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Boehner appears to swat back latest ouster attempt

Boehner appears to swat back latest ouster attempt

The latest effort to oust House Speaker John A. Boehner has stirred up conservative activists but failed to produce a groundswell of revolt on Capitol Hill. Boehner appears to have been able to swat back this newest attack on his tenure -- this time, by fellow Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, who surprised colleagues with a discharge petition before lawmakers prepared to break for a monthlong recess. Chatter spread quickly Wednesday through conservative circles, where Boehner has long been viewed skeptically. Meadows made the rounds on conservative talk radio. But few rank-and-file Republicans joined the cause. "This is a distraction," said Rep. Dennis...

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