April 9, 2011 Both sides had to give in Friday to last-minute budget talks. But Democrats and Republicans also showed they can bridge fierce differences, if only when they are staring into the abyss.
April 7, 2011 President Obama called Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid back to the White House for another try at breaking the impasse of spending legislation and avoiding a government shutdown. Reid said he was less optimistic Thursday morning than he was Wednesday, however.
April 6, 2011 With two days before a possible shutdown, Obama invited congressional leaders to the White House.
March 28, 2011 Republicans and Democrats seemed hopelessly deadlocked over reaching a pact on spending for the rest of the fiscal year with a government shutdown looming. But Senate Democrats were looking ahead to pick their next fight against any GOP effort to slow the growth of entitlements like Social Security.
March 8, 2011 Former Sen. Bob Dole is hard to ignore as a former Senate leader, GOP presidential nominee and wounded veteran. Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are not only pressured by Dole but by the fact that the dead veterans family has his body in Washington as they await a decision.
February 23, 2011 The House GOP's two-week offer counters Majority Leader Harry Reid's proposal for a four-week bill. Congressional Republicans are readying a two-week spending bill with $4 billion in cuts from current spending levels. Reid has said he's willing to discuss a four-week bill with no cuts.
February 1, 2011 Sen. Harry Reid took Sen. Richard Blumenthal to task for being late to chair the chamber Monday. Blumenthal's lateness forced Reid to chair the opening of the session himself and do his leader's job.
January 19, 2011 Reid instantly realized his gaffe and corrected himself. He has a well-known knack for dropping word bombs, only to have to apologize later. This may be one of those times.
January 7, 2011 Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell again demonstrated they inhabit alternate ideological universes. In separate interviews on All Things Considered they pretty much didn't agree on anything.
December 15, 2010 As if the nation's elected officials weren't busy enough in these frantic final days of the 111th Congress, now they're taking up time debating whether it's proper to do the peoples' business so close to Christmas.
December 8, 2010 Reid is trying to repay political donors from the gambling industry, critics say.
November 3, 2010 When Republicans chose Sharron Angle as their nominee, they succeeded in giving Reid some luck. And he used it to keep his job in the Senate. Of course, the question now is what good will it do with more Republicans in the Senate and a GOP House.
October 26, 2010 Two Democratic aides who drew GOP attention were fired by Harry Reid and Alex Sink. Florida Democratic governor candidate Sink fired an aide who texted her during her debate with Rick Scott. Reid fired an aide who married an immigrant.