Harry Reid

Pelosi: Tax cut vote possible before election

Pelosi: Tax cut vote possible before election

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, under pressure to send Democrats home to campaign with the strongest possible closing argument, said Friday she is considering calling a vote on extending middle-class tax cuts next week. Democrats, however, are divided on whether forcing a recorded vote on the issue before congressional elections in November would be politically helpful […]

Military’s gay ban: Hot issue in a hot campaign year

Military’s gay ban: Hot issue in a hot campaign year

It’s John McCain versus Lady Gaga on Tuesday as the Senate takes up the emotional issue of repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military. Senate Democrats have attached repeal of the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” law to a bill authorizing $726 billion in military spending next year. The fate of the […]

Tea Party wins big on primary night

Tea Party wins big on primary night

It’s tea time in America. Conservative Christine O’Donnell pulled off a stunning upset over nine-term Rep. Mike Castle in the Republican Senate primary in Delaware Tuesday, propelled by tea party activists into a November showdown with Democrat Chris Coons. After a primary season shaped by economic pain and exasperated voters, the grass-roots, anti-establishment movement can […]

Mosque controversy another problem for Democrats

Mosque controversy another problem for Democrats

Add another election-year hurdle for Democrats: President Barack Obama‘s forceful defense of the right of Muslims to build a mosque near the World Trade Center site. His comments are giving Republicans a campaign-year cudgel and forcing Democrats to address a divisive issue within weeks of midterm contests that will decide the balance of power in […]

Repubicans go after birthright citizenship

Repubicans go after birthright citizenship

Leading Republicans are joining a push to reconsider the constitutional amendment that grants automatic citizenship to people born in the United States. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Tuesday he supports holding hearings on the 14th Amendment right, although he emphasized that Washington’s immigration focus should remain on border security. His comments came […]

Obama ramps up fundraising

Obama ramps up fundraising

President Barack Obama is stepping up his fundraising efforts as the midterm elections draw closer and Democrats need money to battle a Republican Party energized in part by voter concern over government spending and regulations. Obama was to speak Wednesday at a sandwich shop in Edison, N.J., to tout a lending initiative aimed at small […]

Harry Reid’s uncertain future

Harry Reid’s uncertain future

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid’s chances for six more years in Washington may be like tossing dice in a casino, even if he has made headway against Republican challenger Sharron Angle in a state with the nation’s highest rate of joblessness. The four-term Reid holds a slight lead over Angle in the latest polling, thanks […]

Senate finally passes unemployment benefits extension

Senate finally passes unemployment benefits extension

With a GOP filibuster safely broken, the Senate is poised to pass legislation restoring jobless benefits for millions of people unable to find work in the frail economic recovery. Wednesday’s vote is a formality after the Democratic-controlled Senate voted 60-40 Tuesday to move ahead on the bill. The measure would then go to the House […]

Reid leads Angle in new poll

Reid leads Angle in new poll

A new poll shows Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid with a slight edge over Republican opponent and tea party favorite Sharron Angle in the campaign leading to the November election. The statewide telephone survey gives Reid a 44 percent to 37 percent lead over Angle, with a sampling error margin of plus or minus […]