Some lawmakers suspected that House Speaker John A. Boehner had acquiesced in the two-month extension of payroll tax cuts that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell worked out, and he was challenged on it in a closed-door meeting. Mr. Boehner bristled at the accusation, according to several participants, and denied it flatly. (Associated Press)

Some lawmakers suspected that House Speaker John A. Boehner had acquiesced in the two-month extension of payroll tax cuts that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell worked out, and he was challenged on it in a closed-door meeting. Mr. Boehner bristled at the accusation, according to several participants, and denied it flatly. (Associated Press)