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Godfather IV
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(This column was written prior to the compromise bill hammered out by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama to end the federal government shutdown.) WASHINGTON -- In trying to understand the Republican Party’s internal battles, it helps to think of Michael and Sonny. Corleone, that is. On one side we have Sonny -- the hot-headed, impulsive, shoot-now-take-names-later son of Don Corleone.