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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that her decision not to allow Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.) to serve on the Jan. 6 select committee was not driven by their votes against certifying the 2020 election, but by statements they've made that "make it impossible for them to exercise judgment."

Why it matters: Pelosi's move to reject two of the five appointments offered by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has set off intense backlash among Republicans, prompting McCarthy to pull all five off the committee and threaten to pursue his own investigation.

  • Pelosi noted that she accepted McCarthy's recommendation to appoint Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas), who also objected to the certification of President Biden's Electoral College victory. She also accepted his appointments of Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.).
  • Pelosi cited Banks' statement that he would investigate the Biden administration and Capitol leadership's response to the Jan. 6 attack as one example of why it would be "ridiculous" to have him serve on the committee.

What she's saying: "As the legislation allows, I did not accept two of the five people who were appointed. As they have made statements and taken actions that I think would impact the integrity of the committee, the work of the committee. This is deadly serious. This is about our Constitution," Pelosi said at a press conference.

  • "Of the three [McCarthy picks] that I appointed, one of them voted against the ratification and the other two voted for it. Having said that, though, the other two [Jordan and Banks] made statements and took actions that just made it ridiculous to put them on such a committee seeking the truth," she added.
  • Asked about McCarthy's threat to launch his own investigation, Pelosi responded, "I'm not concerned. Let's not waste each other's time."

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Biden to Dems: This is my make-or-break moment

President Biden walks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after addressing the House Democratic caucus on Thursday. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden told the House Democratic caucus Thursday "my presidency will be determined" by the votes he wants in the next week on his $1.75 trillion social safety net expansion and $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.

Driving the news: Biden made the comment, according to a source in the room, as he tried to rally support for the $1.75 trillion package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acted immediately, calling for a vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill later in the day.

House delays infrastructure vote after progressives balk

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The House again delayed a vote on the president's bipartisan infrastructure bill Thursday after opposition by progressives made it clear the legislation would not pass.

Why it matters: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had told Democrats earlier in the day she would call a vote after President Biden said "my presidency will be determined" by the passage — or lack thereof — of his two massive spending bills.

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Ex-N.Y. Post digital chief files lawsuit alleging sexual harassment

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Former New York Post editor Michelle Gotthelf is suing her former employer, its parent company News Corp. and two editors, alleging she was reprimanded after complaining to senior executives that she was sexually harassed by retired N.Y. Post editor-in-chief Col Allan. The N.Y. Post issued a statement denying any wrongdoing.

Why it matters: "I felt that I owed it to myself and I owed it to the news organization and the people who answered to me," Gotthelf, who was a long time editor at the N.Y. Post, told Axios in an interview.

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