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Dennis Hastert

Analysis: Will speakers ever again be able to stay on their own terms?

WASHINGTON _ Speaker John A. Boehner's resignation continues, and possibly cements, a remarkable pattern in modern American politics.tmpplchld The most powerful position in Congress has also become one of the most unstable jobs in American government. After almost a century of orderly departures and orchestrated transitions, five of the six most recent speakers of the House have now been pushed from the Capitol by circumstances they could not control.tmpplchld The trend of past three decades will surely make California's Kevin McCarthy, or whoever ascends to the presiding officer's chair, extremely wary about his career's trajectory over the long term _ even after this...