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November 21, 2013 | By Michael McGough
He did it. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid , once a defender of Senate tradition, triggered the so-called nuclear option Thursday by pushing through a rule change to allow the confirmation of most presidential nominees by a simple majority. The final straw was the Republicans' filibustering of three of President Obama's nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, on the transparent pretext that the court was underworked and should have fewer members.
October 28, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The Senate will consider legislation on gay rights, jobs and defense policy by Thanksgiving, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Monday while telling the Republican-led House to dispense with "political show votes and start legislating. " Reid outlined the ambitious agenda for the month ahead - which also includes a possibly renewed showdown over pending executive branch nominations - as he opened the first Senate session since lawmakers approved the compromise deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling on Oct. 16. At the top of the list is the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, known as ENDA, which would prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
October 14, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro, Brian Bennett and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- Senators edged closer to a budget deal Monday as the top four congressional leaders were called to an afternoon meeting at the White House. “We're getting closer. We're working on it,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said after leaving a nearly half-hour meeting with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). With the government expected to hit its borrowing limit on Thursday, President Obama invited Reid, McConnell, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio)
October 12, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - Efforts to reopen the government and avert a default on the nation's debt rested in the hands of the Senate's top leaders after talks between House Republicans and the White House broke down Saturday. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sat down to negotiate for the first time since the 12-day-old government shutdown began, but there were no indications they had made significant progress. Still, Senate leaders made plans for a rare Sunday session in case they reach a deal, while the House adjourned for the weekend after a brief and at times chaotic session.
October 9, 2013 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - Koch Industries, the multibillion-dollar company led by David and Charles Koch, tried to distance itself Wednesday from any blame for the government shutdown and congressional quagmire. But doing so requires some explaining given the long track record that the Koch brothers have of supporting conservative Republican causes. In a letter sent to Senate offices Wednesday , the company's president of government and public affairs, Philip Ellender, said claims that Koch Industries pushed for a shutdown are “erroneous or misleading.” “Koch believes that Obamacare will increase deficits, lead to an overall lowering of the standard of healthcare in America and raise taxes,” Ellender wrote.
October 1, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
The limited-edition Coach + Billy Reid collaborative collection launched Tuesday, starring  the most expensive bag that Coach has ever created: the $20,000 Warrior tote, crafted of Louisiana alligator in an ode to Reid's Southern roots.   Reid , who hails from Alabama, received the Council of Fashion Designers of America's 2012 Menswear Designer of the Year Award. He is known for his deft tailoring and a look that reflects the relaxed sophistication of his Southern heritage.
September 23, 2013 | By Jon Healey
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) find themselves in the curious position this week of encouraging their GOP colleagues to filibuster the stopgap government funding (and Obamacare defunding) resolution that they urged the House to pass. Cruz and Lee are the leaders of a tea party-powered movement to bar funding in the coming fiscal year for the 2010 healthcare law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. They prevailed in the House, where Republicans hold a solid majority, but face extremely long odds in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
September 8, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
NEW YORK - Billy Reid chose the rooftop of the McKittrick Hotel as the backdrop for his spring 2014 menswear show, an appropriate setting for a men's collection (he opted not to send his women's collection down the runway this season) that saw the designer take laid-back luxe to new heights. The inspiration:  “One of the things we wanted to do was really loosen things up a little bit -- we were so buttoned up the last few seasons,” Reid told us before the show. “And I really wanted to show everything we make -- sure, we make tailored clothes but do a lot of more casual things too and we wanted to show that and a lot of the outerwear.” Reid also said that his business had grown to the point that his design team could focus on developing a lot of their own fabrics.
September 7, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Time Television Critic
Oh, to live in a world where "Last Tango in Halifax" becomes as crazy-popular as "Downton Abbey. " Both air here on PBS, although "Last Tango" is not under the "Masterpiece" imprint, and both feature British legends (Maggie Smith in "Downton," Derek Jacobi in "Last Tango"). Also, both explore, with no shortage of sentiment or humor, the vagaries of time and tide as well as the essential significance of family. In many ways - freshness of characters, complexity of insight, courage of conviction - "Last Tango" is the better show.
August 2, 2013 | By Michael McGough
Last month, the Senate moved back from the brink of the “nuclear option,” a parliamentary maneuver that would have allowed Democrats to confirm President Obama's executive branch nominees without amassing the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid relented after Republicans agreed to allow votes on several Obama appointees. But now, Republicans are threatening to obstruct Obama's nominees to an important appeals court. If they persist in their obstructionism, Reid should open the briefcase with the launch codes.
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