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    Democrats Tap Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker

    Yesterday the California congresswoman secured a closed-door nomination to her former post. But now comes the hard part: Although she won over a group of centrist holdouts, Pelosi still faces a Democratic opposition group that includes around a dozen freshmen representatives. She’ll need an absolute majority when the whole House votes Jan. 3, meaning she’ll need to persuade 15 of those who voted against her. “We go forward with confidence and humility,” she said. Democrats also elected Rep. Steny Hoyer as majority leader and Rep. James Clyburn as majority whip.

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