11/21/13: The New York Times reports the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, on Tuesday threw his support behind a measure that would give military prosecutors the power to decide which sexual assault cases to try, rather than commanders. Mr. Reid’s remarks bolstered prospects that the plan could clear the 60-vote threshold in the Senate, even though top Pentagon leaders oppose it. He became the 50th senator to say publicly that he would vote yes, and the third in the last day. But passage is far from guaranteed. Some Democrats, led by Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, are pushing for a measure that does not go as far as Ms. Gillibrand’s, which would take sexual assault cases outside the military chain of command. The McCaskill plan, which is supported by the Pentagon and co-written by Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, the powerful chairman of the Armed Services Committee, would strip commanders of their ability to overturn jury verdicts and order dishonorable discharge or dismissal for anyone convicted of sexual assault.