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Washington, D.C.—Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner prepares to greet Pope Francis in his office before the pope’s address to Congress on September 24. Boehner, a devout Catholic, announced the following day he would stand down at the end of October. His decision comes after years of conflict with Tea Party members of his caucus, who wanted Boehner to take a more confrontational approach toward President Barack Obama over issues such as Obamacare. Facing another possible government shutdown over the funding of Planned Parenthood, Boehner decided to resign, calling his critics “not realistic” in their political aims. slideshow