Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D) of Nevada pursed his lips during a meeting with women's equal-pay activist Lilly Ledbetter last month in Washington. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Searchlight, Nev., is seen here from the top of a hill. Fifty miles southeast of Las Vegas, the rugged desert hamlet (pop. 798) is Senator Reid's hometown. Tony Avelar/The Christian Science Monitor
Reid, who has grown to prominence in the Senate after he was first elected in 1987, even has a street named after him in Searchlight. Tony Avelar/The Christian Science Monitor
Danny Tarkanian, a Nevada businessman, hopes to win Nevada's Republican primary in June and then face off against Reid for his Senate seat this fall. He is currently the front-runner among GOP contestants. Tony Avelar/The Christian Science Monitor
Sue Lowden, a former Nevada GOP chair, is also hoping to emerge as the Republicans’ choice to oppose Reid this fall. Conservatives from out of state are already contributing to a ‘defeat Reid’ effort. Tony Avelar/The Christian Science Monitor
Locals (and perhaps a tourist or two) stop for breakfast at the Nugget Casino in Searchlight. Tony Avelar/The Christian Science Monitor
A couple eats breakfast at the Nugget Casino, which bills itself as a 'casual, family friendly' place – and where anti-Reid sentiment runs high. Tony Avelar/The Christian Science Monitor
Micailia Lucerno (l.), owner of Kelly's Barber Shop in nearby Henderson, Nev., gives Charles Gillessen a haircut. Both say they would vote for Reid again this fall. Tony Avelar/The Christian Science Monitor
The five miles of tunnels drilled into Yucca Mountain in Beatty, Nev., were to have served as a federal nuclear-waste storage facility. At Reid's urging, President Obama removed the funding for the project, which was very unpopular in Nevada. Robert Harbison/The Christian Science Monitor/FILE
The International Civil Aviation Organization has called only the second high-level safety meeting in its history after a disastrous year in aviation safety.
ByJoan Lowy, Associated Press
Government and aviation industry officials from dozens of countries are meeting in Montreal this week to try to find consensus on how to keep from losing airliners like the one that vanished without a trace in Asia and another shot down in Eastern Europe.