A Francis Effect? Or Liberty Caucus's Scorched Earth?

Speaker John Boehner: "Last night I started thinking about this, and I woke up. I said my prayers as I always do, and I decided, you know, today’s the day I’m going to do this. As simple as that," Boehner said [of stepping down as Speaker of the House and resigning his seat].

 

 

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal. 

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