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Yep, you heard that right: Senator Harry Reid is retiring.

NBC has the full story:

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid won't run for re-election in 2016, ending a lengthy congressional career that culminated in ten years of leadership of the Democratic Party in the Senate.

Reid announced the decision in a Youtube video, saying "We've got to be more concerned about the country, the Senate, the state of Nevada than about ourselves. And as a result of that I'm not going to run for re-election."


First elected to the House in 1982 and to the Senate in 1986, Reid became Senate Democrats' top leader in 2005. He became known for his soft-spoken but tough tactical style and his fierce opposition to Republican attempts to dismantle President Barack Obama's policies.
"On the verge of losing his own election and after losing the majority, Senator Harry Reid has decided to hang up his rusty spurs," said Ward Baker.

His retirement signals that there is no hope for the Democrats to regain control of the Senate.
Michael Marinaccio | March 27, 2015 |



In their latest jab at Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Obama administration authorized the Pentagon to publicly release a classified memo on Israel's nuclear weapons program.

Breitbart details the Obama Administration's latest actions:

The Pentagon has declassified a document that was once labeled “top-secret,” which goes into sophisticated detail about Israel’s nuclear weapons program. The document was released quietly just prior to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to a joint session of Congress.
The Obama administration's actions demonstrate its disregard for America's ally, Israel, and displays the administration's misunderstanding about growing threats in the Middle East.

Releasing this memo on not only endangers Israel, but also creates major risks for international security, with the growing possibility of a nuclear Iran and nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.

It's time for the Obama Administration to start acting like an ally to Israel. Sign the petition below if you agree:

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kjohnson | March 26, 2015 |
Dan Coats, an extremely popular senator from Indiana, announced that he won't seek re-election.

Coats was elected to the Senate in 1990, where he served until 1999. In 2005, he became the U.S. ambassador to Germany. He has served Indiana — and our nation — incredibly well throughout his career.

Coats described the difficulty with which he reached his latest decision:

This was not an easy decision. While I believe I am well-positioned to run a successful campaign for another six year term, I have concluded that the time has come to pass this demanding job to the next generation of leaders. Until the end of my Senate term, I pledge to my constituents that I will continue to focus all of my time and energy on the major challenges that Hoosiers sent me to Washington to address.
You can watch the full address in the above video.

Numerous senators expressed their gratitude for Coats' service. Consider an excellent Tweet from Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

NRSC Chairman Roger Wicker also thanked Coats:

Senator Dan Coats has been a dedicated advocate for Indiana families throughout his time in the United States Senate and I know his devotion to the state he loves so dearly won’t end when he’s out of office. Senate Republicans have been blessed to work with such a great colleague over the years and we will miss him dearly. We have a strong Republican bench in Indiana and I am confident we will have another capable Republican joining us in the Senate in 2016 to continue Dan’s great work.
Dan Coats' selfless record of service will be missed in the Senate.

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NRSC | March 25, 2015 |


Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are at odds with each other, and National Journal has the details:

Tensions are roiling between Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi over an unusual point of contention for the two top Democrats: abortion policy.

The fight is serious enough that it could kill the House Minority Leader's ambitious deal with Republicans on the so-called "doc fix."

Even as Senate Democrats waged war over an expansion of the Hyde Amendment—which prevents federal funds from being used to cover abortions—on a human trafficking bill last week, Pelosi was penning a deal with Speaker John Boehner to eliminate the Medicare "sustainable growth rate" that includes another controversial Hyde Amendment provision.
Harry Reid is having none of this compromise talk, though. He's happy being just as obstinate as always:

Reid has made unambiguously clear to his counterpart in the House that such a deal would be unacceptable. And Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, who has championed a permanent solution for SGR—a routine congressional headache—indicated last week that Hyde-like language would be a "complete nonstarter" (though an aide emphasized that Wyden's statement was based on reports and that he hadn't seen the official language or discussed it with Pelosi).
This is just another example of Harry Reid's failed leadership.

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NRSC | March 25, 2015 |
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