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Mark Sanford

Boehner challenger prepared for the political consequences

WASHINGTON It's not everyone who celebrates their 56th birthday by trying to remove the speaker of the House of Representatives from power. But Rep. Mark Meadows, a conservative Republican from North Carolina, did just that Tuesday. He quietly filed something called a motion to vacate the chair. Translation? Kick House Speaker John Boehner out of it, and his surprising move quickly became the talk of Capitol Hill. A self-professed former "fat nerd" who was born in France and raised in Florida, Meadows has become a hero to his party's hard right wing. Its followers say he spoke truth to power in his two-page motion that portrays Boehner, R-Ohio, as a heavy-handed...