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'House of Cards' Season 2 episode 3: Doormats and matadors, laws and sausages

18 February 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Warning: Do not keep reading if you haven't watched the first three episodes of "House of Cards" Season 2 yet. On deck for Tuesday (Feb. 18), "Chapter 16."

Where we are:

This episode focuses on avoiding a government shutdown, with Frank extending an olive branch to the Republicans of agreeing to raise the retirement age and make some entitlement reform if the Republicans will pass the omnibus bill.

The way Frank figures, the retirement age is going to be raised eventually, so why not make a show of bipartisanship and get credit?

Everything seems fine, with Frank working with Senate Majority Leader Hector Mendoza to hammer out a compromise and get him to write in a formal agreement that if the Senate passes the retirement age amendment, it will signify passage of the entire omnibus bill.

Except Tea Party leader Curtis Haas balks and takes his caucus with him. The Republicans' absence means »

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