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Boehner takes on critics on his right

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner is fed up with critics who say he and his GOP colleagues aren't conservative enough.

Boehner is speaking out against right-leaning interest groups like Heritage Action. The Ohio Republican is defending a budget agreement that Heritage Action and other groups attacked before it was even made public.

Boehner told reporters Thursday that such conservative critics - quote - "have lost all credibility."

The House speaker blames the groups for pushing GOP lawmakers into the confrontation over the president's health care law that touched off a partial government shutdown in October and hurt Republicans politically.

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