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Departing Boehner Jabs at Hard-Liners Who Showed Him the Door

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A day before giving up the gavel symbolizing his office, John Boehner jabbed at the hard-line Republican faction and larger forces in American politics that helped drive him into quitting as U.S. House speaker.

“Understand what’s going on here,” he said, when asked about pressure he’d faced in recent years from conservatives. Unlike when he entered Congress two decades ago, there now are hundreds of radio hosts “trying to out-right each other” along with social media propelling voters into different camps, he said.