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Pelosi seen winning House party leader job

Outgoing House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to secure the top Democratic leadership spot for next year, as the only lawmaker expected to mount a challenge acknowledged on Sunday that he will not have the support to topple her. “You know, I can add and subtract pretty well. I…

Battle over leadership of Republican Party heats up

In the wake of Republican successes in last week’s election, the party’s attention has turned to the question of whether the often-embattled Michael Steele is the best person to lead the Republican National Committee going into the 2012 campaign. During the last two years, Steele has come under fire for…

Democrats pressing Pelosi to step aside

Rank-and-file Democrats, smarting from electoral drubbing, threaten public rebuke of Pelosi In a fresh sign of turmoil among defeated Democrats, a growing number of the rank and file say they won’t support House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a politically symbolic roll call when the new Congress meets in January. “The…

Report: Michele Bachmann to run for GOP leadership position

The tea party made historic gains in Tuesday’s midterm elections and if one Minnesota Republican has her way, the movement may be in line for a high ranking leadership position. A report at Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment website indicates that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) will enter the race for Republican Conference…

Bin Laden living comfortably in Pakistan: CNN

The Saudi-born militant wanted for the September 11 attacks on the United States nine years ago was being protected by local people and “some members of the Pakistani intelligence services,” CNN said. “Nobody in Al-Qaeda is living in a cave,” the unnamed senior NATO official reportedly told the network. Rather,…

Boehner won’t promise to end earmarks if GOP takes House

Republicans have unveiled their 21-page “Pledge to America” but there is one pledge that the potential House Speaker-in-waiting won’t make. When asked several times Sunday, Rep. John Boehner refused to say that he would put an end to all earmarks if Republicans take over the House. “Why is there no…

‘Who is this guy?’ Blair claims confused Bush asked about Belgian PM

“George had immense simplicity in how he saw the world,” Blair writes British newspapers Thursday called the memoirs of former prime minister Tony Blair a good read but said they risk re-opening old wounds in his Labour party just as it struggles to fight back from electoral defeat. Blair’s memoirs…

GOP leaders let demagogues set tone, lawmaker says

Too many Republican leaders are acquiescing to a poisonous “demagoguery” that threatens the party’s long-term credibility, says a veteran GOP House member who was defeated in South Carolina’s primary last month. While not naming names, 12-year incumbent Rep. Bob Inglis suggested in interviews with The Associated Press that tea party…

Labour contender under fire over ‘kill Thatcher’ joke

LONDON — A Labour leadership hopeful said on Tuesday he had not meant to upset anyone after claiming he wished he could go back in time and kill former prime minister Margaret Thatcher. John McDonnell, speaking at a Labour leadership event on Monday, drew loud applause when he said he…

GOP accused of circulating ‘hoax’ health care memo

UPDATE AT BOTTOM: GOP pushed ‘hoax’ memo on to reporters before it was verified: report Second update: Rep. Anthony Weiner rips GOP on House floor for ‘producing fake memos’ The Democratic leadership in Washington, DC, has accused Republicans of circulating a “hoax” Democrat memo promising to revisit the health care…

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