Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan

March 18, 2015 1:57 PM

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Aaron Schock’s Tuesday began with a quiet early-morning stroll near the Capitol with his close friend, Missouri Rep. Jason Smith. Sporting shorts and a sweatshirt, Schock’s eyes frequently darted down to his iPhone.

Within hours, his once-promising congressional career would be over. Schock’s resignation, effective March 31, came so abruptly that the Illinois Republican didn’t even give Speaker John Boehner or his leadership team a heads up. Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) had been planning to keep Schock o...

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