Washington Post — Pelosi urges Democrats to take a ‘deep breath’ — and takes charge of her party

Ever since she reclaimed the gavel in January, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been her party’s unquestioned leader.

That perch has been bolstered this week as she has asserted herself as Democrats’ seasoned and pragmatic strategist following the conclusion of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation.

From reassuring and reining in Democrats galled by Attorney General William P. Barr for issuing only a summary of the special counsel’s findings, to rallying her colleagues to fight the Trump administration’s efforts to gut President Barack Obama’s health-care law, Pelosi has taken charge.

And as the large Democratic presidential primary field still takes shape — and lacks a front-runner to serve as its pacesetter — Pelosi has stepped in to do just that.

“Be calm. Take a deep breath,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) told House Democrats during a closed-door meeting Tuesday, according to attendees. “We have to handle this professionally, officially, patriotically, strategically.”

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