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Jeff Sessions Gets Personal at Foot Soldiers Ceremony

Lewis is recognized Wednesday during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in the Capitol Visitor Center's Emancipation Hall for the "Foot Soldiers of the 1965 Voting Rights Marches, a group of men and women who peacefully marched from Selma to Montgomery in protest of the denial of their right to vote." (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congress honored the "foot soldiers" of the civil rights marches from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery in March 1965 on Wednesday with the Congressional Gold Medal, with the ceremony providing a rare bipartisan moment for a place riven with partisan strife. “While we can never truly repay the Foot Soldiers … pay tribute to them by remembering to vote in every election, every election,” Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., said in her remarks. “Selma is now. There is still much work to be done.” Sewell sponsored the legislation to award the medal to the men and women who marched with Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala.  

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who sponsored the Senate version with Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and was born in Hybart, near Selma, reflected on the complicated history of his state in very personal terms during his remarks at the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall. “Certainly I feel like I should have stepped forward more,” he said.  

Why Titus Won't Run for Reid's Senate Seat

Titus will seek re-election in Nevada's 1st District instead of running for the Senate seat that Reid is vacating. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Some jobs are too good to risk. Even for a Senate bid.  

That's how Nevada Rep. Dina Titus feels about her job representing the state's 1st District.  

Reid Returns to Washington, Daughter Undergoing Surgery

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., unexpectedly returned to Washington from his home state due to a family emergency.  

"Senator Reid's daughter, Lana who resides in the Washington DC area, unexpectedly became ill with a serious medical condition that requires surgery," Reid spokeswoman Kristen Orthman said in an email. "She is receiving treatment in Washington DC so Senator Reid flew back from Nevada to be with her."  

Reid Responds to Obama's Comment on Changing Filibuster

"Does he know we already did that?" Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid quipped when asked about a comment President Barack Obama made Wednesday about changing the Senate's filibuster rule.  

Obama told a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee audience in New York that changes are needed to "how a filibuster works." "We have made significant progress with regard to judges, tremendous progress," Reid said. "We have ambassadors that should be all over the world. These are people who have worked hard, and finally get a chance to be an ambassador. Republicans don't allow votes on these," Reid said.  

Harry Reid Does Love His Earmarks (Video)

Reid, left, and Durbin are among the staunchest defenders of earmarks. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

There aren't many issues on which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid disagrees with President Barack Obama, but earmarking is one of them.  

"I have been a fan of earmarks since I got here the first day," the Nevada Democrat said Tuesday afternoon.  

Angus King Extends Reid an Open Invitation to Maine (Video)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid  scored an unexpected invitation from Angus King to visit the independent senator's home state of Maine.  

The invitation came after the Nevada Democrat conceded in a floor speech recognizing National Travel and Tourism Week that he had only once visited the state that calls itself Vacationland,  with King presiding over the chamber.  

Joe Manchin: Koch Brothers 'Not Breaking the Law'

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Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W. Va., sounds like no fan of the top Senate Democrat's attacks on the Koch brothers.  

Asked by Fox News about the drumbeat of criticism of the billionaire businessmen and donors to conservative campaigns and causes from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Manchin replied, "You don't beat up people."  

Online Gambling Foes Raise the Stakes
Corker Compares Reid's Reign to Putin's

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Sen. Bob Corker lit into Majority Leader Harry Reid Thursday morning, at one point comparing the Nevada Democrat's leadership of the Senate to the rule of Russian President Vladimir Putin.  

The Tennessee Republican, who is the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said he supports finding a way forward on filling noncontroversial ambassadorial nominations, but he said he understands why Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and other Republicans would take advantage of Senate rules in the aftermath of the "nuclear" option .