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Reid Picks Schumer Over Durbin

By on 3.27.15 | 12:32PM

Illinois just can't win today. First, two terrible candidates for mayor of Chicago. Then, on his last day in office, disgraced Congressman Aaron Schock decides to compare himself to Lincoln in his farewell speech, even though, despite the fact that he was an Illinois politician, Abraham Lincoln never faced a likely FBI investigation into his misuse of campaign funds. 

And now, Dick Durbin, the Illinois Senator anticipated to be Harry Reid's successor, has fallen by the wayside in favor of Sen. Chuck Schumer.

Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has endorsed Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) to succeed him after he retires at the end of 2016.

"I think Schumer should be able to succeed me," Reid said in a Friday morning interview at his home in Washington's West End.

Harry Reid Announces Retirement, Gaping Hole in Nevada

By on 3.27.15 | 10:42AM

Aaron already announced that Sen. Harry Reid will not seek re-election at the end of this term, ostensibly because of the horrific eye injuries he sustained a few weeks ago, after falling victim to a back-snapping physical therapy resistance band, falling into a Stairmaster and banging his face on the handle (but it's probalby more likely he's out because he's now in the minority and doesn't want to fight uphill for the remainder of his career).  

Let that sink in for a minute: a piece of exercise equipment may have done what Republicans never could. I mean that as nicely as possible, of course - I don't want anyone, including Harry Reid, to have to face a devastating eye injury, especially one that robs him of his sight - but when you think about how Harry Reid's career could have ended, and Sharron Angle comes to mind, it really brings home how ineffective the Republican ground game has really been of late. 

Harry Reid May Have Tried to Secure Visas for Casino Investors

By on 3.25.15 | 4:26PM

The Inspector General's office issued a report this week, addressing allegations that Deputy DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas exerted improper influence on the immigration process, giving priority to specific applicants who had close connections (including financial connections) to various Democratic legislators.

Dems Block Human Trafficking Bill Because It Doesn’t Give Everyone Free Abortions

By on 3.18.15 | 12:25PM

We're trapped in a legislative conundrum stemming from Loretta Lynch's confirmation as head of the Department of Justice. As we get closer to that landmark vote, that will probably turn out to be an easy ride, anyway, complicated only by weeks of digging in heels over legislative minutiae, Democrats and Republicans are working to wrangle themselves into positions of power for any potential compromise.

Two weeks ago, the Justice for Victims in Trafficking Act had strong bipartisan support and it looked as though the bill would pass quickly, ushering in a few affiliated bills that would directly impact the way law enforcement handled victims of sex trafficking. The VTA itself created a sort-of "slush fund" of cash to fund victims services and law enforcement efforts, collected from the fines levied on traffickers during the judicial process. While Republicans apparently meant "victims services" to mean actual victims services, Democrats decided that "victims services" meant free abortions and so, it all fell apart.

Harry Reid May Lose Sight in Injured Eye

By on 1.9.15 | 4:21PM

Harry Reid may have injured himself in a way most likely to be replicated in an Adam Sandler movie, but his facial lascerations and bruising are no laughing matter. 

Last week, Harry Reid reportedly tangled with a piece of exercise equipment and lost. Harry sustained a black eye, broken facial bones and three broken ribs when an exercise band he was using snapped back into his face, causing him to fall onto another gym machine. The black eye has caused blood to pool inside his eyeball and it's possible he may permanently lose sight in his right eye.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says doctors are "very hopeful" that he'll regain sight in his right eye after a recent exercising accident but that it's not a "slam dunk."

"I had a serious injury in my eye," he said in an interview with KNPR in Nevada. "There's blood accumulation there, and they're hoping that resolves itself."

"It's a day to day deal," he added, saying that he's limiting his reading to prevent straining his healthy eye.

Harry Reid Broke His Face (And Some Ribs)

By on 1.2.15 | 4:19PM

Harry Reid is no longer allowed to exercise by himself at home.

Apparently, after sustaining a serious injury in his home gym (for a second time), the Senate Democratic leader was rushed to a hospital near his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was quickly diagnosed with several facial fractures and a few broken ribs. 

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid is in a Las Vegas hospital following injuries sustained while exercising at home.

A statement issued Friday by Reid's office said doctors expect a "full recovery."

"A piece of equipment Senator Reid was using to exercise broke, causing him to fall and break a number of ribs and bones in his face," according to the statement. "Senator Reid will return to Washington this weekend and be in the office Tuesday as the Senate prepares to reconvene."

Harry Reid Thinks Clarence Thomas is White

By on 7.9.14 | 5:47PM

Discussing a proposed Senate bill that would reverse the Hobby Lobby decision, Harry Reid announced that the Senate is acting to “ensure that women’s lives are not determined by virtue of five white men.”

This is significant for a couple reasons. First is the glaringly obvious fact that Clarence Thomas is black. Harry Reid is either misinformed or legally blind. Or, more likely, he thinks that Clarence Thomas is not a “real” African American because he is not liberal. The left has a tendency to celebrate diversity only when minorities subscribe to their ideology.

Next and more significant is the idea that men should not have an input in decisions affecting women. This idea is becoming dangerously widespread, even on the right. Recently, when talking to a male friend about feminist attempts to lower the burden of proof in rape cases, he said that he didn’t want to weigh in because he is not a woman and has never been raped.

Senate Democrats Already Trying to Overturn Hobby Lobby

By on 7.9.14 | 4:47PM

Reeling over the loss of the recent Hobby Lobby ruling by the Supreme Court, birth control and abortifacient advocates across the country are clamoring for legislation to overturn the decision. This morning, many on the left rejoiced when Democrats in the Senate announced their intention to adopt a measure to force companies to forgo religious objections and pay for abortifacients.

According to Talking Points Memo:

Senate Democrats are poised to introduce legislation as early as Tuesday to reverse the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling which exempted for-profit corporations with religious owners from the Obamacare mandate to cover emergency contraceptives in their insurance plans.

The legislation, introduced by Democratic Senators Patty Murray of Washington and Mark Udall of Colorado:

Harry Reid’s Monolithic Control

By on 7.8.14 | 3:29PM

If obstinacy is the name of the game, then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the world’s best player. Stubborn and unwilling to compromise on any legislation, Reid’s inflexibility towards anything not from his office is setting new records, according to a piece in the Washington Times:

Just 14 Senate bills have been signed into law so far this year. That’s nine fewer than at the same point in 2013, which itself is the most futile completed year on record, according to The Washington Times’ Legislative Futility Index.

Can you hear that Republican obstructionism talking point crumbling? The Senate has a fifty-three-to-forty-five Democratic majority with two independents caucusing with the Democrats, giving them fifty-five votes. Most of what the Senate does these days involves amendments filed by Harry Reid:

Reminder: Reid Also Blamed the Kochs for the Ukraine Crisis

By on 4.30.14 | 4:20PM

In my last post I mentioned how Harry Reid tried to fault the Koch brothers for Republicans voting down a minimum wage hike in the Senate. It's worth noting that Reid has blamed just about everything bad that's happened over the last year on the Kochs. That includes the crisis in Ukraine.

Reid claimed:

It’s hard for me to comprehend how with a clear conscience they could say, ‘Ukrainians, we probably can’t help you because we’re trying to protect the Koch brothers.' And not only that, they’re saying to the American people that protecting the Koch brothers is more important than helping our country.

This all stems from the fact that the Republicans wanted a change in IRS rules for non-profits in exchange for the extensive aid package for Ukraine. Obviously, it was all due to the Kochs.

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