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    Former President Barack Obama was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award at a gala in midtown Manhattan Wednesday evening. 'I'm not sure if you've heard, but I've been on this hope kick for a while now. Even ran a couple of campaigns on it. Thank you for officially validating my hope credentials,' Obama said during his remarks. The organization's president, Kerry Kennedy, presented the award, which celebrates leaders 'who have demonstrated a commitment to social change.' Past recipients include Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Bono, George Clooney and Robert De Niro. 'If we summon our best selves, we can inspire others to do the same. It's easy to succumb to cynicism, the notion that hope is a fool's game,' Obama said. 'When our leaders are content on making up whatever facts they want, a lot of people have begun to doubt the notion of common ground,' Obama said. 'Bobby Kennedy's life reminds us to reject such cynicism.' Also honored with Ripple of Hope Awards were New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav and Humana CEO Bruce Broussard. Speakers included actors Alec Baldwin, Keegan-Michael Key, Alfre Woodard and journalist Tom Brokaw. This year also marks the 50 anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy's campaign for the White House.
  • Longtime Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards said he’s been drinking less and less over the past year and finally just “pulled the plug on it.” >> Read more trending news  The Stones guitarist and founding band member, who turns 75 next week, told Rolling Stone magazine, “I just got fed up with it.” He said he still has a glass of wine or a beer on occasion, but that he’s given up the harder stuff. “It was time to quit,” Richards said. “Just like all the other stuff.”  “I don’t notice any difference really – except for I don’t drink. I wasn’t feeling [right]. I’ve done it. I didn’t want that anymore,” he said. >> Trending: Cannibal Corpse guitarist attacks deputy as his ammo-filled home burns down Richards, who survived a cancer scare in 2010, talked with Rolling Stone ahead of the band’s North American leg of the “No Filter” tour, which kicks off next year in Miami.
  • The guitarist for the popular death metal band Cannibal Corpse was arrested Monday near his home in Tampa after he broke into a home and attacked a deputy, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. >> Read more trending news  Deputies said Pat O'Brien, 53, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and burglary after he broke into a home next to the Northdale Golf and Tennis Club in Tampa and pushed a woman to the ground. The Sheriff’s Office said in a release that O'Brien ran toward a responding deputy with a knife. The release said the deputy subdued O'Brien with a stun gun. Authorities said O'Brien did not know the residents in the home. Oddly, his nearby home on the 16000 block of Norwood Drive was on fire Monday night, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said. O’Brien’s home contained numerous weapons, ammunition and flame throwers, Fire Rescue said. “Crews arrived at the one-story home in the 16000 block of Norwood Dr. to find flames coming through the roof of the structure,” Fire Rescue wrote in a Facebook post. Officials said the ammunition was exploding due to the flames. “It took us nearly an hour to bring this one under control. Thankfully, there were no injuries,” Fire Rescue said. The HCSO bomb squad conducted a precautionary check of O’Brien’s home Tuesday morning. The cause of the fire is unknown. >> Trending: 50 Cent’s crew member killed on set of Starz series ‘Power’ O'Brien is being held on $50,000 bail. Cannibal Corpse, which was formed in 1988 in Buffalo N.Y., has a large following around the world. The band is now Tampa-based and will be part of an upcoming leg of Slayer's farewell tour.
  • Ferenc Kosa, winner of the best director award at the 1967 Cannes film festival, has died at 81, the Hungarian Academy of Arts said Wednesday. Kosa was recognized in Cannes for 'Ten Thousand Days,' about the travails of a Hungarian peasant family from the 1930s onward. The film was banned for a few years by officials in communist Hungary because of its references to the 1956 anti-Soviet revolution. 'Through his talent and commitment, (Kosa) played a defining role in the renovation of the Hungarian film artistry of the era,' the Hungarian Academy of Arts said. ''Ten Thousand Days' belongs by now to the classical assets of not just Hungarian, but universal film history.' Kosa co-wrote many of his scripts with poet and author Sandor Csoori and often worked with cinematographer Sandor Sara. Among the trio's works are 'Ten Thousand Days,' ''Judgment' (1970) and 'Snowfall' (1974). 'Kuldetes' ('Mission'), his 1977 portrait of Andras Balczo, winner of a total of three gold and two silver medals in the modern pentathlon at three Olympic Games, was a big success in Hungary but later banned for its criticism of the communist system. Upon Hungary's return to democracy in 1990, Kosa was a founder of the Socialist Party and a parliamentary lawmaker from 1990 to 2006. He played a key role in drafting Hungary's film and media laws, since greatly amended. Kosa was born in Nyiregyhaza, northeastern Hungary, on Nov. 21, 1937.
  • More than a month after welcoming her first child, former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kenya Moore is sharing Brooklyn Doris Daly with the world. Moore, 47, shared the first photo of her “miracle baby” in the latest issue of People, which she also posted on her Instagram page. >> Read more trending news  “I finally have everything I’ve dreamed of,” Moore told the magazine. “She’s so perfect in so many ways. This little angel … so beautiful. I feel so blessed. It’s all been so worth it.” The journey to get pregnant was not an easy one for the former Miss USA, who married New York restaurateur Marc Daly, 48, in St. Lucia in June 2017. “There were so many scares along the way,” Moore said. “We held our breath every time we went to the doctor.” With Moore being over the age of 40, her pregnancy was high-risk. People reported that doctors worried she had a false pregnancy when they couldn’t see the baby’s skeleton at the first ultrasound. She had pre-eclampsia in late October, which caused her to have extreme fluid retention and high blood pressure. Her condition worsened, and she was induced for labor. “They told me, ‘Your condition is worsening so get your bags and go straight to the hospital, you’re delivering today,’” Moore said. Daly flew in from New York and was by his wife’s side. Twelve hours after being hospitalized, Brooklyn was delivered via cesarean section, but the process took three hours. “They couldn’t get the baby out,” she said. “There were all these complications and they knew if they cut into a fibroid, I could potentially bleed out and die. So they ended up cutting me vertically, too, to just get the baby out and make sure I survived the surgery. They were so scared they were going to lose me.” Though her daughter was born six weeks premature, Moore says it was all worth it. “Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong, but she’s such a tough baby; so determined,” Moore said. “And every step of the way, she kept surviving and getting stronger. She’s my miracle baby. There’s no other way to describe it. She’s my miracle baby.” Brooklyn is the couple’s first child together.
  • A Muppet character that was introduced in 2011 has a new story line shining a light on a tragedy that affects many children in our country -- homelessness. Lily was introduced to the PBS neighborhood seven years ago. She had food insecurity, meaning her family didn’t have enough to eat.  At the time, Lily had the same story that nearly 17 million households experienced, The New York Times reported. Now, her story has evolved.  Lily, who is said to be 7 years old, has been reintroduced and is living with friends, telling the Elmo character, “Now we don’t have our own place to live, and sometimes I wonder if we’ll ever have our own home,” USA Today reported.  Elmo reassures Lily, telling her, “We got this,” adding her friends will be there for her. >> Read more trending news  Lily and her family are also staying in shelters, or staying with a person named Sofia, who works at a community center, the Times reported. Sesame Workshop gave Lily the new story line to give hope to children who watch the show and also don’t have a home of their own,  USA Today reported. It’s part of the group’s initiative called Sesame Street in Communities. For more on Sesame Street in Communities, click here.  Homelessness impacts every state, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.  A recent report by the HHS division Administration for Children and Families found that in 2015, a third of all people in shelters were families with children and half of the children who were helped by emergency or transitional housing were 5 or younger. From 2014 to 2015, 1,211,348 children-- or 1-in-20 -- in the U.S. under the age of 6 were homeless, according to government researchers.
  • The nominees for the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced Wednesday in Los Angeles by Laverne Cox and Awkwafina, and “A Star Is Born” leads the pack in film. Variety reported that the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga movie has four nominations, including best actor, best actress, best ensemble and best supporting actor. Other notable nominees include Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” John David Washington for “BlacKkKlansman,” Sterling K. Brown for “This Is Us,” Robin Wright for “House of Cards,” “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” >> Read more trending news  The awards are given annually by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists to recognize outstanding performances in film and prime time TV. The show will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS Jan. 27. The full list of nominees is below. Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:Christian Bale, “Vice”Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman” Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:Emily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns”Glenn Close, “The Wife”Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleMahershala Ali, “Green Book”Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleAmy Adams, “Vice”Emily Blunt, “A Quiet Place”Margot Robbie, “Mary Queen of Scots”Emma Stone, “The Favourite”Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite” Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture“A Star Is Born”“Black Panther”“BlacKkKlansman”“Bohemian Rhapsody”“Crazy Rich Asians” Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesAntonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”Darren Criss, “Assassination of Gianni Versace”Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal”Anthony Hopkins, “King Lear”Bill Pullman, “The Sinner”  Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesAmy Adams, “Sharp Objects”Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects”Penelope Cruz, “Assassination of Gianni Versace”Emma Stone, “Maniac” Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesJason Bateman, “Ozark”Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale”John Krasinski, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesJulia Garner, “Ozark”Laura Linney, “Ozark”Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”Robin Wright, “House of Cards” Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy SeriesAlan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method”Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”Bill Hader, “Barry”Henry Winkler, “Barry” Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesAlex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”Alison Brie, “GLOW”Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie” Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series“The Americans”“Better Call Saul”“The Handmaid’s Tale”“Ozark”“This Is Us” Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series“Atlanta”“Barry”“GLOW”“The Kominsky Method”“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series“Glow”“Marvel’s: Daredevil”“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”“The Walking Dead”“Westworld” Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture“Ant-Man and the Wasp”“Avengers: Infinity War”“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”“Black Panther”“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”
  • Things got a little hot for 98 Degrees on Tuesday, but a U.S. senator from Connecticut quickly jumped in to cool down the controversy. >> Read more trending news  The band -- known for the songs “I Do (Cherish You),” “Because of You” and “What Christmas Means to Me” -- was in Norwalk preparing for a Wednesday concert. Tuesday afternoon, the band’s tour buses were kicked out of a grocery store parking lot in Norwalk, WVIT reported. The buses were there because the hotel the band was staying at -- ironically, named Zero Degrees -- did not have room for the vehicles, the Albany Times-Union reported. Lauren De Bruijn, who was shopping at the grocery store, told the newspaper that, “The buses look nefarious and the whole thing is so mysterious and weird.” The buses were finally evicted, but U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy heard about it and tweeted that the treatment of the band was “unacceptable.” “98 Degrees should be treated like the kings they indisputably are,” Murphy tweeted. The band responded with a tweet, joking that they were looking for “less nefarious tour buses.” The group -- brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons -- are playing Wednesday night at the Ridgefield Playhouse. In their tweet, they invited Murphy to the show and for tea in the afternoon backstage.
  • Robert Caro's next book isn't his fifth and final volume on Lyndon Johnson or like anything he has done before. 'Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing,' to be published by Alfred A. Knopf in April, combines personal reflections and professional guidance as Caro looks back on his singular history as a writer and reporter. The book includes previous lectures and interviews, but also new material. In the introduction, the 83-year-old Caro writes that the 240-page 'Working' is not a 'full-length memoir,' which he still hopes to write, but a more informal gathering of 'thoughts' and 'experiences' behind such prize-winning books as his Johnson biography 'Master of the Senate' and his classic book on municipal builder Robert Moses, 'The Power Broker.' 'Here we have ... some scattered, almost random glimpses of a few encounters I've had while doing the research on the Moses and Johnson books, encounters both with documents and with witnesses,' he writes. 'It includes also a few things I've learned or discovered, or think I've learned or discovered, about the writing of biography and indeed nonfiction in general which I'd like to share or pass along.' Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards said this week that Caro had been thinking about the book for a long time and that it 'opens a window' into his career. Caro does have disappointing news for those waiting for the next Johnson book: The author remains 'several years' from completion. The fourth Johnson biography, 'The Passage of Power,' came out in 2012, and ended in the initial months of Johnson's presidency, after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The fifth book is expected to cover the rest of his time in the White House, which he left in 1969, and continue to his death four years later. Caro began writing about Johnson in the mid-1970s and over the decades has built a large and obsessive following, somehow keeping readers in suspense as if he were writing installments for a novel. His Johnson biographies, which also include 'Means of Ascent' and 'The Path to Power,' each run several hundred pages or more and have contained extensive sections on everything from rural electrification to the passing of a Senate bill. The books have brought Caro the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle prize and made him among the world's most famous and influential historians. In his introduction to 'Working,' Caro raises an obvious question. 'Why am I publishing these random recollections toward a memoir while I'm still working on the last volume of the Johnson biography, when I haven't finished it, while I'm still — at the age of 83 — several years from finishing it?' he writes. 'The answer is, I'm afraid, quite obvious, and if I forget it for a few days, I am frequently reminded of it, by journalists who, in writing about me and my hopes of finishing, often express their doubts of that happening in a sarcastic phrase: 'Do the math.' 'Well, I can do that math. I am quite aware that I may never get to write the memoir, although I have so many thoughts about writing, so many anecdotes about research, that I would like to preserve for anyone interested enough to read them. I decided that, just in case, I'd put some of them down on paper now.
  • A new series about slain Tejano icon Selena Quintanilla is heading to Netflix in 2020, the streaming service announced Tuesday. According to a Netflix press release, the scripted drama, produced by Campanario Entertainment, is 'a coming-of-age story following Selena as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family and music.' The singer's family is 'fully involved in the project and will be executive producers,' the release said.  >> Read more trending news  'Selena will always have a lasting place in music history, and we feel great responsibility to do justice to her memory,' the singer's sister, Suzette Quintanilla, said in a statement. 'With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she has had on all of our lives. We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come.' Quintanilla, who was killed in 1995 by her fan club's president, gained international fame before her death at age 23, selling more than 65 million albums, NBC News reported. Read more here.

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  • A trespasser and possible burglar found himself in a sticky situation this week after he became trapped in the grease vent of a closed-down Chinese restaurant in San Lorenzo, California, deputies said. >> Read more trending news  According to KGO, firefighters on Wednesday rescued the man from the vent, where he had been trapped for two days, after the owner of a nearby business heard him calling for help. He was hospitalized for dehydration and 'is expected to make a full recovery,' the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said. >> See a photo from the scene here The 29-year-old suspect may have been trying to break in to steal copper wire or plumbing, said Sgt. Ray Kelly, a Sheriff's Office spokesman. 'We can confirm this man was not Santa Claus and did not have legal authority to be here,' Kelly said. Authorities are submitting the case to the district attorney, who will determine whether the man will face any charges, the Sheriff's Office said. Read more here.
  • As President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday by a federal judge, prosecutors in New York revealed that the publisher of the National Enquirer tabloid, American Media Inc., had admitted paying $150,000 to a former Playboy model, in order to insure that her story of an affair with Mr. Trump would not become public before the 2016 election. “AMI admitted that it made the $150,000 payment in concert with a candidate’s presidential campaign, and in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York stated. The feds made clear the financial transaction was completed for only one reason: “AMI further admitted that its principal purpose in making the payment was to suppress the woman’s story so as to prevent it from influencing the election,” read the “Statement of Admitted Facts” agreed to by the feds and AMI. The candidate involved in the story was President Trump – the person helping negotiate the deal was Cohen, and the head of AMI was Trump ally, David Pecker. In the ‘Admitted Facts’ laid out on Wednesday, Pecker acknowledged having a meeting around August of 2015 with Cohen – and one unidentified member of the Trump campaign – in which “Pecker offered to help deal with negative stories about that presidential candidate’s relationships with women, by among other things, assisting the campaign in identifying such stories so they could be purchased and their publication avoided.” That’s what happened with the case of Karen McDougal, a Playboy model who has claimed she had an affair with the President. In June 2016, McDougal thought she was selling the rights to her story to be published in the National Enquirer – instead, AMI was looking out for the President. “Following the interview, AMI communicated to Cohen that it would acquire the story to prevent its publication,” the feds stipulated about AMI’s role. The U.S. Attorney’s office announced that officials had agreed not to prosecute AMI for that $150,000 transaction on behalf of Cohen and President Trump, even though it amounted to a violation of federal campaign finance laws. SDNY says it reached a non-prosecution agreement with AMI in connection with the $150k McDougal payment. 'AMI further admitted that its principal purpose in making the payment was to suppress the woman’s story *so as to prevent it from influencing the election.'* pic.twitter.com/NpP1uGGyZC — Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) December 12, 2018 Pecker’s role in the McDougal story did not end with the $150,000 payment, as in the late stages of the 2016 campaign, Cohen moved to buy the ‘limited life rights’ to the McDougal story from AMI for $125,000. But in October of 2016, Pecker backed off – even after signing an agreement with Cohen which utilized a fake payment explanation through a shell company set up by the President’s personal lawyer. “At no time did AMI report to the Federal Election Commission that it had made the $150,000 payment to the model,” prosecutors wrote, saying that “AMI knew that corporations such as AMI are subject to federal campaign finance laws.” In other words – the feds saw this hush money transaction as a contribution to President Trump’s campaign – by keeping the women’s story out of the headlines. Reporters immediately went back to 2016 to dig up denials by AMI that it had been involved in these kinds of actions. American Media to WSJ in 2016: 'AMI has not paid people to kill damaging stories about Mr. Trump.' Fed prosecutors in 2018: 'AMI admitted that it made the $150,000 payment…in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate.' — Joe Palazzolo (@joe_palazzolo) December 12, 2018 The process is known as “catch and kill” – and was documented just before the election by the Wall Street Journal, and then in recent months by the New Yorker magazine. It was not immediately clear if AMI – and Pecker – were in a position to offer other important information to investigators about President Trump and/or his campaign. “The writing’s on the wall,” said Rep. Denny Heck (D-NV) of the President’s legal situation on CNN. “The walls are closing in.”
  • A Kentucky woman is behind bars after police say she killed her newborn baby. According to WKYT, Amber Bowling, 21, of Manchester, has been charged with murder after police say she hid the infant in a garbage bag, then threw the child 'over the upstairs banister' of an apartment building. Police said the baby, born Sunday, was found dead Tuesday morning, WAVE reported. According to the autopsy, the newborn suffered fractures to the cranium and ribs, as well as brain bleeding, WLEX reported. >> Read more trending news  Bowling, who was arrested Wednesday, is being held in the Clay County Detention Center, according to WAVE. Read more here or here.
  • With more evidence of election fraud still surfacing in the race for North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District, the legislature in the Tar Heel State voted on Wednesday to give new powers to the state elections board, allowing the panel to call for an entirely new election – including a new primary – possibly allowing Republicans to field a new candidate for the seat in 2019. No action on the race – in which Republican Mark Harris defeated Democrat Dan McCready by just 905 votes – has yet been taken by the North Carolina State Board of Elections, which is set to hold a new hearing before December 21; the Governor must decide whether to sign this new bill by December 22. The actions by the state legislature came as new evidence has emerged of possible absentee ballot fraud, including charges that a GOP operative may have been in possession of hundreds of ballots, and that preliminary totals of absentees in one county were tallied before Election Day, a violation of state law. Well, looks like there will be a primary in the #nc09 after all #StayTuned pic.twitter.com/aDJXnURV1I — Michael Bitzer (@BowTiePolitics) December 12, 2018 Under North Carolina law as currently written, the board of elections can only order a new election with the same candidates involved – but Republicans are worried that Harris – who also faces questions about possible fraud in the GOP primary – might be too tainted because of his ties to McRae Dowless, who was running some kind of absentee ballot operation in rural Bladen County for the Harris campaign. While Harris lost the absentee-by-mail votes across the Ninth District to Democrat Dan McCready, Harris on 61 percent of those votes in Bladen County – even though registered Republicans cast only 19 percent of those specific ballots. Stories have also emerged in recent days from people who did work for Dowless, saying that he had hundreds of absentee ballots in his possession, something which is illegal under North Carolina law. Dowless has been accused of not only collecting ballots, but also possibly tampering with, and discarding them. While Harris has denied knowledge of any absentee ballot operation, the GOP winner has been quiet about the almost daily drumbeat of new information, save for a video statement made several days ago. BREAKING: We have obtained a photo of Mark Harris and McCrae Dowless together. The picture was taken in March at a political event in Bladen County. The person who took the photo has asked us to not identify them. #NC09 #ncpol @wsoctv pic.twitter.com/v4w9L6GwAa — Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) December 12, 2018 If the North Carolina elections board decides to hold a new election, it would probably take months for the primary and general election – leaving that seat vacant as the 116th Congress convenes in January. So far, Democrats have not indicated whether they will investigate the election fraud questions from the November election, along with questions about possible absentee ballot fraud in the GOP primary, which saw Harris win an astounding 95 percent of the absentee-by-mail ballots in Bladen County, as he defeated incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC). Pittenger has not said if he will run again, but has raised questions about Dowless and possible fraud.
  • Winning over the votes of a last rebel group of House Democrats, Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday evening that she would agree to serve no more than four years as Speaker of the House, accepting a plan from younger lawmakers in her party which would limit senior House leadership to a maximum of eight years in those high profile positions. “I am comfortable with the proposal and it is my intention to abide by it whether it passes or not,” Pelosi said in a statement, as Democrats planned a vote by mid-February on the term limit plan. Pelosi’s agreement seems to pave the way for her to bring on board a final group of Democrats who had demanded an overhaul of their party’s leadership in the House, which is dominated by lawmakers – like Pelosi – who are in their 70’s. “I firmly believe that the reforms we have advocated for will create advancement opportunities for the next generation of Democratic leaders and will strengthen our Caucus,” said Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA). “I have pushed for new leadership because I want to see generational change in the Democratic Caucus,” said Rep. Earl Perlmutter (D-CO). “We will support and vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House in the 116th Congress,” a group including Perlmutter and six other Democratic holdouts said in a statement. BREAKING: Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, a Democrat, says she'll serve no more than four years as House speaker, all but ensuring she'll be elected to the post in January. — AP Politics (@AP_Politics) December 12, 2018 While Pelosi had easily won a vote of House Democrats after Thanksgiving to be the next Speaker, there were still questions about whether she could secure 218 votes on the floor of the House in January. This agreement will seal the deal, as Pelosi said she would serve no more than four more years as Speaker. Pelosi is the first House member to serve as Speaker – then see her party lose the minority, and return as Speaker – since Sam Rayburn did that in the mid-1950’s. While Republicans in the House had embraced term limits for committee chairs, the GOP had not applied those limits to the Speaker. Pelosi had expressed confidence that she would be able to grind out enough votes to win a floor showdown as Speaker, but in the end, she decided to cut a deal to end any suspense. “Over the summer, I made it clear that I see myself as a bridge to the next generation of leaders,” Pelosi said in a statement, “a recognition of my continuing responsibility to mentor and advance new Members into positions of power and responsibility in the House Democratic Caucus.”