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Marcia Fudge and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Photos by Getty Images’ Kris Connor and Toya Sarno Jordan

Many members of the Congressional Black Caucus are supporting Nancy Pelosi’s bid for the speakership over their own colleague and former chair, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), who’s mulling a challenging against the Minority Leader, Politico reports.

Why it matters: This comes as the caucus’ current chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) wrote recently about the need for a black speaker or majority leader. A number of CBC members, including Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the highest-ranking black lawmaker in the caucus, said they’re backing Pelosi for the top leadership post. But Politico reports that Richmond said he would support Fudge if she decides to run.

The backdrop: Even before last week’s midterm elections, there has been growing calls by some younger Democrats who want to see a whole new and diverse leadership team put in place. Fudge, 66, is part of a group of 17 anti-Pelosi critics who have signed on to a letter pledging not to support Pelosi, 78, on the floor.

  • Pelosi, known for her fundraising prowess and political knowledge, has been leading House Democrats since 2003. At a press conference Thursday, Pelosi maintained confidence that she will prevail. A vote in the Democratic caucus is slated for Nov. 28. The full House will elect a new speaker on Jan. 3
  • Asked about a potential challenge from Fudge, Pelosi told reporters: “Come on in, the water’s warm.

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NYT: Khashoggi's killers had paramilitary training in U.S.

A vigil for journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, following his killing in 2018 in Turkey. Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Several Saudis who took part in the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi had paramilitary training in the U.S. under a State Department contract a year before his 2018 death, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

Why it matters: While there's no evidence the department knew that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sanctioned Saudi officials to detain, kidnap and torture dissidents in 2017, the approval of such training underscores how "intensely intertwined" the U.S. has become with a nation known for human rights abuses, per the NYT.

U.S. attorney finalist trashes Labor secretary

Rachael Rollins and Marty Walsh. Photos: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images (Rollins); Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc. via Getty Images (Walsh)

A finalist for U.S. attorney in Boston is publicly trashing the city's former mayor — Labor Secretary Marty Walsh.

Why it matters: Rachael Rollins’ approach is perpetuating scrutiny of a troubled Cabinet secretary and fellow Democrat — and hints at the independence she may exhibit if tapped for top federal prosecutor for the eastern half of Massachusetts.

Parties pounce on China as midterm issue

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Democrats and Republicans in purple states are already leaning into U.S. competition with China as a key issue in the fight to control the Senate in 2022.

Why it matters: American voters hold increasingly negative feelings toward the Chinese government, particularly around bilateral economic relations and following the nation’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak.