Opening Act: Pelosi's Day

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Nov. 14 2012 8:05 AM

Opening Act: Pelosi's Day

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 13: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (R) holds a news conference to introduce 37 of the newly-elected House Democratic Members, including Patrick Murphy (D-FL) (2nd L) at the U.S. Capitol November 13, 2012 in Washington, DC. Pelosi called the conference to 'highlight the size and historic diversity of the incoming House Democratic freshmen class.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The drama in Washington today concerns Nancy Pelosi. Will she quit her 10-year leadership of the Democratic caucus in the House? It's unusual for party leaders to do such things after they net seats in elections, and Pelosi's Democrats gained eight seats in a map that was drawn against them.

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