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House Democrats have retaken the majority from Republicans, setting the stage for potentially contentious leadership fights on both sides of the aisle.

Driving the news: Republicans will be without their former leader in the retiring Paul Ryan, while ten Democratic incumbents or incoming members told Politico that they plan to vote against Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who has expressed confidence that she is 100% going to be speaker again.

Potential Democratic leadership candidates
  • Speaker of the House: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
  • Majority Leader: Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said he'll "certainly be running for majority leader," per The Hill.
  • Majority Whip: Rep. James Clyburn intends to stay in the number three position and run for majority whip, The Hill reports.
  • Assistant Majority Leader: Reps. David Cicilline, Cheri Bustos, and Ben Ray Lujan.
  • Democratic Caucus Chair: Reps. Barbara Lee and Hakeem Jeffries.

One more thing: Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Cedric Richmond wrote a letter at the beginning of this month calling for an African-American Speaker of the House or Majority Leader, per CBS.

Potential Republican leadership candidates

According to RollCall:

  • Minority Leader: Reps. Kevin McCarthy and Jim Jordan.
  • Minority Whip: Rep. Steve Scalise
  • GOP Conference Chair: Rep. Liz Cheney.
  • NRCC Chair: Reps. Roger Williams, Tom Emmer, Mimi Walters, and Ann Wagner.
  • Policy Chair: Reps. Gary Palmer and David Schweikert

Go deeper... Pelosi: Dems will seek compromise but stand ground if not possible

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Updated 3 hours ago - World

Biden reviews U.S. arms deals with Saudi Arabia and UAE

Trump struck several large arms deals with Mohammed bin Salman (L) and Saudi Arabia. Photo: Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images

The Biden administration has put on hold two big arms deals with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates which were approved in the final weeks of the Trump administration, a State Department official told Axios.

Why it matters: The sales of F-35 jets and attack drones to the UAE and a large supply of munitions to Saudi Arabia will be paused pending a review. That signals a major policy shift from the Trump era, and may herald sharp tensions with both Gulf countries.

Trump supporter found with pipe bombs accused of plot to attack Democrats

Five improvised explosive devices that the FBI says "were fully operational and could cause great bodily harm or injury if handled improperly." Photo: FBI/Justice Department

The FBI believes California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and the Bay Area headquarters of Twitter and Facebook were targets of a man facing federal explosives charges, according to a criminal complaint.

Driving the news: Prosecutors charged Ian Benjamin Rogers after finding weapons including five pipe bombs, 49 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition following a Jan. 15 search of his Napa County home and auto repair business. His alleged goal was to ensure former President Trump remained in office.

7 hours ago - Health

Fauci: COVID vaccine rollout needs to prioritize people of color

Anthony Fauci. Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images

Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci highlighted the need to address racial disparities in the COVID-19 vaccination process, per an interview with The New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday.

What he’s saying: "I think that's the one thing we really got to be careful of. We don't want in the beginning ... most of the people who are getting it are otherwise, well, middle-class white people."