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Boehner's departure raises question: Can House GOP be led?

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The gulf between tea party conservatives and establishment Republicans has gotten so wide that it's just swallowed up the speaker of the House and may threaten the entire Republican Party -- and Congress itself.

The question now is whether anyone can tame the House's rabble-rousing faction. And it's being asked in the wake of Speaker John Boehner's decision to resign rather than face a possible vote to depose him.

There are critical deadlines ahead to keep the government running and raise the nation's borrowing limit, so the stakes are sky-high.

Yet the hard-liners have served notice that Boehner's decision has only empowered more -- and several are suggesting that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could be their next target.

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