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First Female Speaker, Muslim Member Sworn In as House Convenes

The 110th Congress was sworn in Thursday, bringing with it the first female speaker of the House and the first Muslim congressman. NewsHour reports on the opening session, as the Democrats took the majority for the first time in 12 years.

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  • KWAME HOLMAN:

    Nancy Pelosi began the most significant day of her political career by attending a morning prayer service at a Catholic church two blocks from the Capitol. And at Pelosi's invitation, several Republicans attended as well, including Minority Leader John Boehner. Pelosi's deputy, Maryland's Steny Hoyer, stopped to talk to reporters.

    REP. STENY HOYER (D-MD), House Majority Leader: We're going to have a historic day and the elevation of the first woman in our history to the speakership of the House of Representatives, third in line for the presidency. Nancy Pelosi will bring a focus, she has said, on bringing civility, integrity, and fiscal responsibility to the House of Representatives.

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