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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced Friday morning that he will not run for re-election in 2016, after 30 years of service in the chamber.

“My friend [Majority Leader] Senator McConnell, don’t be too elated — I’m gonna be here for 22 months,” Reid said humorously to his Republican rival, in a video posted on YouTube. “And you know what I’m gonna be doing? The same thing I’ve done since I first came to the Senate.”

“We have to make sure that the Democrats take control of the Senate again. And I feel it is inappropriate of me to suck up all those resources on me, when I could be devoting those resources to the caucus. And that’s what I intend to do.”

Reid was first elected to the Senate in 1986, becoming Democratic Minority Leader in late 2004. He served as Majority Leader for eight years, after the party’s victories in the 2006 midterm elections, until the Democrats lost control of the chamber in 2014.

During his time as Majority Leader, Reid presided over some of the most important social legislation in decades — most notably the Affordable Care Act, as well as the Dodd-Frank financial reform, and shepherding many other crucial parts of President Barack Obama’s agenda through Congress.

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Dr. Mehmet Oz and Sean Hannity

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Fox News prime-time host Sean Hannity is priming his audience to see election fraud in any defeat for Dr. Mehmet Oz, his favored candidate who currently leads the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania with two percent of votes outstanding. If the fast-closing hedge funder Dave McCormick takes the lead and the Oz camp claims the election has been stolen, it could set up a potentially explosive proxy war with Hannity’s colleague Laura Ingraham, whose Fox program favors McCormick and has suggested he is likely to prevail when all the votes are counted.

The GOP primary was a chaotic slugfest that split Fox’s slate of pro-GOP hosts in an unusually public way. Hannity was Oz’s most prominent supporter, reportedly securing the support of former President Donald Trump and using his program to endorse the TV personality, give him a regular platform, and target the challenge from right-wing commentator and Fox & Friends regular Kathy Barnette. Ingraham, meanwhile, used her Fox program (which airs in the hour following Hannity’s) to promote McCormick, criticize Oz, and defend Barnette.

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Overturning Roe v. Wade is very unpopular, yet another poll confirms. Nearly two out of three people, or 64 percent, told the NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll that Roe should not be overturned, including 62 percent of independents. The poll also includes some good news for Democrats.

According to the poll, the prospect of the Supreme Court striking down Roe in the most extreme way is motivating Democratic voters more than Republicans: Sixty-six percent of Democrats say it makes them more likely to vote in November compared with 40 percent of Republicans. That echoes a recent NBC poll finding a larger rise in enthusiasm about voting among Democrats than Republicans.

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