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Pelosi, Luke Russert Spar on 'Offensive' Age Question

Nobody asked Mitch McConnell same question, she notes

(Newser) - When Nancy Pelosi announced today that she's staying on as House minority leader, NBC's Luke Russert posed a question about her age (72) that sparked some fireworks at her press conference, notes the Huffington Post :
  • Russert: “Some of your colleagues privately say that your decision to stay
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Pelosi to Stay On as Minority Leader

Broke the news while surrounded by fellow female House reps

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi will stay on as House minority leader in the new session of Congress, she announced this morning, after first revealing her decision to her caucus at a private meeting, the AP reports. Pelosi broke the news at a press conference surrounded by her fellow female House reps, which... More »

Pelosi Daughter: Mom Wants to Retire

Alexandra says her mother 'wants to have a life'

(Newser) - In the for-what-it's-worth department: Nancy Pelosi's daughter tells the conservative Big Government website that her mom would love to leave Congress. "She would retire right now, if the donors she has didn’t want her to stay so badly," says filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi. "She’s... More »

Pelosi Briefly Hospitalized in Rome

Ex-Speaker released after suffering 'minor ailment'

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi was hospitalized today in Rome but has been released, an Italian news agency has reported. She entered the hospital for a "minor ailment" after feeling "slightly unwell," the agency said, without providing specifics. US officials are keeping mum on the incident, the AP notes. The... More »

Pelosi to Women: GOP Waging Assault on Your Health

Three GOP-backed bills threaten abortion access

(Newser) - The GOP and its barrage of abortion-linked bills are a menace to women's health, says an incensed Nancy Pelosi, who calls the "extreme legislation" the "the most comprehensive and radical assault on women's health in our lifetime." And she worries that women aren't fired up enough about... More »

Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner Win House Posts

She'll be minority leader, he'll be speaker

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi won the position of House minority leader today, but her uphill battle to retain a leadership role revealed a fierce split within the Democratic party, Politico reports. The vote (150-43) was far from unanimous, with the opposition holding Pelosi responsible for Democrats' crushing defeat in the midterms. "... More »

Dems Cut Deal on Pelosi's No. 2

Give Clyburn TBD No. 3 post, avoid Hoyer dogfight

(Newser) - House Democrats have avoided a dogfight over their No. 2 leadership slot, announcing that Steny Hoyer would stay put while Jim Clyburn takes a to-be-determined No. 3 position. The move leaves Nancy Pelosi, who announced the deal last night, without any significant leadership battles ahead of Wednesday's caucus vote, Politico... More »

Pelosi Will Run for Minority Leader

Speaker not ready to leave leadership to others

(Newser) - Well that was fast. Nancy Pelosi has officially thrown her hat into the race for the Democrats' minority leader post. "Driven by the urgency of creating jobs & protecting #hcr, #wsr, Social Security & Medicare, I am running for Dem Leader," Pelosi tweeted this afternoon. Earlier, there had... More »

Pelosi: Can I Still Be Minority Leader?

Outgoing speaker putting out feelers, considering run

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi is putting out feelers to see if her fellow Democrats would mind if she stayed on as minority leader. In some cases, Pelosi is making the calls herself, and in others she’s having House allies call, aides and one lawmaker tell Politico . She’s not directly asking... More »

Boehner's Wall-Street Cash Bolsters Tea Party Hopefuls

House Minority Leader spreads business-backed wealth

(Newser) - John Boehner typically gets a healthy dose of campaign cash from Wall Street and blue-chip corporations, and this election season, he’s doling it out to tea party-backed hopefuls. The House Minority Leader has distributed $320,000 to 39 such candidates, suggesting a GOP “stamp of approval” for a... More »

Boehner: Speaker in the Wings

The man who would unseat Nancy Pelosi has a tough task

(Newser) - John Boehner's mainly known for his dogged resistance to Barack Obama's agenda and the perpetual tan that would suggest he represents sunnier climes than Ohio, reports the AP in an in-depth look at the man you might soon know as speaker of the House. But which Boehner will show up,... More »

Boehner to Bankers: Beware Pro-Reform 'Punk Staffers'

Still, House minority leader says bill will take a year to pass

(Newser) - John Boehner gave comfort to an “enthusiastic” gathering of bankers yesterday, telling them that even if the Senate passes financial reform legislation it will languish in the House for many moons. “It’s just as likely that we’ll be talking about the same issue a year from... More »

Obama Policies Make Boehner 'Want to Throw Up'

(Newser) - The Obama administration’s policies on national security, spending, and the law make John Boehner almost physically ill, the House minority leader tells the Washington Times. Democratic hate-crime legislation in particular, which Boehner says could be used against religious leaders who don’t support the gay agenda, makes him “... More »

House Bids to Put Contractors Under US Law

Landslide passage for bill to bring private firms into civilian courts

(Newser) - The House of Representatives passed a bill today that would make private security firms accountable to US civilian courts; the vote was 389 to 30, with opposition coming only from Republicans. The White House and Pentagon want contractors kept under military jurisdiction, but if the Senate passes similar legislation by... More »

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