Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate Harry Reid speaks during the dedication of the Dr. Norman Borlaug statue in the National Statuary Hall at the U. S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

Harry Reid vs. The Smooth Deal

Democrats will miss Harry Reid more than they think.

March 30, 2015
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Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘The Good Fight’

Harry Reid’s 2009 memoir, ‘The Good Fight: Hard Lessons from Searchlight to Washington,’ chronicles his journey from poverty to the Senate floor.

March 29, 2015
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Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid To Retire In 2016

During his time as Majority Leader, Reid presided over some of the most important legislation in decades.

March 27, 2015
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Senate Leaders Reach Deal To Avoid Homeland Security Shutdown

The Senate is moving forward on DHS funding — but John Boehner and the House still need to act.

February 25, 2015
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Republicans Fear 2010 Redux In Nevada Senate Race

Nevada Republicans are already worried about recruiting the next Sharron Angle.

February 12, 2015
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New Federal Budget Bill Lets Political Parties Cash In

Learn more about the new campaign finance regulations that sparked bipartisan fury.

December 16, 2014
A photograph of Jessica Redfield Ghawi, killed in the Aurora shooting, sits near the podium during a press conference at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on December 10, 2014 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb) (Correction: Jessica Redfield Ghawi was originally misidentified in this caption.)

Newtown Marks Massacre Anniversary With Reflection

On Sunday, Newtown marked the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre.

December 15, 2014
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Congress Negotiators Agree On Spending Bill To Avoid Shutdown

Congress appears to have avoided a government shutdown — for now.

December 10, 2014
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Elizabeth Warren Assures Harry Reid

Senator Warren isn’t running for president (unless she is.)

November 17, 2014
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Elizabeth Warren Gets Seat At Leadership Table

Learn more about Senator Warren’s big new job.

November 13, 2014
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Republicans Elect Mitch McConnell As U.S. Senate Leader

There were no surprises in the Senate leadership elections.

November 13, 2014
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Why The Democrats Should Unilaterally Disarm And Kill The Filibuster

How giving up their biggest weapon could help Democrats win a majority that actually works.

November 10, 2014
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Script Flipped In 2016 Senate Majority Battle

After a brutal 2014, the Democrats will have a chance to go on offense.

November 6, 2014
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Vulnerable Senate Democrats Almost Always Voted With Obama

Democrats who have voted with Obama in the past are now facing challenges with midterm elections.

October 27, 2014
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Harry Reid Apologizes For Jokes At Asian-American Function

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has a history of insensitive and off-color remarks, apologized Friday for a pair of jokes he made before the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. “I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are,” […]

August 22, 2014
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For Senate Leaders, Conflicts Take A Personal Turn And Play Out In Public

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Four minutes after the Senate returned from its Fourth of July recess this week, Harry Reid laced into Mitch McConnell. Senate Republican leaders were throwing a “temper tantrum,” Reid told the Senate. Their conduct was “outrageous.” Once uncommon, it was another ugly yet routine day in the […]

July 11, 2014
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Where Does The Buck Stop?

WASHINGTON — Some elections are contests between voters who are happy and voters who are not. This fall’s elections are of a different sort: Since almost all the voters are unhappy with politics, the battle will be over which party gets the blame for dysfunction, inaction and disillusionment. No one understands this better than Harry […]

July 10, 2014
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McConnell Promises To Fight Abortions If GOP Wins Control Of Senate

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is hard at work on the Senate’s agenda — that is, of course, if Republicans take over in November. As Cortney O’Brien reports at the conservative site Town Hall, McConnell used the last day of the National Right to Life Convention to vow that he and his fellow Republicans would […]

June 30, 2014

Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange Sparks Bipartisan Backlash In Congress

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday battled a bipartisan storm of criticism over President Barack Obama’s decision to order the exchange of Taliban leaders for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Senior lawmakers from both parties are questioning the administration’s justification for acting without first consulting members of Congress […]

June 4, 2014
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In Defense Of Koch Brothers, Tea Party Group Files Ethics Complaint Against ‘Mean-Spirited’ Harry Reid

The Tea Party Patriots have had enough of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) crusade against billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. On Monday, the right-wing group filed a formal ethics complaint against Senator Reid, in which they called the Democrat’s campaign against the Kochs an “abuse of power.” “It’s been generations since a member of the Senate has […]

June 3, 2014
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Democratic Senators: Amend Constitution To Limit Money In Elections

By Stephanie Haven, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Senate began debate Tuesday on a Democrat-proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the government to regulate campaign money again, a response to recent Supreme Court rulings that removed limits on certain election contributions. Democrats argue that the Supreme Court’s decisions in two cases allowed billionaires — […]

June 3, 2014
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Senate Republicans Play Election Politics, Kill Bipartisan Energy Bill And Keystone Pipeline Vote

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans killed what could have served as a rare example of bipartisan consensus, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act. The legislation, which was sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), should have passed; the bill’s provisions were far from controversial and a similar companion bill in the Republican-controlled House had […]

May 13, 2014
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Keystone Vote Dies Along With Energy Efficiency Bill

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The chances for a Senate vote to approve the Keystone pipeline died on Monday along with an energy efficiency bill, victims of Congress’ inability to do anything regarding energy policy. The Senate, paralyzed by partisan bickering, has not been able to pass a major energy bill since 2007, […]

May 13, 2014
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GOP Senators Block Minimum-Wage Hike But Democrats Vow To Try Again

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A top election-year proposal from Democrats — a bid to raise the federal minimum wage — was rejected by Republicans in the Senate, who blocked legislation Wednesday to boost the rate to $10.10 an hour. President Barack Obama has turned the plight of the nation’s low-wage workers into […]

April 30, 2014
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Senate Republicans Shoot Down Minimum Wage Hike

Washington (AFP) – U.S. Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a hotly-contested measure to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, smothering President Barack Obama’s priority effort to improve pay for working-class Americans. A united Democratic front convinced just one Republican, Bob Corker, to back the measure, and with a vote count of 54-42, […]

April 30, 2014