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Monday
Aug012011

Nancy Pelosi Statement on Debt Deal

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty ImagesWASHINGTON -- Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after the President's speech Sunday on the ongoing talks to avert a default crisis:

"We all agree that our nation cannot default on our obligations and that we must honor our nation's commitments to our seniors, and our men and women in the military.

"I look forward to reviewing the legislation with my Caucus to see what level of support we can provide."

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Wednesday
Nov032010

Pelosi, Highest Ranking Woman in American Politics, to Step Down from Historic Role

Photo Courtesy - Bill Clark/Roll Call via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In his 2007 State of the Union address just days after voters handed control of the House to the Democrats, President George W. Bush graciously introduced the country to Rep. Nancy Pelosi -- the first woman Speaker of the U.S. House.

Pelosi, known as much for her hardball tactics as she was for her tailored suits, beamed with pride as she stood before Congress to acknowledge the applause and her position as the highest-ranking woman in American politics.

Nearly four years later, there is little for Pelosi to smile about. For months, Republicans have spoken her name as if it were a curse word, while some Democrats asked her to steer clear of their campaigns.

A historic Republican landslide Tuesday now means Pelosi will soon be stripped of the power that has defined her historic tenure.

"The outcome of the election does not diminish the work we have done for the American people," Pelosi said in a statement after the midterm outcome was clear. "We must all strive to find common ground to support the middle class, create jobs, reduce the deficit and move our nation forward."

Pelosi won re-election to a 12th consecutive term Tuesday night in her San Francisco district where she remains highly popular. But come January, she will hand over the speaker's gavel to a Republican, likely to be Ohio Rep. John Boehner.

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Wednesday
Nov032010

The Morning After Shift in Congress

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The morning after the GOP gave a collective shout of victory and Democrats retreated to lick their wounds, leaders in both parties vowed to set the mudslinging aside to try and find a compromise on the economy, tax cuts and job creation.

"It's clear tonight who the winners really are," U.S. Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, said during his victory speech Tuesday night. "And that's the American people."

Despite promises of cooperation, both parties seemed Wednesday to be eyeing their opponents warily.

Boehner, poised to replace California Rep. Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House when the new Congress convenes in January, received a phone call just after midnight from President Obama, who offered both congratulations and an offer of cooperation between the parties.

Though Republicans trounced the Democrats in the House races, the Dems held onto their majority in the Senate -- though just barely, winning the requisite 51 seats to retain control.

One of those seats stayed with powerhouse Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, whose 40 years in office had been strongly challenged by Tea Party activist Sharron Angle. Reid also got a call from Obama after the results came in.

"I think this is a time when we need to look at what happened," he told Good Morning America. "Anytime you have a new president in a time of urgency as President Obama found himself at the beginning of the last Congress…there's a lot we have to do. We found ourselves in a big hole from the previous eight years."

It's also a time, he said, to move on.

"We all know that our majority is smaller than what it was, but I hope that the leader of the Republicans...will understand that we have to work together," Reid said. "Just saying no doesn't do the trick."

Obama is scheduled to speak today on the election results at 1 p.m. from the East Room at the White House. Obama's policies, especially on the economy and healthcare, were widely blamed for voter shift this year.

It was a change of heart that meant big wins for the Tea Party. Propelled in seemingly equal parts by voter dissatisfaction, headline-making statements and powerhouse Sarah Palin, the Tea Party notched wins for Rand Paul in Kentucky and Marco Rubio in Florida. 

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