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Pelosi: 'Hillary Clinton Is a Progressive'
 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday defended Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton from attacks on her record from Republicans, but stopped short of an endorsement.

Watch Live: House Hearing on U.S. Middle East Strategy
 

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will testify at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. strategy in Iraq and Syria.

Speier Recalls Jonestown Massacre, 37 Years Later

Rep. Jackie Speier knows exactly how it feels to be left for dead.

On Nov. 18, 1978, she was shot five times on a remote airstrip in Guyana, South America. Her boss, Rep. Leo J. Ryan and four others lay dead nearby, killed by gunfire as they tried to escape Jonestown, the commune built by cult leader Jim Jones.

House Holds Moment of Silence for Victims of Paris Attacks
 

As members of Congress debated how to respond to the terrorist attacks in Paris on television shows and in news statements, they paused Monday night to pay tribute to the victims.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., held a moment of silence on the House floor Monday at around 7 p.m. to honor the victims of the attacks.

Paul Ryan's Weekly Press Conference
 

Speaker Paul D. Ryan holds his second news conference since his election as speaker of the House on Oct. 29.

Paul Ryan Nominated for Speaker
 

Ryan was backed by the vast majority of the conference in the secret ballot election, receiving 200 votes, according to an official readout of the results. Forty-three members voted for Rep. Daniel Webster, a Florida Republican whose supporters think Ryan is too enmeshed in the establishment, while Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., each received a single vote.

Standing alongside GOP leaders after the meeting, Ryan gave a brief statement to reporters and took no questions.

House Votes to Revive Ex-Im Bank
 

They got warmed up early Tuesday evening, when the support of nearly every Democrat made it possible for 127 Republicans to circumvent GOP leadership and pass legislation to reopen the Export-Import Bank.

The bipartisan, 313-118 victory was made possible through successful execution of a "discharge petition," a quirky procedural maneuver that forces floor consideration of any bill within a certain window of time, provided enough members sign on in support.

Watch Live: Hillary Clinton Testifies Before Benghazi Committee
 

Fmr. Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify before the House Select Committee on Benghazi about the events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Coverage begins at 10 a.m.

Issa: McCarthy 'Most Important Endorsement' for Speaker Candidates
 

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said Thursday that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will be the “most important endorsement” for speaker candidates following news that McCarthy had dropped out of the race for speaker.

“I think it’s pretty obvious that all members of the delegation of the conference were shocked,” Issa said. “Kevin McCarthy had the vast majority of the conference’s confidence and votes, but he’s made a decision that I believe he couldn’t get to 218 and as a result, he’s taken himself out of the running in favor of a candidate who can get to 218. And I believe he’s going to be the most influential voice as to who we can get to get to 218.”

McCarthy Drops Out of Race for Speaker
 

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has taken himself out of the race for House speaker. The first step in the speaker selection was supposed to start at noon Thursday, but members shocked reporters and congressional watchers when they came out of the room and said elections had been postponed.

In a 1 p.m. news conference, McCarthy said: “We need a new face. … I don’t want to go to the floor and win with 220 votes."