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After collapse of GOP debt plan, weakened House Speaker John Boehner needs to go

WHILE DOUBTLESS some temporary measures will be taken to avoid the worst consequences of the “fiscal cliff,” either before or after New Year’s, there is an issue that will have to be addressed on Jan. 3: the speakership (“Hope for deal on taxes fades at break time,” Page A2, Dec. 22).

The speaker of the House is a national figure, leader of the entire House, not just his or her party. As such, the speaker needs to forge agreement among the majority of House members to move along issues of national importance.

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