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Yesterday, Pope Francis made history on Capitol Hill -- at John Boehner's invitation. Today, Boehner is making history of a different kind. He'll resign at the end of October to avoid what he calls the “irreparable damage” of “leadership turmoil” among House Republicans. We ask if a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood is more -- or less – likely and what this means for Tea Party power in Congress.  

Also, two women have qualified as Army Rangers, but don't forget the Marines. The Pentagon's gender battle is not over. 

House Speaker John Boehner Is Stepping Down 22 MIN, 51 SEC

After the Vice President, the House Speaker is next in line to be President of the United States. The Speakership is the pinnacle of a politician’s career. John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, has called it the job he’d always wanted. But today, Boehner announced that he’s resigning from Congress — to avoid a battle over House leadership.

Guests:
Burgess Everett, Politico (@burgessev)
Steve Deace, Washington Times (@SteveDeaceShow)
David Corn, Mother Jones magazine (@DavidCornDC)
Thomas Mann, Brookings Institution / University of California, Berkeley (@BrookingsGov)

More:
Obama on Boehner resignation
House Democratic Leader Pelosi on Boehner resignation
Senate Majority Leader McConnell on Boehner resignation
NBC News poll on voters' dissatisfaciton with McConnell, Boehner
Conservative Review on Mark Meadows' win, Boehner's resignation
Everett on McConnell replacing Boehner as the right's new main bogeyman
Corn's 'Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back against Boehner, Cantor and the Tea Party'
Mann's 'It's Even Worse than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism'

Rules for Patriots

Steve Deace

Female Soldiers and the Front Lines 27 MIN, 28 SEC

The Army Rangers, the Navy Seals and the Marine infantry are currently closed to women. A couple years ago, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered the Joint Chiefs to study the feasibility of opening all jobs in the military to women and gave them until next year to make a decision. The current Secretary, Ash Carter, will get recommendations next week. Despite recent performances by female soldiers, the Marine Corps Commandant and some members of Congress are pushing back against gender equality.

More:
Shane on women's struggle to be seen as real veterans
Rep. Steve Russell questioning whether women get special treatment at ranger school

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