President Donald Trump, Republican Party, "stranglehold"/"cult-like situation"?

* Los Angeles Times (Mark Z. Barabak):  "Trump puts stranglehold on GOP -- and woe to any Republican who objects" - From the LAT:

Mark Sanford blew up his marriage and became a national laughingstock when he sneaked off his job as South Carolina governor for a tryst with his Argentine lover. After he forsook his presidential ambitions and spent time in political purgatory, voters forgave Sanford’s trespass and, in 2013, elected him their representative in Congress. But on Tuesday, Sanford was tossed from office by his Republican constituents for committing a far graver sin: criticizing President Trump.

With his bulldozing personality, Trump has transformed the GOP from a party of anti-communist cold warriors to one that coos over North Korea’s communist dictator, from a champion of free trade to an instigator of trade wars. And woe to those within the party who challenge his direction or judgment ..................