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The Outgoing Majority

On the Republican side, Hastert is as good as retired; he announced yesterday that he won't stand for minority leader.  The current majority leader, John Boehner, has declared his intention to run for minority leader but faces a challenge from a leading conservative, Mike Pence.  House members have moved their leadership elections back two days from next Wednesday to next Friday.

The Chicago Tribune writes about Hastert's announcement that he will he step down as party leader.  "It was a sex scandal that made Dennis Hastert the House speaker and a sex scandal that helped unmake him."  

Roll Call covers an incoming Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell talking about bipartisanship and other Republicans on the Hill privately blaming their losses on Bush.