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Waiting for John Boehner's Revenge

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, wraps up a news conference following a GOP caucus meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Boehner defended Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the third-ranking Republican in the House, who told reporters he rejects all forms of bigotry after his admission last week that he addressed a white supremacist group in 2002. Though he has received support from both Republicans and Democrats on the Hill, Scalise, of Louisiana, faced fresh questions about his 2002 speech to a Louisiana convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, which called itself EURO. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke founded the group, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has classified as a hate group. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)First came the rebellion, now what about the consequences? That is the predicament now confronting John Boehner as he plots how to respond to Tuesday’s historic rebellion, in which two dozen of his own members refused to support his reelection as House speaker in a televised vote.

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