Nancy Pelosi

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Swampland’s Friday caption contest, this week featuring House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

In Response To Mayhem, The Nation Stands In Silence

Sometimes, the silence says it all.

And so, in a city that runs on rhetoric and bombast, the only moments that really mattered Monday were the ones when no one said a thing. The President stood with his wife, their heads down before the South Lawn, flanked by hundreds of White House staff, from the senior aides in $170 ties to the …

The Dawn of the House of Boehner

John Boehner stood before the packed House chamber; its members and their families were giving him a standing ovation. He took out a handkerchief and wiped the tears from his eyes – he always hated about himself that he’s prone to crying at important moments – and waved his audience to their seats. “I’m still just me,” he …

John Boehner Elected Speaker

The House just completed its vote, electing John Boehner the 61st Speaker of the House 241-192.

The most interesting part of the vote were the defections from Nancy Pelosi, who garnered 173 votes:

-11 Democrats voted for Heath Shuler, a North Carolina Democrat and former Washington Redskin who had said he would challenge Pelosi in …

House Tax Drama

House progressives just nearly brought down the Bush tax cuts bill over lingering anger at the compromise President Obama worked out with Senate Republicans. Democratic leaders had hoped that an amendment built into the package changing the estate tax provisions would sway enough liberals to vote to proceed to the bill and for the …

Will They Stay or Will They Go?

House Democrats have a decision to make this week: do they value messing with President Obama’s tax plan more than their Holiday plans? The Senate today is expected to vote on cloture on the tax plan, which would mean passage by Wednesday (assuming they get cloture, which seems likely). The House would then take up the measure Thursday …

Rangel’s 5 Stages of Grief

Photo thanks to C-SPAN

Photo thanks to C-SPAN

Charlie Rangel is grieving. He’s grieving for his long-lost Ways & Means gavel. He’s mourning his 40-year reputation as an upstanding public servant that now lies in shreds in the well of the House floor. Today, the 80-year-old Harlem Democrat was censured by the House by a …

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