Hill Monitor: Armey Halted; DeLay Marches On

House majority leader Dick Armey's announcement last week that he will retire came as a surprise to most of his colleagues. But it has been clear to those around him that Armey hasn't been having much fun. The conservative Republican was beaten down and marginalized in his behind-the-scenes power struggle with majority whip (and fellow Texan) Tom DeLay, and has been edged aside in the day-to-day House operation by Speaker Denny Hastert, who is more engaged than predecessor Newt Gingrich.

DeLay is almost sure to get Armey's job. But his effort to consolidate his power in the House may run into...

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