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The story goes that in 2011, as Republicans and Democrats wrangled over budgets and debt ceilings, President Barack Obama invited House Speaker John Boehner to the White House.
This was supposed to be a casual meeting instead of the usual contentious negotiation.
Sitting together on a patio, the Republican speaker drank Merlot and chain-smoked. Obama sipped ice tea and chewed a Nicorette.
By STEVE KRASKE. 12 minutes ago