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You can watch the question & answer session with Speaker Nancy Pelosi at Netroots Nation here. She was warmly welcomed when she came on stage at 9:15, and began with a short address before taking questions sent in by bloggers in advance.

The first question was about "inherent contempt": Why hasn't Congress used its power of inherent contempt to jail current and former members of the Bush administration who have ignored Congressional subpoenas? The Speaker talked instead about the failure of the Justice Department to pursue the complaint that the House has sent DOJ. Asked a second time about inherent contempt, and specifically when the House would "put [Karl Rove] into that little cell down in the basement", Speaker Pelosi responded that committee chairs have said they will take care of the matter. Congressman John Conyers, she said, asked her to leave it to him.

The next subject was the FISA bill. Speaker Pelosi said that Democrats will revisit the issue in the next Congress with a larger majority, and try to undo the damage done by the recent law. She shifted the blame for the FISA fiasco to the Senate for sending the House a bad bill. "We had no options," she said. The bill actually enacted was sent to the Senate by the House, however, not the reverse.

On the first two, very large issues, not an auspicious start. We're now moving on to less controversial issues, and the audience is reacting more favorably to Speaker Pelosi's answers.

Join in with this live blog.

Update [2008-7-19 11:22:47 by smintheus]: Rumors have been swirling that Al Gore would come to Netroots Nation to address us. He just appeared on stage to ask Nancy Pelosi about energy policy.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 07:57 AM PDT.

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