A New Look for Politics and New Leadership at the Pentagon
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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.
Bush Says He'll Work with Democrats; Rumsfeld Resigns ()
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: Washington Correspondent, 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
Midterm Elections Bring Big Changes ()
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: Former Senior Political Reporter at the Washington Post, @Edsall
- Tom Schaller: Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Maryland
- Jeff Schapiro: Political reporter and columnist, Richmond Times-Dispatch
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