Biden Turns Up the Heat on the G.S.A.

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Biden exited his car to receive a briefing on national security in Wilmington, Del., yesterday.

House Democrats re-elected Speaker Nancy Pelosi as their leader yesterday, setting her up for what she has said is likely to be her last term as the party’s leading legislator.

Ahead of the vote, Pelosi had faced the perennial stirrings from the left, but she had no meaningful opposition. Her top deputies, Steny Hoyer, the majority leader, and James Clyburn, the Democratic whip, were re-elected to their positions.

Along with them, Hakeem Jeffries of New York was re-elected as the chairman of the Democratic caucus, and Katherine Clark, a progressive member from Massachusetts, was elevated to the position of assistant speaker — signs that the party is laying a foundation for its future leadership.

In remarks after the vote, Pelosi indicated she was still committed to a pledge she made in 2018 to step down from the speakership in 2022. “If my husband is listening, don’t let me have to be more specific than that,” she said jokingly. “We never expected to have another term now. I consider this a gift. And I can’t wait to be working with Joe Biden and preparing us for our transition into the future.”

Pelosi — who in 2007 became the first female speaker of the House — still needs to be confirmed as speaker by the full House, which will convene in January, but she’s almost guaranteed to win that vote. She will preside over what is likely to be the slimmest Democratic majority in the House since World War II, after Democrats lost at least eight seats in this month’s election.

This week, the Republican caucus also re-elected Kevin McCarthy as its minority leader. Read our Q. and A. with him about where the G.O.P. goes next.

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