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Feisty US Senate Democrat leader Harry Reid to retire

Harry Reid, the combative leader of the Democrats in the US Senate will retires three decades after he was first elected to the SenateHarry Reid, the combative leader of the Democrats in the US Senate who became a trusted ally to Barack Obama when he assumed the presidency, said Friday he will not seek reelection in 2016. The 75-year-old lawmaker from Nevada, a savvy and relentless backroom operator on Capitol Hill, suffered serious injuries while exercising in his Las Vegas home in January that left him with broken facial bones and nearly blind in one eye. “We’ve got to be more concerned about the country, the Senate, the state of Nevada than about ourselves. Reid’s retirement late next year will come three decades after he was first elected to the Senate, and is sure to set off a leadership scramble among the chamber’s Democrats.

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