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GOP spurns Boehner tax bill

WASHINGTON — Speaker John Boehner failed to harness his unruly House majority Thursday night and canceled a planned vote on a bill to ­extend income tax cuts for most Americans while allowing rates to rise on millionaires.

The turn of events appeared to weaken Boehner’s hand in budget ­negotiations with the White House. If his bold gambit had passed, the Republican leader would have gained a fresh bargaining chip in talks with President Obama. But the staunch resistance of conservative Tea Party representatives to tax increases of any kind — despite closed-door entreaties by the speaker — foiled that plan, and his move, dubbed “Plan B,” backfired.

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