House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

Why Nancy Pelosi Won't Back Down
Podcast, Episode 128

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi takes the podium before speaking during an election watch party at the Hyatt Regency on November 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. . Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images

14 Democrats Push Back on Raising Caucus Threshold for Speaker Race
Caucus threshold should remain simple majority; members should unite behind winner, they say

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is expected to run for speaker again. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A group of 14 Democrats who support Nancy Pelosi for speaker are pushing back on a proposal from some of their anti-Pelosi colleagues to raise the caucus threshold for nominating a speaker candidate. 

House Democratic Caucus rules make all of their elected leadership positions subject to a simple-majority vote. Then, under House rules, the speaker nominee chosen by the caucus needs to win votes from a majority of the entire chamber — 218, if everyone is present and voting. 

With the Midterms Over, Get Ready for Investigation Nation and Congressional Gridlock
Penn Ave Report — connecting Congress and the White House at the intersection of politics

Capitol Ink | It’s a Win Win
Series finale concludes Matson’s chronicle of this past year’s political tides and turns

Previously On Capitol Ink ...

Today’s Capitol Ink caps off a series Roll Call cartoonist R.J. Matson started a year ago, looking at the 2018 midterms with his satirical eye. Here are the previous three entries in the series.

Nancy Pelosi Questions Trump Attacks on DoJ in Wake of Cohen Plea
Minority leader wants Judiciary Committee to investigate Trump‘s ’relentless assaults’ on the FBI, special counsel

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says the fact that Trump former attorney Michael Cohen implicated the president in a federal crime raises questions about Trump's attacks on the Justice Department. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is questioning the motivations behind President Donald Trump’s “relentless assaults” on the Department of Justice and the special counsel investigation after his former attorney Michael Cohen implicated him in a crime. 

“Michael Cohen’s admission to making illegal campaign contributions ‘at the direction of the candidate’ to influence the 2016 election, implicates President Trump in a federal crime and raises serious questions regarding the motive behind his continued attacks against the Department of Justice,” the California Democrat said. 

Paul Ryan Strips Duncan Hunter of Committee Assignments
Speaker calls charges against Hunter ‘deeply serious’ but does not call on him to resign

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has booted an indicted GOP congressman off three House committees. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced Tuesday night that he has removed Rep. Duncan Hunter from the three House committees he serves on after the California Republican was indicted for misuse of campaign funds

Hunter will be at least temporarily stripped of his assignments to the House Armed Services, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Education and the Workforce Committees.