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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. An effort by a conservative Republican to strip Boehner of his position as the top House leader is largely symbolic, but is a sign of discontent among the more conservative wing of the House GOP. On Tuesday, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, who was disciplined earlier this year by House leadership, filed a resolution to vacate the chair, an initial procedural step.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. An effort by a conservative Republican to strip Boehner of his position as the top House leader is largely symbolic, but is a sign of discontent among the more conservative wing of the House GOP. On Tuesday, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, who was disciplined earlier this year by House leadership, filed a resolution to vacate the chair, an initial procedural step.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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House Speaker John Boehner announced Friday that he has decided to resign, an announcement that sent shock waves through the capitol.

Boehner — who's been under enormous pressure from the fractious right wing of his party — said he'll step down from one of the most powerful positions in Washington next month.

"It's become clear to me that's this prolonged leadership turmoil has done irreparable harm to the institution," he said.

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Rep. Michael Capuano, congressman for the 7th district of Massachusetts. He tweets@mikecapuano.

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WBUR: Speaker Boehner Stuns Congress, Announces Resignation

  • "Plunging Congress into deeper turmoil, House Speaker John Boehner abruptly announced his resignation Friday, shutting down a tea party drive to depose the nation’s highest-ranking Republican but opening up fresh troubles for the GOP."

This segment aired on September 25, 2015.

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