Whether he was inspired by Pope Francis, or backed into a corner by the Tea Party, House speaker John Boehner’s last day will be October 30th. While a threatened government shutdown over funding for Planned Parenthood might be avoided, what does Boehner’s exit mean for Washington and how the nation is governed? What does it mean for the GOP in 2016? In Midday’s first hour, we’ll survey the Republican landscape, including the rising popularity of presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and the controversial views of Dr. Ben Carson, who keeps rising in the polls. WYPR's own Fraser Smith, Melissa Deckman of Washington College and Barry Rascovar of the Maryland Reporter join us.