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Politics

Cold Obama-Boehner bond strains negotiations

House speaker, president have little in common

WASHINGTON — At a closed-door Capitol meeting on Wednesday, Representative Peter Roskam of Illinois was regaling other Republicans with his imitation of Speaker John A. Boehner, imagining him in the current budget negotiations with President Obama.

He pretended to drag on a cigarette like the chain-smoking speaker, and blew away smoke and Obama’s tax demands in one raspy retort: ‘‘Ain’t gonna happen.’’

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