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Published June 01, 2012, 12:00 AM

House Speaker John Boehner


House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio meets with reporters following a GOP strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 31, 2012. Republicans stung by the culture wars that dominated political discourse this year are standing down on social issues. They are acutely aware that the presidential and congressional elections five months off are expected to turn on a thin margin of independent voters neither party can afford to alienate. Boehner vowed to reverse President Barack Obama’s birth control policy. But there’s no sign of any such legislation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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