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Published 3:21 a.m. ET Nov. 28, 2018
Pelosi fights to regain speaker role as some Democrats call for change
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is vying for her party’s backing in a Democratic caucus vote Wednesday for House speaker as some within her party are calling for fresh leadership. A majority of Democrats are likely to vote in favor of Pelosi, who served as the first woman speaker from 2007 to 2011. Winning the Democratic nomination would bring her a step closer to the gavel that many expect her to regain. But it won’t be easy. Though she is running uncontested, a number of Democrats who oppose her are calling for a change in the “status quo.” She can’t afford to lose support from a significant bloc within her party if she hopes to win the speakership when the House votes in January.
Senate to vote on U.S. military role in Yemen
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will deliver a classified briefing on Wednesday to senators on Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi inside a Saudi consulate last month. The closed-door briefing could turn contentious, with lawmakers demanding the Trump administration take more aggressive action against Saudi Arabia for its role in the Washington Post columnist’s death. Many lawmakers believe that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s murder, although the Saudi government has denied that and President Donald Trump has cast doubt on the CIA reported conclusions that the crown prince was involved. The Senate is poised to vote as early as Wednesday on a proposal to force the administration to withdraw military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
Bigger is better at the Los Angeles Auto Show
America’s love for SUVs, crossovers and pickups will be on full display at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Some of the most hotly anticipated new and updated vehicles will be unveiled on Wednesday, including:
• Jeep Gladiator: It’s like the Wrangler SUV merged with a pickup. Expect a crew cab that’s virtually identical to a four-door Wrangler Unlimited SUV and a 5-foot bed on Jeep’s first pickup in decades.
• BMW X7: This massive SUV will clock in at 203.3 inches long and will offer three rows of seats and a choice of 3.0-liter six-cylinder or a 4.4L V8 engine.
• Hyundai Palisade: This big SUV will replace the lackluster Santa Fe XL as Hyundai’s three-row, family-carrying SUV.
• Kia Soul: The South Korean automaker plans to unveil an update to its compact small SUV popular with younger buyers.
USA TODAY’s Chris Woodyard breaks down the most anticipated announcements ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Melania Trump resumes public appearances after a hiatus
After her visit to the American Red Cross headquarters, where she helped assemble military comfort kits for American troops who have been deployed overseas,, first lady Melania Trump is heading to an “opioid town hall” in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Wednesday. The town hall is taking place at the Liberty University and will be hosted by ex-Fox News commentator Eric Bolling, whose teen son died of an accidental overdose of opioids in Sept. 2017. Trump is expected to deliver remarks addressing opioid abuse and meet with students to discuss the opioid epidemic, one of her signature first lady causes.
Judge must decide if company can continue work on Keystone pipeline
Attorneys for TransCanada, the company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline, will be asking a Montana judge Wednesday to change his order blocking the project so that pre-construction work can continue. The company wants U.S. District Judge Brian Morris to clarify or amend his ruling to say the injunction does not apply to activities such as finalizing contracts, purchasing materials, conducting land surveys and discussing federal permits. Earlier this month, the judge blocked the permit to build the pipeline from Alberta’s oil sands through a half-dozen U.S. states to the Gulf of Mexico until further environmental analysis is conducted. TransCanada wants to continue preparing for construction while it considers an appeal.
Contributing: Associated Press
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