Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, held on to his position as U.S. House speaker in a 220-192 vote after about a dozen members of his party turned against him in a symbolic protest. Some were displeased with Boehner's agreement to allow a last-minute budget compromise raising the tax rate for wealthy Americans to come to the floor for a vote this week. "Public service was never meant to be an easy living; extraordinary challenges demand extraordinary leadership," Boehner said in an address to the House.

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