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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters, "I feel very confident in the support that I have in my caucus" when questioned about how she has been criticized for her leadership in the Democratic Party.

Why now: Many are blaming Pelosi after Dem. candidate Jon Ossoff lost the Georgia 6th special election earlier this week — despite millions of dollars the party pumped to back him.

Pelosi listed her qualifications as another form of defense. "I'm a master legislator. I'm a strategic, politically astute leader," she said. And she spoke on behalf of Dems by saying "we're very proud of the campaign that was run there" in spite of the loss. The kicker: "I think I'm worth the trouble."

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Trump sues National Archives, Jan. 6 committee to block records request

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President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.

Obama says Powell exemplified what America "can and should be"

Then-President Obama speaks alongside former Secretary of State Colin Powell during a meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama called Colin Powell an "exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot" in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID-19 complications on Monday.

Why it matters: Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was known as a Republican but played a critical role in helping Obama get elected in 2008.

Justice Department asks Supreme Court to block Texas abortion ban

Abortion rights activists rally at the Texas State Capitol on Sept. 11 in Austin, Texas. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

The Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block Texas' near-total ban on abortions while federal courts consider its constitutionality.

The big picture: The court last month allowed the ban to take effect, rejecting an emergency application by abortion-rights groups. The law bars the procedure after cardiac activity is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.