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    Report: Boehner Ending Private Obama Talks

    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 01:  Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) leaves a House Republican Caucus meeting where members considered the legislation that is supposed to blunt the effects of the "fiscal cliff" during a rare New Year's Day session  January 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) negotiated the deal that produced The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which passed the Senate after midnight on New Year's Day.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Chip Somodevilla

    House Speaker John Boehner has gotten a lot of flack lately—most recently over the House of Representative’s reluctance to cooperate with the Senate over a fiscal cliff deal until the last minute, not to mention its failure to hold a vote on a bill providing relief for Hurricane Sandy victims. Now, Boehner is reportedly fighting to regain his party’s respect by promising an end to one-on-one negotiations with Obama. “He is recommitting himself and the House to what we’ve done, which is work though regular order and letting the House work its will,” a Boehner aide said Wednesday. But another aid told The Hill Boehner would not be cutting off all contact. “It doesn’t mean the Speaker isn’t going to meet with the president or talk to the president,” the aide said.

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