For weeks, Republicans have said their objections to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are substantive, and not based on worries about the agency's de facto leader, Elizabeth Warren. But at a House hearing Tuesday, GOP members launched a series of personal attacks on Warren, suggesting she was lying and sometimes interrupting her responses.

The atmosphere reflected just how polarizing a figure Warren has become, with Republicans seeing her as a symbol of an overreaching government and Democrats viewing her as a defender of the American consumer.

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