Harry Reid

Senate Republicans Don't Get It: The Democrats Aren't Bluffing
October 13, 2013

Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate Republicans, approached Democrats with a new offer over the weekend: He and his colleagues would vote to open the government and increase its borrowing authority, as long as Democrats would agree to accept the de

Thank God Joe Biden Has Been Marginalized in the Shutdown Standoff
Here's What He Did Last Time
October 08, 2013

Politico reports today that Joe Biden, who led President Obama's negotiations in last winter's "fiscal cliff" standoff, has been noticeably absent during the showdowns over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling.

Harry Reid's 13 Bluntest Quotes
October 04, 2013

Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid drew flak—especially from the right—after ineloquently responding to a question from CNN's Dana Bash about kids with cancer. Here are 13 more examples of Reid's blunt, undisciplined tongue.

The Republicans Are Starting to Reek of Desperation
October 03, 2013

House Republican leaders are starting to look pretty desperate.

United Democrats Stand, Divided Republicans Fall
October 01, 2013

A little while ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid arrived at an event on Capitol Hill and got a huge applause from some fellow Democrats. That probably doesn’t seem surprising. Reid has always been popular with members of his caucus.

The Winners—and One Big Loser—of the Filibuster Fight
July 16, 2013

As you’ve heard or read by now, perhaps from my colleague Alec MacGillis, the big standoff over presidential nominations and the filibuster is over.

Bring on the Nuclear Option!
July 15, 2013

Sometimes gridlock is good. Ninety-eight senators met in a rare, closed-door session on Monday night. A smaller group of senators, including the leaders of both parties, met separately afterwards.

Lamar Alexander's Agenda for a Filibuster-Free Senate
July 15, 2013

Is Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander such a proud upholder of Senate tradition that he can’t bear to give ground on the filibuster? Is he simply spoiling for a fight?

Nuclear War
Why filibuster reform matters
July 15, 2013

What happens if an entire 80-year-old agency of the United States government with some 1700 employees effectively ceases functioning, even as it continues to exist on paper and occupy a line on the federal budget?

Why a Filibuster Rule Change Won't Turn the Senate Into the House
July 12, 2013

Harry Reid’s threat to change filibuster rules so executive nominees will only require 51 votes for approval has touched off dire warnings that doing so would put the Senate on a slippery slope to becoming more like the House.