With several senior Democrats announcing their retirement from the House, and hopes of regaining control of the chamber this year rapidly dwindling, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi is looking increasingly isolated, observers say. Still, insiders believe Pelosi is eager to remain in charge of her caucus through at least 2016, in the hope of seeing Hillary Clinton elected president. "The first woman Speaker of the House would want to help the first woman president of the United States," said one Democratic aide. "I don't see anything that shows she's heading for the exits."
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