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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 29: House Speaker John Boehner holds his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill on July 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. During the press conference the Speaker listed the accomplishments of the Republican party that saved US tax payers trillions of dollars, but admitted much more needs to be done. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)

Why John Boehner quit

By Manu Raju and Deirdre Walsh, CNN
The House speaker seized control of an ending that was beginning to feel inevitable.
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) heads to a news conference where he will announce that he is retiring from the House and stepping down as Speaker at the end of October during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol September 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

First on CNN: Boehner defends Benghazi panel

By Manu Raju and Tom LoBianco, CNN
House Speaker John Boehner denied Thursday that the panel investigating the Benghazi attack is political or aimed at discrediting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In a statement, he said will not disband the committee, despite controversial comments made this week by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that the panel helped Republicans damage Clinton politically.
Senate Armed Service Committee Chairman Sen.John McCain, R-AZ, speaks during a Committee hearing on the military campaign against the Islamic State on July 7, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

McCain: Russian airstrikes target CIA-backed rebels

By Tom LoBianco, CNN
Sen. John McCain said Thursday that he has confirmed that some of Russian airstrikes in Syria were aimed not at ISIS, but instead at CIA-backed fighters taking on the Assad regime.
"Their initial strikes were against the individuals and the groups that have been funded and trained by our CIA, in a credible flaunting of any kind of cooperation or effort to conceal what (Russian President Vladimir) Putin's priority is -- and that is, of course, to prop up (Syrian President) Bashar Assad," McCain, R-Arizona, told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day."

The House conservatives who want to rule the world

By Deirdre Walsh and Manu Raju, CNN
Life for the next speaker won't be any easier.
The conservative lawmakers have the potential to make or break the candidacy of California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy or any other would-be speaker. And they know it.

First on CNN: Mexico extradites major cartel suspects to U.S.

By Evan Perez and Joshua Gaynor, CNN
The Mexican government is extraditing major alleged drug cartel suspects to face justice in the U.S., in the wake of the embarrassing prison escape of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, U.S. officials told CNN.
Children hold banners and placards while listening to speakers at a rally outside the 9th Circuit federal court in Pasadena, California on July 16, 2015, where Immigrant rights organizations, labor, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients from Arizona and Los Angeles gathered. After a multiple-year legal battle, the state of Arizona's embattled efforts to deny driver's licenses to immigrants who have been granted DACA under a federal program will face what could be yet another blow to Arizona when the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit hears oral arguments this Thursday in a lawsuit brought by civil rights groups challenging the discriminatory policy. AFP PHOTO/ FREDERIC J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Legal fight over Obama immigration's orders may outlast his presidency

By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter
Mario Sidonio is an aspiring astrophysicist with big American dreams. But lately the 17-year-old has been waking up every day hoping a federal appeals court will come down with a ruling that could help his family secure a better future.
WASHINGTON (April 16, 2013) An undated file photo of a port bow view of the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) underway off the coast of New England prior to its commissioning. Simpson was one of several ships that participated in Operation Praying Mantis, which was launched after the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) struck an Iranian mine on April 14, 1988. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Bath Iron Works/Released)

Hours before decommissioning, USS Simpson crew recall historic naval battle

Story by Brad Lendon; Video Jeff Simon, CNN
The USS Simpson has turned into a ghost ship.
Its passageways are pitch black and steamy hot. It's silent, the constant hum of machinery that's the heartbeat of a warship eerily absent. Its windows are covered and ventilation sealed off. Its battle ribbons have been removed, its flag lowered.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama are shown in this composite image.

Putin becomes a political punching bag in White House race

By Stephen Collinson, CNN
Every good story needs a villain and in Vladimir Putin, candidates in the 2016 White House race have found the perfect foil.
The Russian President -- with his expansionist worldview, Cold War-style mindset, KGB roots, tough-guy stunts and implacable anti-Americanism -- makes the quintessential campaign trail scoundrel.

Rapper reflects on being 'dark-skinned' in America

By Alex Lee and Deena Zaru, CNN
Few have tackled the intersection of identity and expression quite like New York rapper, actor and poet Saul Williams, who has been dubbed "the poet laureate of hip-hop."
"To me, it would probably be more work to extract my politics from my art," Williams told CNN.