Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is fiercely partisan in his comments off the Senate floor, and Republicans chafe at his aggressive procedural tactics. But when Reid criticized Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) by name in early October on the Senate floor, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn, called him out for violating the Senate's rules of courtly debate. The next day, Reid took to the Senate floor to apologize, kinda sorta. “I think we've all let things get away from us a little bit,” Reid said, laying on the blame in a broad, thin coat. “It has gotten worse the last month or so. I will work harder, and I hope my senators will do their best to maintain these habits of civility and decorum moving forward.” Above: Reid speaks on Capitol Hill on Oct. 29. MORE YEAR IN REVIEW: 12 political photos that made us look twice 10 tips for a better life from The Times' Op-Ed pages Kindness in the world of politics? 7 uplifting examples from 2013
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