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Between Lines in Obama’s Budget Is Goal of Dividing Republicans

President Barack Obama’s $4 trillion budget plan lays out a wish list for populist Democrats, but it also does something more subtle: It tries to drive a wedge between Republicans on taxes and spending.

Obama proposes busting defense spending caps with $38 billion in new money, matched with a similar amount in new domestic funding. That could pit Republican defense hawks like Senator John McCain of Arizona against budget hawks like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a Tea Party favorite.