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America is headed over the fiscal cliff, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared on Thursday morning, blaming Speaker John Boehner.

Business Insider: “Reid opened the Senate session by launching into a lengthy criticism of the House and Speaker John Boehner, saying he “seems to care more about his Speakership” than making a deal on the cliff. The House is being run “by a dictatorship of the Speaker,” Reid said. He accused Boehner of waiting until the election of the Speaker on Jan. 3 to get involved with negotiations. And he urged the lower chamber to pass the Middle Class Tax Cut Act, which the Senate narrowly passed in July. The bill made permanent all of the Bush-era tax cuts on incomes of less than $250,000 for couples and $200,000 for individuals. Reid also slammed the House for not being in session on Thursday. He said that instead of being in Washington, Republicans are “out watching movies.”
“They had to have a conference call,” he said.”

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    America is headed over the fiscal cliff, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared on Thursday morning, blaming Speaker John Boehner.

    Business Insider: “Reid opened the Senate session by launching into a lengthy criticism of the House and Speaker John Boehner, saying he “seems to care more about his Speakership” than making a deal on the cliff. The House is being run “by a dictatorship of the Speaker,” Reid said. He accused Boehner of waiting until the election of the Speaker on Jan. 3 to get involved with negotiations. And he urged the lower chamber to pass the Middle Class Tax Cut Act, which the Senate narrowly passed in July. The bill made permanent all of the Bush-era tax cuts on incomes of less than $250,000 for couples and $200,000 for individuals. Reid also slammed the House for not being in session on Thursday. He said that instead of being in Washington, Republicans are “out watching movies.”

    “They had to have a conference call,” he said.”

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    "One of you, Senator McCain, has gone so far as to make the outrageous claim that this event was “worse than Watergate”—despite the fact that there is no evidence that any crime was committed, no evidence of any cover-up, and no evidence that the administration has characterized the incident in any way that has not been consistent with the Intelligence Community’s contemporaneous assessments."
    Harry Reid, rejecting McCain’s request to form a Senate committee to investigate the attack on Benghazi last September. McCain had made the request in part because, per internal Senate rules, he’s term-limited out of his seat as ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the formation of a new committee would allow him another perch from which to delve into the Benghazi matter. Reid derided McCain’s request as an attempt to use the Senate as “a venue for baseless partisan attacks,” and excoriated the senator for skipping a classified briefing on the incident in order to hold a press conference. source (via shortformblog)

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    John McCain on Harry Reid’s allegation that Romney hasn’t paid taxes for 10 years 

    Anderson Cooper asked John McCain about Harry Reid’s allegation that a Bain Capital source told him that Mitt Romney hasn’t paid taxes for 10 years. Remember McCain saw 20-22 years worth of Romney’s returns in 2008 and chose Sarah Palin as his running mate. In answering Cooper, McCain never calls Reid a liar or says the allegation is false — McCain’s complaint seems to be that Reid has offered noproof:

    McCain: First of all I’ve, I’ve know Sen. Reid for many, many years and occasionally he displays some rather erratic behavior. Uh… to accuse someone of doing something without a shred of proof that… the… the allegation has any substance… is really something I frankly don’t understand. I hope that Harry will, that Sen. Reid will correct that and say — unless he’s willing to come forward with the evidence that he has, that… that is the case that Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years — uh… really… uh… this… uh… we’re… uh… not playing bean bag and uh… thi… things… politics are tough and I enjoy the give and take but uh… I think Harry might have gone over the line here.

    Romney gave McCain 23 tax returns in 2008.

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    Video: John McCain on Harry Reid’s allegation that Romney hasn’t paid taxes for 10 years

    Anderson Cooper asked John McCain about Harry Reid’s allegation that a Bain Capital source told him that Mitt Romney hasn’t paid taxes for 10 years. Remember McCain saw 20-22 years worth of Romney’s returns in 2008 and chose Sarah Palin as his running mate. In answering Cooper, McCain never calls Reid a liar or says the allegation is false — McCain’s complaint seems to be that Reid has offered no proof:

    McCain: First of all I’ve, I’ve know Sen. Reid for many, many years and occasionally he displays some rather erratic behavior. Uh… to accuse someone of doing something without a shred of proof that… the… the allegation has any substance… is really something I frankly don’t understand. I hope that Harry will, that Sen. Reid will correct that and say — unless he’s willing to come forward with the evidence that he has, that… that is the case that Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years — uh… really… uh… this… uh… we’re… uh… not playing bean bag and uh… thi… things… politics are tough and I enjoy the give and take but uh… I think Harry might have gone over the line here.

    We’re not playing ‘bean bag‘? So what’s your read on McCain’s extra careful, measured, hemming and hawing, tiptoeing, walking on eggshells, sort of non-response response?

    See video… 

    — 2 years ago
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    The Tax Returns: If Mitt Romney were being treated like Pres. Obama and other Democrats

    How tough is it for Mitt Romney to have to “deal with” Harry Reid’s accusations that a Bain Capital insider told him Mitt hasn’t paid federal taxes for 10 years?

    It’s NOTHING compared to what Democrats have had to deal with.

    BooMan nails it:

    Mitt Romney isn’t really a Mormon. He’s an atheist who only went along with his father’s faith so he could duck the Vietnam draft. He didn’t actually try to convert anyone when he was in France either. In reality, he spent all his time in Monte Carlo gambling and buying high-end hookers. When his daddy found out what he was doing, he made him come home and marry his high school sweetheart. Actually, he only made him marry her after the second time she got pregnant. The first time, they got an abortion. Then Romney started using some of the mafia connections he had made in Marseilles to import heroin. By the time he became governor, they were flying it straight into a secret airport they set up in the Berkshires. When one of the pilots started to talk, Romney had him killed.

    Wait for it….

    Now, if we started telling these stories to people, and a substantial percentage of the population started to actually believe these stories, and if congressmen humored and even encouraged the people who believed these stories, and if media figures talked about these stories, and if Congress actually had hearings about some of these stories, then Mitt Romney would know what it’s like to be treated like a Democrat.

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    Also, too from Steve M:

    Poor Mitt. Logic tells us that Reid couldn’t possibly have heard this from multiple sources, so he’s just blowing smoke. And yet, even if it’s a lie, Reid’s put Romney on the spot, because what he’s saying sounds plausible to a lot of people.

    Y’know, it’s a bit like saying that the current president is a secret Muslim socialist who lied about his U.S. birth and has a fake Social Security number and is secretly plotting to take away all privately owned guns if he’s reelected, either before or after he finishes the job of deliberately destroying American capitalism. It’s also a bit like saying that the previous Democratic president was a drug dealing serial murderer and rapist whose lesbian wife had her male lover killed when she wasn’t hanging sex toys on the White House Christmas tree.

    It’s almost like that. The difference is that Romney’s not facing an ever-expanding list of accusations, most of them truly grotesque and preposterous, many of them of a felonious or treasonous nature, spread by multiple prominent rumormongers over the course of years, and believed in every particular by roughly a third of the country…

    Romney says Reid is lying. To make this ONE accusation disappear, all Mittens has to do is release his returns and *poof* problemo no mas. Right?

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    "I have no idea why Reid decided to go all-in on this point. I don’t have any idea whether Willard Romney paid no taxes, or some taxes, or paid an annual tribute to Anubis, Egyptian God Of The Dead, over the years in question. Neither, I would point out, do Glenn Kessler, or his tax experts, or the PolitiFact elves, or Reince Priebus. This is because Willard Romney, unlike any presidential candidate of my experience, declines to share those details with The Help as he seeks to be appointed CEO of America. But neither am I morally outraged that Reid is playing the kind of politics he is playing with this. That is because, when I consider what he’s doing, I do not think of Joe McCarthy. I think of Vince Foster, and I am conspicuously unmoved."
    Charles Pierce, Let’s Stop Being Upset with Harry Reid Already (via wisconsinforward)
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    “No one should feel sorry for me,” Reid said in Las Vegas on Monday afternoon during a preview of a clean energy summit he’s hosting there Tuesday, even as his incendiary remarks about Romney have turned the GOP magnifying glass onto himself…

    Republicans have also made veiled and not-so-veiled hints that they’re prepared for an extended public discussion of Reid’s own finances.

    Bring it on, Reid said.

    “All you have to do is go look. I file every year, every stock trade, every piece of land I buy, all the money I have, it has the value of my homes, it’s got it all there,” Reid said. “So this is really a way to divert attention.”

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    CNN’s Dana Bash: her source confirms Harry Reid’s source on Romney’s taxes is “credible”

    Daily Kos: Cooper had CNN Capitol Hill reporter, Dana Bash on to discuss the story, according to Bash, her source can confirm Sen. Reid’s allegation. Bash went even further, she said this source also personally knows the Bain source who would have access to Romney’s tax record.

    CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360 transcript: (emphasis below mine):

    DANA BASH, CNN SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: That’s right. We now have a couple of responses, Anderson. Let me read you the first one, that is, “Senator Reid stands by his comments. Governor Romney’s continued refusal to release his tax returns raises legitimate questions about what he is hiding and whether he paid any taxes at all. Governor Romney can easily end this debate by following the precedent set by his father and releasing his tax returns.”

    And as you were coming on the air, Anderson, I got a follow-up like the statement, which also stands by what they call his credible source that Romney has not paid taxes for 10 years, and he’s calling Romney playing tricks, many tricks at his disposal for avoiding taxes. So not backing down at all. 

    I got to tell you, covering Harry Reid for a lot of years, there are times when he says things off the cuff that make his aides wince, like talking smelly tourists in the capitol. I’m not making this up. This is not one of those times.

    This is one of those times where he knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s doing it on purpose. He’s doing it for political reasons because he wants this issue, Romney’s taxes, to be talked about on programs like yours, and wants it to be headlines in newspapers, and wants Mitt Romney to respond on this issue, which they think is a negative for Romney as opposed to issues that Romney wants to talk about.

    COOPER: And I go back and forth, I’m with Paul Begala in a moment, who just tweeted out saying it’s — I cannot, that it’s unfair for me to compare what Reid is saying to what Bachmann did to Huma Abedin. But I’m not even arguing about the tax return issue here. To me, it’s just a question of making allegation like this for — you know, a powerful senator making allegations like this without any evidence.

    That’s what I am trying to focus on. We’ll talk to Begala and Mary Matalin about it in a second. But in that interview that Reid gave to “Huffington Post,” he says about Romney, quote, “his poor father must be so embarrassed for his son,” what does that tell you? I mean that’s a very personal comment.

    BASH: It’s very personal and it is very Harry Reid. Look, first of all, let me just back up and say you pointed out the interview he gave with the “Huffington Post.” Again evidence, it’s a friendly outlet. They did it — he did this very strategically.

    In terms of the personal, that is Harry Reid. I mean he — when he wanted to go after Alan Greenspan, he called him the partisan hack. When he went after President Bush, he called him a liar and a loser. He apologized for the loser part, not for liar.

    But this is — when Harry Reid doesn’t like somebody, he goes for the jugular. And that is what he is doing now. He is an old boxer and he still likes to be a political street fighter. He knew full well that he was going to be questioned over and over again on who his source was. And he said — he’s told people close to him who I have spoken today that he didn’t care. He’s not telling going to tell who his source is.

    But I did speak, I just have to tell you, that I did speak to one source who’s very close to Senator Reid who claims to also know who this Bain investor is that Reid spoke with, and insists that this is a credible person and this person if we knew the name we would understand that they would have the authority and the ability to know about Romney’s tax returns. Whether we’ll find it out ever, who knows. But they’re doing this on purpose so that this is the discussion.

    COOPER: Dana Bash, appreciate the reporting. Dana, thanks.

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    Harry Reid: Mitt Romney ‘insulted everybody’ with his Olympics gaffe #RomneyShambles

    “It’s not good for us as a country — it’s not good for him — but as a country to have somebody that’s nominated by one of the principal parties to go over and insult everybody… I think I would have thought up this on my own and not [have to rely] on the staff. I would go there and I would say, ‘They have done a remarkably good job. I know how they have been hurt with the economy. But they have done this. I have done it myself. It’s so hard to do, and they have done a remarkably good job.’ That’s what they should have done. He would have been cheered and not have the mayor, before 60,000 people, belittle one of our major party nominees. And that’s what the mayor did.”Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Thursday night

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    “I am not going to back off the sequestration,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told Politico, warning that Senate Democrats will allow the automatic defense cuts agreed upon in last summer’s debt deal to go into effect unless Republicans are willing to compromise on revenues. — Think Progress

    Morning Bunker Report: Thursday 5.24.2012

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    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will begin the steps today tobreak a Senate Republican filibuster of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which provides additional protections to ensure that women receive the same pay for the same work as their male colleagues. — Think Progress

    Morning Bunker Report: Thursday 5.24.2012

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    Harry Reid finally gets fed up with ‘mindless’ Republican obstructionism over the refusal of Senate Republicans to pass a completely non-controversial reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank on the grounds that they wanted time to offer amendments. “It’s so unusual here,” Reid continued. “I have been here in Congress thirty years, but this is a new one. Even bills that they agree on, they want to mess around with. In years past, this would have gone through here just like this [snapping his fingers]. … The House passed something 330 to 93, and we’re here playing around with it? It should be done. We should have passed it yesterday. This thing is going to expire.” “It’s hard to comprehend what the new mantra of the Republicans in the Senate, what it is,” he added. “I don’t get it.” – Raw Story
Reid expressed regret that he had not supported a proposed change to the filibuster rule in January 2011, but had instead entered into a“gentleman’s agreement” with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to keep it intact.
NOTE: If the Democrats hold their Senate majority, Democratic voters will need to remind Harry Reid and others that there can be no ‘gentlemen’s agreements’ with Republicans anymore. Ever. There is no more trust.

    Harry Reid finally gets fed up with ‘mindless’ Republican obstructionism over the refusal of Senate Republicans to pass a completely non-controversial reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank on the grounds that they wanted time to offer amendments. “It’s so unusual here,” Reid continued. “I have been here in Congress thirty years, but this is a new one. Even bills that they agree on, they want to mess around with. In years past, this would have gone through here just like this [snapping his fingers]. … The House passed something 330 to 93, and we’re here playing around with it? It should be done. We should have passed it yesterday. This thing is going to expire.” “It’s hard to comprehend what the new mantra of the Republicans in the Senate, what it is,” he added. “I don’t get it.” – Raw Story

    • Reid expressed regret that he had not supported a proposed change to the filibuster rule in January 2011, but had instead entered into a“gentleman’s agreement” with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to keep it intact.
    • NOTE: If the Democrats hold their Senate majority, Democratic voters will need to remind Harry Reid and others that there can be no ‘gentlemen’s agreements’ with Republicans anymore. Ever. There is no more trust.
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    REID DRAWS A LINE on Rolling Back Sequester – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced yesterday that Senate Democrats would not agree to replace mandated spending cuts unless Republicans agree to a “balanced” approach that asks the wealthy to help pay for it. – Roll Call

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    — 2 years ago
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    GOP WILL BLOCK student loan bill – Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said the GOP’s stance is designed to trigger talks between House Republican leaders and Senate Democratic leaders — including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — so that a compromise can be reached before the July 1 deadline when interest rates on Stafford loans are poised to jump to 6.8 percent from 3.4 percent. “There will be a compromise worked out,” Kyl said. “When it’s clear that [Reid’s] version isn’t going to go anywhere, I presume that leaders of the House and Senate will get together and find a way to ensure that the interest rate doesn’t double.” Kyl said that the GOP move also stemmed from Democrats signaling that no amendments would be allowed to the bill. – Roll Call News

    — 2 years ago
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