Nancy Pelosi speaks at weekly press conference

Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Filemon Vela (D-TX), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Seth Moulton (D-MA), as well as Rep. -elect Gil Cisneros (D-CA). Clinton reached more than 70% approval when the House voted to impeach him in December of 1998, according to CNN/Gallup/USA Today polling. "But you know what? they only don't want to do it because of me", Trump said while encouraging Democrats to put people ahead of politics.

Yet there is a priceless benefit born of the Democratic shake up and subsequent detente: The new and improved title, once ceremoniously called the assistant majority leader, will now be the loftier, more optically impressive assistant speaker of the house.

It all showed the staying power of the Democratic leader, who is relentless in her drive to reclaim the gavel and wield it with a strength that is nothing like Washington has seen - at least since the last time she did it. Trump said this week he is willing and "proud" to shut down the government in order to get those funds. "Maybe the president doesn't grasp that, but that is very harmful to our country", she told reporters. "The most unsafe place to be in Washington is between Pelosi and an undecided vote".

"Let's not do a shutdown, Democrats - do what's right for the American People!" The timing of the Democrats couldn't be worse for them, as the Daily Mail reports a quote from one of the caravan leaders, "Give us $50,000 each to go home".

"I want to be crystal clear - there will be no additional appropriations to pay for the border wall", Schumer said.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, pressed by CNN's Manu Raju, said House Republicans have the votes to approve Trump's $5 billion in wall funding, but they have yet to schedule a vote as leadership debates the merits of doing so in the face of Senate defeat. He says he and Pelosi are friends and they had a dozen conversations before she and the rebels struck their deal Wednesday.


Nancy Pelosi struck a deal Wednesday with Democratic rebels intent on denying her the speakership, paving the way for her to reclaim the gavel she lost eight years ago. In fact, during his meeting Tuesday with Pelosi and Schumer, Trump said he would relish the chance to shut down the government. "She had a great week". Trump will need Democratic votes either way, now or in the new year, for passage.

Just to remind my readers, the "playbook" is the order from the Democrats as to how the Republicans are supposed to act when they are challenged by them. She tweeted, "Voters won't forget it".

In return, several Democrats who opposed her will support her during her crucial January 3 House floor vote to make her the next leader of the House. He urged Republicans to convince the president to back off of his demands for wall funding.

"I'm not for term limits", the No. 2 Democrat, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters.

In the meantime, the proposed term limits could trigger a fierce behind-the-scenes intra-party battle in the weeks leading up to the speaker's vote.

Likely Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi escalated her war-of-words with the Trump administration Thursday; saying the government could be "closed forever" because of her opposition to the President's border wall.

  • Tracy Klein