Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi — who will soon be retired from that position when the new Congress is sworn in — will remain the leader of House Democrats. Her colleagues in the Democratic Party reaffirmed their faith in her recent leadership by re-electing her as leader by a substantial majority.
In other news, José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, blames the Netherlands for causing unnecessary difficulties by refusing to approve the new EU budget. Both the Netherlands and the UK object to the substantial increase in spending that was proposed for the budget.
At the same time, the EU continues to pressure Ireland to accept a financial bailout. The Irish are being perversely resistant to the generous offer from those who only want to help them.
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