Speaker John Boehner is showing mercy to his foes — but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to forgive and forget.
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The Ohio Republican so far has chosen not to exact revenge against most of the roughly two dozen Tea Party Republicans who tried to overthrow him earlier this month.
Boehner, who was elected to his third term as Speaker, has said retaliation is not his style, and several of his enemies have received subcommittee gavels rather than retribution.
But while Boehner is making a show of benevolence, allies say the Speaker has other, more discreet tools to get back at the lawmakers who led the coup effort — and an entire congressional session to use them.