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John Boehner, House Speaker, Will Resign From Congress in October 2015

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Not sure how I feel about this.

Boehner is at least known.

Will the next Speaker be different? Unclear.

But this sounds positive:

Most recently, he was trying to craft a solution to keep the government open through the rest of the year, but was under pressure from a growing base of conservatives who told him that they would not vote for a bill that did not defund Planned Parenthood.

Mr. Boehner’s announcement lessened the chance of a government shutdown next week, because Republican leaders will push for a short-term funding measure to keep the government operating and the speaker will no longer be deterred by those who threatened his job.

It will be up to a majority of the members of the House now to choose a new leader, and the leading candidate is Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the majority leader, who is viewed more favorably by the House’s more conservative members. The preferred candidate among many Republicans, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, has said he does not want the job.

You're exactly right:  Boehner is a known.  Whenever it feels like behind-the-scenes strategizing is going on, I get nervous.  

Especially since that strategizing is not apparent to those of us outside the Beltway.

Here's what has me worried: Sounds like Boehner did not want to add defunding Planned Parenthood to the bill that keeps the government from shutting down, and whoever does get the job (McCarthy?) is going to have to add it to the bill.

This could still all just be political posing to force Obama to veto. Who knows for sure? Politics these days seem so opaque to a civilian like me.

How Planned Parenthood became the poster pawn of 2015 is beyond me.

More coverage:

It's the Tea Party mandate.

Kinda badass, Boehner!

Boehner had battled conservatives aligned with the Tea Party for most of his nearly five years as speaker, and in recent weeks they had threatened to try to oust him from power if did not pursue a strategy of defunding Planned Parenthood that would have likely led to a government shutdown. Conservatives said that if Boehner failed to fight on the government spending bill, they would call up a procedural motion to “vacate the chair” and demand the election of a new speaker. Facing the likelihood that he would need Democrats to save him, Boehner instead chose to step down. In one of his last acts as speaker, Boehner is now expected to defy conservatives by bringing up a funding bill that would prevent a government shutdown beginning next week but that would not cut money from Planned Parenthood.

Thanks for sharing that. 

I feel bad for him. The Tea Party sounds like it was a regular pain in his side. 

This does sound like a demonstration of how a small group can take over a larger group's agenda. 

And how a small number of Americans can affect the decisions of us all:

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