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Pelosi Makes Room For New #1 Democrat

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When the 111th Congress convenes Tuesday, Representative Nancy Pelosi will return to her post as House speaker but in an entirely new role.

For the last two years, Ms. Pelosi, 68, of California, has been the driving force behind the Democratic Party's ambitions, using her firm grip on the House to set the agenda. Now she finds herself about to become facilitator in chief, working with her Senate counterpart, Harry Reid of Nevada, to advance the ideals of the nation's new No. 1 Democrat: Barack Obama.

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