July 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, claiming Republicans have engaged in unprecedented obstruction of presidential nominations, signaled Thursday that he would proceed with long-threatened changes to Senate rules to limit use of the filibuster. In remarks on the Senate floor, the Nevada Democrat called it a “disturbing trend” that Republicans have blocked or delayed some of President Obama's appointees even when their qualifications are not in doubt, bogging them down “with unreasonable demands.” He cited an earlier filibuster of Chuck Hagel to be Defense secretary and continued delays in the confirmation of Obama's picks to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Labor Department and Environmental Protection Agency, as well as appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.
July 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Fed up with Republican efforts to block confirmation of President Obama's appointees, Democrats threatened Thursday to limit use of the filibuster, a drastic maneuver that would end an age-old Senate tradition and could inflame tensions between the two parties. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid set the stage for a showdown next week, scheduling votes on seven stalled nominations that require 60 votes to advance under a filibuster. If those votes fail, Reid vowed that Democrats would alter Senate rules on executive branch nominations to allow them to pass on majority votes.
June 13, 2013 |
Made up to look like black and white drawings, the protagonists in Mary Reid Kelley's videos speak in a constant, densely allusive patter. This approach worked swimmingly in her 2010 show at Susanne Vielmetter, which featured two videos that looked at the darker side of early modernism. The stark, stylized appearance of those works perfectly evoked stripped-down modern aesthetics. Her latest efforts - in collaboration with her partner, Patrick Kelley - are less taut and more expansive.
June 2, 2013 |
As President Obama prepares to nominate three new judges for what is probably the nation's most important federal appeals court, Republicans in the Senate are escalating their attempts to stand in his way. Last month the Senate unanimously confirmed Deputy Solicitor General Sri Srinivasan for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. But the appearances of harmony in that vote are deceiving. Srinivasan, who also served in the Justice Department in the George W. Bush administration, had bipartisan support and was seen as less ideological than some other Obama nominees.
May 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he will delay votes on several of President Obama's nominees for key posts until July, a decision raising the prospect that he'll seek further changes to Senate rules that would allow executive appointments to be confirmed by a simple majority. Senate leaders had considered holding a vote this week to confirm Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a nomination Republicans have maintained they would filibuster unless the Obama administration agreed to overhaul the agency.
April 22, 2013 |
Tara Reid's outburst in a Los Angeles store got her thrown out of the shop, according to a report out Monday. The "American Pie" actress last week reportedly hit AllSaints, an edgy British brand shop, to get an outfit for the second weekend of the Coachella Arts & Music Festival in Indio, where the actress tweeted that she was planning to see her favorite band, Infected Mushroom. She was said to be seen demanding a discount from employees at the Robertson Boulevard location and "berating" them for refusing her, the New York Post reported . The actress insisted she should get the discount because she was famous, then "began to scream at them and was escorted out. " "She was screaming," a source told the paper.
April 14, 2013 |
Cable television can offer a pretty fruitful career for a young actor, what with the juicy roles and the increasingly abundant viewership. But somehow or another, the film world often comes calling. Add Reid Scott's name to the list of actors in that category. The 35-year-old has been on something of a TV roll in the past few years. He was the male lead in the hit TBS comedy "My Boys" for its three seasons, then in 2010 signed on play Laura Linney's doctor in Showtime's Emmy-nominated "The Big C," which wraps its final season this spring.
March 29, 2013 |
Reid Flair, the 25-year-old son of WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, died Friday, wrestlingobserver.com is reporting . Details surrounding his death are unknown at this time. Flair's agent, Melinda Morris Zanoni, released the following statement: "We are heartbroken to confirm that Ric's son, Reid, has passed away today March 29, 2013 in Charlotte, NC. The investigation into the cause of death is ongoing. Reid was an incredible son, brother, friend, and professional wrestler. No words can describe the grief that Ric and his family are experiencing and they do request privacy during this devastating time.
March 23, 2013 |
PHOENIX - The NFL's eight new head coaches have yet to conduct a practice, or even solidify their rosters, but already they can be roughly divided into three groups. The haves, the might-haves and the have-nots. That's those who have an answer at quarterback, those who might, and those who clearly don't. "It's like a writer without a pen; there's a problem," Kansas City's Andy Reid said at the league's annual owners meetings last week. "You've got to make sure that you've got that position taken care of. " Reid feels good about his situation, having traded for San Francisco's Alex Smith.
March 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The gun legislation set to hit the Senate floor next month will include universal background checks, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Thursday. Reid (D-Nev.) plans to introduce a bill Thursday evening that will include provisions on background checks, school safety and gun trafficking. He had said earlier this week that he hoped the full Senate would begin deliberation on the gun control package in early April. The expansion of background checks has been the focal point of President Obama's gun violence prevention initiative.