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THE CONSERVATIVE REVIEW - September 29, 2015

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* Speaker John Boehner to resign from Congress *

WASHINGTON - Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner plans to resign from Congress, his aides said Friday.

Sources told The New York Times Boehner intends to give up his seat and leadership role at the end of October.

An aide told NBC News Boehner had planned to serve through the end of 2015 but he changed his mind after Rep. Eric Cantor lost his seat last year.

"Speaker Boehner believes that the first job of any speaker is to protect this institution and, as we saw yesterday with the Holy Father, it is the one thing that unites and inspires us all," the aide said. "The Speaker believes putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution."

The Ohio lawmaker, first elected to Congress in 1991, has been under pressure from fellow conservatives who seek to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood. The plan to do so could lead to a possible shutdown of the government Oct. 1.

Boehner has said a shutdown would be disastrous for the Republican Party ahead of an election year. Republicans have threatened to oust him as leader should he team up with Democrats to fund Planned Parenthood and pass an appropriations bill.

"That's what tells you there's something afoot. You know there's some drops of blood in the water, because all the sharks are starting to circle," one Republican lawmaker told The Hill earlier this week about a possible overthrow.

Boehner was elected as Speaker of the House in 2011, replacing Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

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