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Louie Gohmert

Speaker Boehner resigns from Congress, victory for tea party

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.

The 13-term Ohio lawmaker, second in line to the presidency, shocked his rank-and-file when he told them of his plans in an emotional closed-door meeting. He said he would step down from the speaker's job he's held for nearly five years, and from Congress, at the end of October.

One important result: A government shutdown threatened for next week is all but sure to be averted — but only for now. A new December deadline and a potentially...