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
In a blow to Syria's armed opposition, forces loyal to President Bashir Assad, including Hezbollah fighters, have seized Yabroud near Lebanon's border on a strategic cross-country highway.
Albert Aji, Diaa Hadid, Associated Press /
March 16, 2014
Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah fighters seized a key rebel supply town on the Lebanese border on Sunday, driving them from the area and scoring a major blow against them in the three-year-old-conflict.