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The Trump administration has been deliberating for months about what to do about a stunning intelligence assessment.

By CHARLIE SAVAGE, ERIC SCHMITT and MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ 

By MARSHALL WARD

During a budget crisis, the Republican playbook says to “never waste a good crisis.” So, they hold citizens hostage, then provide a miraculous rescue just in time for an election, and Republicans (especially Mitch McConnell) take the credit.