Boehner takes charge as new Congress convenes

I can’t believe Boehner’s not crying. Or is he?

Washington (CNN) — Veteran Rep. John Boehner of Ohio became the 61st speaker of the House of Representatives Wednesday as Republicans officially took charge of the chamber for the first time in four years and dramatically changed Washington’s political landscape.

Democrats maintained control of the Senate for the new 112th Congress, but with a reduced majority.

The change likely presages a stark ideological conflict with President Barack Obama, who is preparing to defend his legislative accomplishments of the past two years and position himself for a re-election campaign in 2012.

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