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Thank You Ted Cruz

The Democratic controlled Senate is going out in style with a record number of confirmations for President Obama.  And they had some unlikely (if unintended) help: Thanks to some help from Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada — and arguably Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who delayed the Senate over a procedural fight — 132 executive nominations were approved [...]

Cruz apologizes for making senators work on Saturday, but not for helping Harry Reid

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have faced some anger from other Republicans over their weekend stunt that forced the Senate into a Saturday session to express symbolic opposition to President Obama's immigration moves. Show More Summary

Democrats push to get judicial vacancies down to Bush-era levels

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) It's been two decades since the Senate confirmed as many judges as it is currently on track to do in 2014. If Democrats succeed at confirming the 12 judges Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to get votes on before the Senate goes home for Christmas, the year's total will be 88, the highest since 1994. Show More Summary

Weekly Standard and a media hack attack Reid for family illness

As he tries to keep enough senators in town for long enough to hold confirmation votes for several of President Obama's nominees, Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed his sympathy for senators who want to go home, saying that "I haven't been home... Show More Summary

How Ted Cruz gave Harry Reid an opening to confirm Obama's nominees

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is happy to take advantage of any opening a Ted Cruz tantrum provides. By dragging out the road to a Senate vote on funding the government, Sen. Ted Cruz inadvertently gave Democrats the time to get a few other things done. Show More Summary

Cruz Stabs McConnell In Back, Forces Weekend Senate Vote-o-Rama

Senator Ted Cruz blew up a handshake deal between Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid to vote on Senate nominees and the so-called Cromnibus bill Monday evening. The Hill: Cruz took to the floor late Friday to castigate congressional leaders...Show More Summary

Mitch McConnell Wants to Open a Giant Loophole for Superrich Donors. Harry Reid Has Vowed to Stop Him.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is vowing to block any effort by his GOP counterpart, Mitch McConnell, to loosen the nation's campaign finance limits as part of a bipartisan budget deal taking shape in Congress. Last week,...Show More Summary

Reid says he won't agree to tax plan that doesn't extend tax breaks he was ready to jettison

The plot is getting weirder in the case of the bad tax package Harry Reid negotiated with House Republicans, soon scuttled by a White House veto threat and profound opposition from liberal Senate Democrats. After initially working out...Show More Summary

Reid threatens to keep Senate in session another week to prevent government shutdown

Work three weeks in December? You monster. And now, in accordance with the usual holiday traditions, it's time for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to let the world's slowest deliberative body know that if they can't get the most basic...Show More Summary

Reid's tax package deal with House GOP effectively dead after veto threat

WTF, guys? The deal Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was apparently close to sealing with House Republican leaders to make a bunch of tax breaks for corporations permanent while ending others that help lower- and middle-income families, seems pretty much dead now. Show More Summary

Harry Reid preps deal to lock in big business tax cuts and screw over middle class

Would Harry Reid's last big act as majority leader for the next two years be to screw over the middle class to help out business? If ThinkProgress's sources are right, that's what could be happening. Igor Volksy writes that sources tell...Show More Summary

Republicans don't hate filibuster reform quite so much anymore

Since Senate Democrats passed filibuster reform last year in order to get President Obama's nominees confirmed, Republicans have been on a rampage. Harry Reid ruled the Senate like a tyrant, they complained. He ruined the institution, they said. Show More Summary

The Right Is Lining Up Its Anti-Loretta Lynch Talking Points

Want to know how the GOP is going to prevent Loretta Lynch's confirmation if Harry Reid can't get her confirmed in the lame-duck session? This is the first line of attack: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) said Saturday that President Barack Obama's nomination to replace Attorney General Eric Holder, Brooklyn U.S. Show More Summary

LDS Bishop: Harry Reid Not Worthy Of Being Mormon Because He’s A Democrat

A Los Angeles LDS bishop says Harry Reid isn’t worthy of entering a Mormon temple because of his support of Democratic issues. LDS bishop Mark Paredes conceded Friday that, in retrospect, he could have worded his concerns about Reid, a fellow believer, “more artfully.” Writing on his long-standing blog at the Jewish Journal, Paredes began [...]

Stop the presses. Orrin Hatch is a filibuster flip-flopper.

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

The worst thing to ever happen to the Senate, said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) was Majority Leader Harry Reid's decision to end the filibuster on nominations for everything but the Supreme Court last year. In fact, he expounded upon that...Show More Summary

Senate gears up for packed lame duck session

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

There's agreement on both sides of the aisle in the Senate that a great deal of work has to be done between now and January, primarily getting the government funded for another year to avoid another shutdown. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell's...Show More Summary

Vinik: Democrats Should Filibuster Like Republicans

Danny Vinik, New Republic: When the 114th Congress starts in January, Harry Reid will find himself in an uncomfortable position: the minority. Along with this demotion, Reid will have to decide whether Democrats should use the filibuster to block GOP legislation, just as Senate Republicans have over the past six years.... Show More Summary

You Can Bet Your Ass Harry Reid Will Filibuster

Hey, at least we have this to look forward to! The New Republic on how Harry Reid will use the filibuster to prove Republicans can't govern: The blocking of nominees ended last November, when Democrats invoked the “nuclear option”—they changed the rules of the Senate to eliminate filibusters for all executive branch and judicial nominees. Show More Summary

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