Nancy Pelosi Is Staying

The news this morning that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California will stay on to head the Democratic caucus for another two years ends speculation on Capitol Hill on who will be in charge of the minority party during the upcoming 113th Congress.

Pelosi has already secured her place in history as the first woman to serve as speaker of the House. I was covering Congress in 2006 when it became clear that Democrats would take over the House in a wave election. USA TODAY sent me to Albuquerque, N.M., to interview the future leader, whose schedule was so tight that the way I could get a few minutes was to meet her on the campaign trail. It was worth it though as my profile of the highest ranking woman in U.S. history would later show.

Though Pelosi went on to win the votes of her caucus, her tenure as leader was hardly without bumps or controversy — none more divisive than her pivotal role in pushing through health care reform. Still, as I wrote for AOL News, by the time Republicans took back the House and ousted her as speaker, historians and nonpartisan political observers ranked her among the most effective legislators in history.

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Petraeus Scandal Update

After a weekend in which more details about the extramarital affair that ended the storied career of David Petraeus leaked out, I went on HuffPost Live this morning to talk about what we know so far. Watch my conversation with hosts Marc Lamont Hill and Alicia Menendez here.

David Petraeus Bombshell

Talk about taking out the trash on Friday!

By now you all have heard that CIA Director David Petraeus, the retired four-star general who led the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan, has resigned because of an extramarital affair. As soon as HuffPost Live heard the news, host Mike Sacks summoned myself and a few others to parse what it all means. You can read his resignation letter and watch it here.

The Last Presidential Debate

If you watched the final debate of the 2012 presidential election last night you know the topic was foreign policy and the stakes couldn’t have been higher. I took part in HuffPost Live’s After Party to discuss how President Obama and Gov. Romney did. Check out the conversation here and watch the analysis below: