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To hear House Speaker John Boehner tell it, as he does in this clip, the "political games" that were clearly happening in recent months over the payroll tax cut and jobless benefits bill that's now en route to passage were all coming from the Democratic side.

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It's remarkable how political infighting in Congress can be resolved by a healthy dose of bad news from opinion polls. On Wednesday, the outlook for the Obama-supported payroll tax cut and jobless benefits bill that has been contested for months was suddenly better, and the timing was no accident. Above, Sen. Max Baucus, one of the legislative bargainers.

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