Moderator: JOHN THURSTON
There are things we don't know that we don't know.
the only thing he really know is he knows nothing
"As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns; the ones we don't know we don't know." (Feb. 12, 2002)
That's what two Ivy League degrees will get you.
Should have gone to the University of Aukland, eh?
- USA TodayNancy Pelosi was unanimously elected today to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives, but rank-and-file Democrats rejected her hand-picked choice for Majority Leader.
In secret balloting, Rep. Steny Hoyer, of Maryland, Pelosi's longtime rival, was elected to the No. 2 position over Rep. John Murtha, of Pennsylvania. Murtha is a confidante of Pelosi and an early critic of the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq. Hoyer won 149 to 86.
Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer emerged as the new House Majority Leader
but not before a Democratic fight that showed the political dangers of Rep. Nancy Pelosi's risk-taking leadership style as the incoming speaker.
Defying the odds, the California Democrat interceded personally on behalf of Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha, Mr. Hoyer's challenger, who had helped galvanize public support for his party in the midterm elections by speaking out against the Iraq war.
Mr. Hoyer was always the safer choice for the caucus as the current No. 2 in the Democratic leadership. But the size of his 149-86 victory yesterday is a blow to Mrs. Pelosi
Republicans Friday chose Rep. John Boehner as minority leader, succeeding Speaker Dennis Hastert in the top party leadership post for the Democratic-controlled House that convenes in January.
Mr. Boehner defeated Indiana conservative Mike Pence. The vote tally was not immediately announced. Mr. Boehner's election cements the Ohio conservative's resurrection within Republican leadership ranks.
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