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In the Friday afternoon Capital Journal newsletter: All you need to know about House Speaker John Boehner's resignation; Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the White House; and exclusive features from the week on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more.
Doug Heye: The seeds of John Boehner’s resignation as House speaker and congressional Republicans' challenges blocking many Obama administration actions are rooted in December 2012.
In a service near the original World Trade Center in New York City on Friday, Pope Francis called it a tragic site that "became a place of life, too, a place of saved lives." Here are the pope's full remarks:
John Feehery: The hard right hated Mr. Boehner, and that hatred was driven by a conservative media industry that had a vested interest in creating scapegoats and tearing down the speaker.
By one measure, Scott Walker is an all-time champ -- at staging the briefest campaign in the modern era. Here's a look at how his campaign stacks up historically.
Jim Manley: The next House speaker, regardless of his or her identity, is destined to be even more ineffective than Mr. Boehner when it comes to corralling the GOP caucus.
House Speaker John Boehner's statement about his resignation.
House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to leave Congress comes amid overwhelming disapproval of his leadership among his party’s most committed voters, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News finds.
The last time a House speaker made the unpressured decision to quit the job was in 1986, when Massachusetts Democratic Thomas P. O’Neill. Jr. stepped down. Since then, his successors were forced out by the voters -- or their own members.
Dan Schnur: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Mr. Boehner's likely successor as speaker, is no more conservative than Mr. Boehner himself.
The announcement that Speaker of the House John Boehner will resign from Congress at the end of next month complicates the difficult debates in Congress over how to keep the government open and raise the debt ceiling.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in South Carolina he would appeal to black voters with a message of "hope and aspiration" rather than "we’ll take care of you with free stuff."
In the WSJ's Capital Journal Daybreak newsletter: The U.S. and China will announce significant steps to address climate change, and more stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more.
In election polling, asking people who they expect will win instead of who they prefer produces different results. In the political prediction market for 2016, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are winning by a wide margin.
Michael Singh and Simond de Galbert: More transparency about Tehran's agreements with the IAEA could surely be offered, at least to the IAEA’s board of governors, without divulging details that jeopardize Iran’s security.
Pope Francis urged lawmakers to take action to protect the environment and welcome immigrants, and also discussed abortion and the death penalty. Here are excerpts of some major topics.
Brian Katulis: We’re all in it together, the pope essentially told U.S. lawmakers, who operate in a political system that has leaned away from this ideal and in a media environment that fosters score-keeping.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama will dig into Colorado lamb, Maine lobster and other dishes at Friday's state dinner.
Following his address to Congress, Pope Francis made a brief stop at a statue of Father Junipero Serra, an 18th century missionary in California whom he had canonized as a saint on Wednesday.
Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill Thursday—the first pontiff to do so. Here are his remarks, as delivered: