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Boehner inherits new opportunity as head of robust GOP House majority
Boehner inherits new opportunity as head of robust GOP House majority

Since taking the gavel in 2011, House Speaker John A. Boehner has looked like a man under siege, often captive to the whims of a rambunctious conservative flank looking for any excuse to oust him. But not since 1947 has a Republican enjoyed the kind of House majority that Boehner will probably head next year. Combined with the new GOP-led Senate, Boehner has within his grasp the job he always envisioned: speaker of a robust majority that can broker deals with a like-minded Senate to force the White House to the negotiating table. On Thursday, Boehner easily won his party's support to head the newly enlarged Republican conference, putting him on a path to become the...

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