Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco will be the next Speaker of a Congress controlled by Democrats. The Senate is still too close to call. We look at yesterday's voting, the prospect for re-counts and the politics of the immediate future. Plus, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld steps down.
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President Bush has accepted Donald Rumsfeld's resignation as Secretary of Defense. His chosen replacement is former CIA Director Robert Gates. Asked if new leadership means a new direction at the Pentagon, President Bush acknowledged that he and Secretary Rumsfeld agreed that "sometimes it's necessary to have a fresh perspective."
David Sanger, New York Times (@SangerNYT)
Jeff Stein, National Security Editor for Congressional Quarterly
Joe Galloway, Nationally syndicated columnist for McClatchy newspapers
Thomas Hammes, Retired Marine Colonel
On the day after Democrats won control of the Congress, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld steps down; Former CIA Director Robert Gates is named to replace him. Nancy Pelosi will be the new House Speaker, but the Senate majority may not be known before Christmas. President Bush and Speaker-elect Pelosi pledge bi-partisanship, but what about their differences on the war in Iraq? Just who is Nancy Pelosi and what are the prospects for divided government? Will there be re-counts for Senate seats in Virginia -- where Republican Senator George Allen is trailing Democrat James Webb -- and Montana -- where Republican Senator Conrad Burns appears to have lost his seat to Democrat John Tester? Whatever happened to “the permanent Republican majority?” Can Democrats maintain power without the South?
Jackie Yamanaka, News Director at Yellowstone Public Radio
Tova Wang, Fellow at the Century Foundation
Eleanor Clift, Contributing Editor to Newsweek magazine
Tom Edsall, Columbia School of Journalism (@Edsall)
Tom Schaller, Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland
Jeff Schapiro, Political reporter and columnist, Richmond Times-Dispatch