Harry Reid’s Final Act as Majority Leader: Caving to Fight Against Obama’s Executive Amnesty
by Matthew Boyle

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Harry Reid Reid’s Senate Democrats lost nine seats in the midterm elections—more than even the most generous prognosticators Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s final act as the most powerful person in the U.S. Senate chamber is one where he has relented to the Tea Party.

Reid’s Senate Democrats lost nine seats in the midterm elections—more than even the most generous prognosticators were expected—giving the GOP control over the U.S. Senate come January. And on Saturday evening, as his chamber readies the so-called “CRomnibus” spending bill for package, Reid has agreed to allow a vote on a measure from Sen.

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‘Extortion’ Author: DC More ‘Sopranos’ Than ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’

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imagesOn Friday, Peter Schweizer, the author of Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets, said the culture of Washington, D.C. resembles The Sopranos more than Jimmy Stewart’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Schweizer’s comments echoed the fundamental thesis of his book: that lawmakers in Washington extort more moneyarrow-10x10.png and favors from companies and industries than those companies influence legislators.

The Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large and Government Accountability Institute President addressed the Young America’s Foundation at the Reagan Ranch in California. He said Washington is now “less Jimmy Stewart and more like the Sopranos” as the country is ”moving from a free market economy and approaching an extortion economy of which Washington, D.C. is our nation’s capital.”

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Smash-Mouth Reid

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President Obama has intrusted Harry ReidPresident Obama has handed over the reins of leadership on government funding and the debt limit to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).Reid is now fully in charge of his party’s negotiating strategy, a significant change from past showdowns with Republicans.

He has taken the initiative from Obama, who played the principal role in the 2011 debt-limit talks and New Year’s fiscal cliff deal. Some Democrats on Capitol Hill are relieved by the switch.

The majority leader has brought a more pugnacious style to the debate, bashing House conservatives as “anarchists” and mocking the “Banana Republican mindset.” This is a welcome change for Democrats who thought Obama was too accommodating to Republicans during previous crises.

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