U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has abruptly announced his resignation, clearly influenced by crusading hardline conservatives opposed to what they say are his “go-along, get-along” ways. The immediate confrontation is over adoption of a federal budget with or without funding for Planned Parenthood, but other contentious issues coming up soon include highway funding, the debt ceiling and another threat of government shutdown by the end of the year. Has Boehner has been good for Republicans or bad? How will the party’s schism will play out the rest of this year and next? Send no more than 150 words with your name, address and telephone number to email@example.com.
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