The Democrats Take Charge on Capitol Hill
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Nancy Pelosi is now Speaker of the House of Representatives as the Democrats take over Capitol Hill. We look at their agenda and its chance of success. Can they make a difference in domestic policy? What about the war in Iraq? Plus, career diplomat John Negroponte is rumored to be moving to the State Department, and a spectacular light display in the skies over Colorado as debris from outer space lands in Wyoming.
Negroponte to Become Second in Command at State Department ()
John Negroponte is the career diplomat who was named America's first Director of National Intelligence in 2005. Now, he's reportedly stepping down a notch to be number two at Condoleezza Rice's Department of State. He'll be replaced by retired Vice Admiral Mike McConnell.
- Dafna Linzer: National Security Reporter, Washington Post
The Democrats Reclaim Congress ()
Illinois Congressman Rahm Emanuel helped make history this morning by nominating Nancy Pelosi to be the first woman House Speaker as the Democrats took charge today on Capitol Hill. Pelosi leads a 31-vote Democratic majority, while the new Senate Majority leader, Harry Reid, has just one vote to work with. What's the Democratic agenda, and can the new leaders hold their party together? Will new legislation be met with vetoes from the Republican in the White House? What about the war in Iraq?
- Susan Milligan: Congressional reporter for the Boston Globe
- Thomas Mann: Senior Fellow of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, @BrookingsInst
- Byron York: White House Correspondent for The National Review, @ByronYork
- Tom Schaller: Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Maryland
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's...Space Junk? ()
The skies over Colorado and some neighboring states lit up today with bright streaks of colored light. A piece of material landed in Riverton, Wyoming. The North American Aerospace Defense Command says it's the remains of a Russian rocket. Reporting that no damage has been reported, NORAD adds that the debris falling from outer space is not believed to be hazardous.
- Chris Peterson: Astronomer at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
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