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Boehner exits, triggering fight for US House speaker

Speaker of the House John Boehner will step down next monthBitter internal divisions in the Republican Party boiled over Friday with the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, whose exit has sparked what could be a bruising battle to replace him. Boehner had spent years repelling rebellious conservatives who accused him of the lacking fire to battle Barack Obama and fellow Democrats. Now the party’s far-right flank could seek to install one of their own, or at least a Republican more willing to press a conservative agenda.

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