An Unlikely Dove Picks a New Fight

As the House Democrats struggle to present a united front ahead of the November elections, what promises to be a nasty fight has broken out within the caucus. Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha, the onetime hawk whose call last November for a troop pullout in Iraq turned him into the antiwar movement's most celebrated voice, sent a two-sentence letter last week to his Democratic colleagues notifying them that he plans to run for majority leader if his party wins back the House. That's a direct challenge to the man who would be in line for the job, Democratic whip Steny Hoyer, a...

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