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Pelosi is re-nominated for speaker by House Democrats

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was renominated for her position of Speaker of the House of Representatives by the members of the House Democrats on Wednesday after running unopposed, paving the way for a fourth two-year term in the role and securing her another term as the leader of the Democrats in the House.

During the 2018 midterm elections, Pelosi, who is now 80 years old, vowed that she would not run for re-election as Speaker of the House in 2022. This will most likely be her final term in the position and, with Democrats still holding a majority of House seats, she is widely expected to win re-election.

Pelosi first became speaker in 2006 after that year’s midterm elections that saw a blue wave sweep the House amidst an embattled George W. Bush administration, making her the first, and still only, female to ever hold the speakership.

Pelosi’s renomination comes off the heels of an election which saw Democrats lose six seats in the House, which has rehashed tensions between the progressive and moderate wings of the party as one side blames the other for losing those seats.

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Illegal Alien killed by Border Patrol after attempting to take gun from agent

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An illegal alien that was in custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon after attempting to take the gun of a Border Patrol agent in Ysleta, Texas, according to several Border Patrol officials that spoke to SaraACarter.com.

The area where the incident took place is east of El Paso and part of the El Paso Sector.

“The incident happened while the alien was in custody,” said Brandon Judd, who is a Border Patrol agent and the president of the National Border Patrol Council union that represents more than 18,000 agents.  “The alien was in custody and went for one of the agents guns. Two agents fired on the illegal alien. He was killed. The FBI is on scene now conducting the investigation.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

There were no other details readily available regarding the illegal alien or his nationality. This story is developing.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC

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