Headline RoundupDecember 29th, 2021

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Dies at 82

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Former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid died Tuesday at 82 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. 

Reid served as a majority leader from 2007 to 2015 and helped pass former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act amid heightened partisan politics. He entered Nevada politics in 1969 as a member of the state’s legislature, and would later become a U.S. House representative in 1983 and a U.S. senator in 1987. Reid retired from the Senate in 2017.

Outlets across the spectrum published reports, opinions and obituaries about Reid on Wednesday. Coverage from the left generally praised Reid and his political legacy. Several left and center-rated outlets described him as “pugnacious” or “pugilistic,” a possible reference to his teenage career as an amateur boxer; NPR (Center) began its tribute with “Former Sen. Harry Reid has left the ring.” Coverage from the right was more mixed; an opinion in National Review (Right) attributed Reid’s success as majority leader not to his personality, but to the fact that “Reid had 60 senators.” A Washington Examiner (Lean Right) homepage headline said his “polarizing legacy” had reemerged. 

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