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Journalist Describes How The Freedom Caucus Hijacked Congress

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Friday. Boehner informed fellow Republicans that he would resign from Congress at the end of October, stepping aside in the face of hardline conservative opposition that threatened an institutional crisis. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Hill staffers and PGA professionals mingle Wednesday at this year's National Golf Day event on Capitol Hill, which included an annual Democrats versus Republicans putting challenge. Emily Jan/NPR hide caption

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On Links As In Life, D.C. Bipartisan Relations Are Deep In The Rough

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A handout image provided by the Israeli Government Press Office shows Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sarah, leaving Tel Aviv on their way to Washington Sunday. Handout/Getty Images hide caption

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Netanyahu In Washington For Controversial Speech To Congress

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House Speaker John Boehner listens as President Obama speaks to media during a bipartisan, bicameral leadership meeting at the White House this week. Boehner and others have reacted dismissively to Obama's tax overhaul plan. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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President Obama meets with congressional leaders in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House on Friday. The president signaled a desire for bipartisan cooperation, but important differences remain between the White House and GOP lawmakers. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, joined by Speaker of the House John Boehner and Vice President Joe Biden, acknowledges lawmakers' applause after addressing a joint meeting of Congress. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Boehner says Congress stands ready to work with the president on the threat from Islamic State militants. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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During a December news conference, House Speaker John Boehner rebukes conservative groups who opposed the bipartisan budget compromise. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Speaker John Boehner On The Tea Party, Take 1

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House Speaker John Boehner leaves a news conference Thursday, after criticizing conservative groups that he said held too much sway in Republican politics, "pushing our members in places where they don't want to be." J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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The Texas chapter of the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity held an event Wednesday called "All I Want for Christmas is Less Federal Spending." Alan Greenblatt/NPR hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio rebukes conservative groups who oppose the pending bipartisan budget compromise during a Thursday news conference on Capitol Hill. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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