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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is reflected in a television displaying a count of the number of people losing unemployment benefits during a news conference with other Senate Democratic leaders on Feb. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is reflected in a television displaying a count of the number of people losing unemployment benefits during a news conference with other Senate Democratic leaders on Feb. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Reid to Koch Brothers: Stick to Oil

That was the majority leader of the Democratic-run Senate carrying on about two of the richest Republican brothers in political finance on the floor of the Senate today. “The Koch brothers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars telling Americans...

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, arrives to the U.S. Capitol.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, arrives to the U.S. Capitol.

McConnell: ‘If You Like Rules, Keep Them’

Imagine joking about a “nuclear option.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did today, managing to crack up his colleagues on the Senate floor. The Kentucky Republican drew laughter from the right side of the chamber with his take on Democratic...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to reporters after the Senate policy luncheons, on Capitol Hill, on September 17, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to reporters after the Senate policy luncheons, on Capitol Hill, on September 17, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Reid Awaits ‘Which Absurd Idea’

Updated at 11:10 am EDT With Republican leaders in the House split over a path forward on a continuing resolution aimed at keeping the government funded after September 30th, the Senate is locked in a holding pattern. Senate Majority Leader...

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Sen. John McCain, R-AZ., talks with reporters as he makes his way into the U.S. Capitol on June 25, 2013 for the Senate luncheons.

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Sen. John McCain, R-AZ., talks with reporters as he makes his way into the U.S. Capitol on June 25, 2013 for the Senate luncheons.

McCain on Fischer: ‘Ill-Informed’

Sen. John McCain has a copyright on “Straight Talk.” When first-year Sen. Deb Fischer spoke in opposition to a border security amendment to the immigration overhaul,  McCain, approaching three decades in the Senate, interrupted: “I just say to the senator...

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Supporters for passage of a new agriculture law rally near the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 12, 2012.

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Supporters for passage of a new agriculture law rally near the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 12, 2012.

Reid: Farm Bill Can Be Finished This Week

From Bloomberg Government’s CongressTracker Though it’s only Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can see the end of the week from here. During today’s session-opening floor remarks, Reid said that the chairwoman of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, Michigan...

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Right fielder Bryce Harper, #34 of the Washington Nationals, walks off the field with trainer Lee Kuntz as he bleeds from the neck after running into the wall chasing a triple hit by A.J. Ellis of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 13, 2013.

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Right fielder Bryce Harper, #34 of the Washington Nationals, walks off the field with trainer Lee Kuntz as he bleeds from the neck after running into the wall chasing a triple hit by A.J. Ellis of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 13, 2013.

Bryce Harper: Congressional Harmony ala Washington Nationals

The injured Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals’ prolific outfielder, can add another accomplishment to his budding career – bringing Democrats and Republicans together. Majority Leader Harry Reid opened the Senate this morning with news that “the Republican leader and I...

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Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, listens to a question during a news conference after the weekly Democratic Policy Committee meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, listens to a question during a news conference after the weekly Democratic Policy Committee meeting in Washington, D.C.

Senate Recess Over, Playground Still Busy

“Like schoolyard bullies, if Republicans can’t win, they’ll take the ball and go home,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid complained during his session-opener this morning. The Nevada Democrat was referring to the  impasse between House and Senate on how to...

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) heads to the weekly Senate Republicans policy luncheon on March 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) heads to the weekly Senate Republicans policy luncheon on March 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Sales-Tax Measure Threatens to Rain on Alexander’s Parade

The Senate is taking a “burner day” on an online sales-tax measure today, allowing a cloture motion time to mature. The wait threatens to keep Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander away from the Paris Fish Fry parade. “If we continue to...

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