- - Monday, March 21, 2011


Pelosi taken to hospital

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was hospitalized briefly in Rome on Monday after arriving from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan.

“After several flights yesterday in Afghanistan and a long flight back to Italy that arrived early this morning, Leader Pelosi was not feeling well,” her office said in a statement. “This morning in Rome, [she] was advised to visit a clinic, and the closest medical facility was a hospital. [Mrs. Pelosi] is now resuming her schedule in Italy.”

The Italian news agency ANSA reported that Mrs. Pelosi, the California Democrat who lost the speaker’s post in November’s midterm elections, spent two hours undergoing tests in the emergency department of a Rome hospital before being released and returning to her hotel.

A press briefing with Italian Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa and a top Italian parliamentarian that had been on Mrs. Pelosi’s schedule was postponed.

The U.S. Embassy in Rome declined to comment. The 70-year-old Mrs. Pelosi was heading a bipartisan congressional delegation to Afghanistan and stopped in Rome to mark the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification as a nation.


Panel to examine telecom merger

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith announced Monday that the panel will schedule a hearing to examine the proposed merger of telecommunications giants AT&T and T-Mobile.

The Texas Republican said the proposed merger raises “important questions” about competition in the telecom industry, its potential effect on U.S. consumers and the future of wireless communications.

“Congress must take a close look at the plan to ensure that the proposed merger promotes a healthy and competitive telecommunications market,” Mr. Smith said.


Democrats question Obama on Libya

Add Virginia Sen. Jim Webb to the list of Democrats questioning President Obama’s decision to intervene militarily in Libya.

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