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COVID shots are finally connected to myocarditis, documents at Mar-a-Lago apparently were not taken for nefarious reasons, and the FBI had informants inside the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys before the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.

Plus, Tara Palmeri reported ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s speech that the longtime Democratic leader would not seek a leadership post, now that Republicans attained majority status in the House.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will walk out onto the House floor to take her final bow after 19 years as head of the Democratic caucus with a speech about passing the torch from one generation to the next, I’m told. But instead of riding high into retirement, as has long been assumed, or becoming ambassador to Italy—a diplomatic posting the White House has been holding open for her—Pelosi will announce that she plans to stay in Congress as a backbencher, roaming the halls in a sort of emeritus role and helping to guide Democrats through their turn in the minority.

The decision to step down from leadership was reached over the weekend, as I reported on Monday, after Pelosi crafted a retirement speech with the help of the celebrity historian and presidential biographer Jon Meacham, a favorite of the Democratic elite, including Joe Biden, for exactly these types of moments. I was told there were multiple drafts of the speech, signifying Pelosi’s indecision and the fluidity of the midterm election results.

But the decision to stay on as a backbencher was only reached days ago.

The new Speaker of the House is expected to be Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

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