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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Thursday that ousted Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.) will continue to serve the panel as chairman emeritus, a post with unclear duties but that represents an olive branch to the fallen gavel-holder. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) successfully nabbed the chairmanship from Dingell earlier in the morning when his colleagues voted 137-122 to give him the helm of the committee in the next Congress. Pelosi made the announcement to the Members of her Democratic Caucus following the vote.

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