February 23, 2012 |
An unlikely deal has been brokered between Stephen Colbert and Rep. Nancy Pelosi: The late-night comedian will back a bill that would require corporations to more fully disclose their financial contributions for political ads and the House minority leader will encourage fellow Democratic lawmakers to appear on his sometimes irreverent show. Pelosi, who made her own appearance Wednesday after having vowed she would never do so, stopped by to promote the campaign finance reform legislation.
February 9, 2012 |
In a spoof within a spoof, Stephen Colbert's "super PAC" is the target of a new campaign launched by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to get “special interest money” out of political campaigns. Pelosi posted a satirical political ad Thursday on YouTube in which she explains that she and Colbert used to be friends - until he started a super PAC that he has used to attack her "friend," the GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich. (That's a reference to the 2008 ad she filmed with Gingrich, which has brought him grief on the presidential campaign trail.)
January 27, 2012 |
Vice President Joe Biden said Democrats are poised to win control of the House this fall, returning Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) as speaker. "I really do think we're going to win back the House," Biden said Friday, speaking to House Democrats at their annual retreat in Cambridge, Md. Biden said voters have tired of the GOP agenda, and the obstruction and inability of Washington to find compromise. Americans, he said, are beginning to "figure it out" that the White House policies are working to get the country back on track.
January 25, 2012 |
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's suggestion that she knows “something” about Newt Gingrich that will keep him from the presidency drew clarifications and recriminations Wednesday. "The 'something' Leader Pelosi knows is that Newt Gingrich will not be president of the United States,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said. "Leader Pelosi previously made a reference to the extensive amount of information that is in the public record, including the comprehensive committee report with which the public may not be fully aware.
December 5, 2011 |
Newt Gingrich said Monday that Nancy Pelosi's threat to discuss what she learned about the former House speaker from a 1990s ethics investigation is “an early Christmas gift.” He may be right. Remember that chummy 2008 ad that featured Gingrich and Pelosi urging action on global warming? “We don't always see eye-to-eye, do we, Newt?” Pelosi said as the two sat side-by-side on a loveseat overlooking the U.S. Capitol building. “No,” Gingrich responded.
December 1, 2011 |
With Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank's retirement, Congress will lose arguably its most colorful, powerful, quotable characters. As expected, the news has longtime Capitol hands pulling out their best Frank anecdotes. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) regaled the news corps this morning with a few of her favorites - launching into a rare riff of storytelling. Pelosi told of one of her early phone conversations with Frank, shortly after she arrived in the House in 1987. A fellow California lawmaker - former Orange County Rep. William Dannemeyer - made comments on the floor that Pelosi considered anti-gay, she said.
November 17, 2011 |
Even Nancy Pelosi is kicking poor Rick Perry when he's down. The Texas governor and GOP presidential hopeful had sent a letter to Pelosi, the House's top Democrat, challenging her to a debate next week over his “Overhaul Washington” plan that calls for a part-time Congress of citizen-legislators. For Perry, the move was straight out of the conservative playbook. Down in the polls, mocked by late-night comedians, his contributions drying up, he picked a fight with Pelosi, the bete noire of the American Right.
July 21, 2011 |
At times she has looked to be an afterthought, a relic of a bygone era. Republicans haven't bothered to court her. And the White House, at times, has appeared to ignore her. But now they're going to need Nancy Pelosi. As the clock ticks down toward a possible government default, it appears to be less and less likely that a package can be crafted that will appease the large bloc of House conservatives who either oppose raising the debt ceiling on principle or won't vote to hike it without massive cuts in federal spending.
June 11, 2011 |
Democrats increased pressure on embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner on Saturday, with a chorus of party leaders calling for his resignation. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the chair of the Democratic National Committee, as well as Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), who heads the party's campaign arm, virtually simultaneously said it was time for Weiner to step aside. The most intense push yet for Weiner to quit comes on the heel of reports Friday night that police were investigating Weiner's online contacts with a 17-year-old girl in Delaware.
June 7, 2011 |
In a sign of growing political pressure on Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) over his inappropriate online contact with women, the top House Democrat on Tuesday formally notified the House Ethics Committee of the situation and restated the need for an investigation. "This builds on the pressure on him to go," said a senior Democratic aide. The committee can act on its own to launch an investigation, but the letter from Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the minority leader, to the top Republican and Democrat on the committee amplifies her earlier call for an investigation.