HOT BLAST: Boehner's burden
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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, met with reporters last week following a Republican strategy session at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, met with reporters last week following a Republican strategy session at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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New York magazine's Jennifer Senior profiles House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. The long piece details the push and pull felt by the speaker when it comes to corralling his fellow Republicans in the House, many of whom came to Washington with no intention of compromising.

"John Boehner is a reasonable man," Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House Democratic whip of Maryland, tells the writer, "and that probably damns him."

It's likely Boehner would prefer to bring both sides to the table to work on a big deal, particularly immigration reform. However, the conservative wing of his delegation wants no part of that.

And it's not just the speaker's imagination, either. Brookings reports the U.S. House is more conservative than it has been at any time over the past 60 years
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