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Mitch Mcconnell

  1. the kavanaugh confirmation
    Grassley Closes, then Reopens Talks with Ford Over TestimonyLooks like Republicans have decided they’ve got the votes to confirm Kavanaugh and will no longer try to look sympathetic to the judge’s accuser.
  2. 2018 elections
    FiveThirtyEight’s Forecast Shows Very Tight Battle for the SenateNate Silver’s model gives Republicans a narrow advantage based on a very favorable landscape. But it could go either way.
  3. the national interest
    Congressional Republicans Don’t Even Pretend to Stand up to Trump AnymoreWhatever restraining force the president’s party exerted against him has now almost completely dissipated.
  4. the judicial branch
    With Mitch McConnell’s Help, Trump Now Has 60 Confirmed Federal JudgesThe Senate has confirmed the president’s nominations for federal judges across the country, under the leadership of Mitch McConnell.
  5. john mccain
    GOPers Balk at Honoring John McCain instead of Segregationist DemocratIt’s not Richard B. Russell’s fellow Democrats but Republicans who are hesitant about renaming a Senate building to honor McCain.
  6. criminal justice reform
    Trump Overrules Kushner, Puts Hold on Criminal-Justice Reform BillIn the end, Trump listened to crime demagogues like Tom Cotton instead of Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley — or his own son-in-law.
  7. Campaign on Taxes or Culture War? GOP, Trump Divided on Midterm MessageRepublicans are vulnerable in different kinds of districts, some where Trump’s rhetoric is attractive and others where it’s toxic.
  8. President Trump Is Threatening to Shut Down the Government Over ImmigrationPOTUS again rattling his saber over the border wall and legal immigration restrictions just after his allies assured us he’d be “patient.”
  9. McConnell to Dems: Delay Kavanaugh’s Confirmation at Your Own PerilMcConnell is prepared to push confirmation hearings into October — and thus, keep vulnerable red-state Democrats off the campaign trail.
  10. How Will the SCOTUS Confirmation Fight Affect the Midterms?If the deal goes down on a Kennedy successor before the midterms, the elections may affect the Senate vote more than the vote affects the elections.
  11. the national interest
    Chuck Schumer Is Secretly Sabotaging the Next Democratic President“Schumer has privately reassured Republican senators in recent weeks that he would not change the rules and is committed to keeping the filibuster.”
  12. drama
    Elaine Chao Shouts at Protesters for Heckling Her Lame Husband Mitch McConnellA group of Georgetown students confronted Chao and McConnell about the administration’s family-separation policy.
  13. the national interest
    Mitch McConnell Turns Against Robert MuellerOminous music plays.
  14. politics
    Bad Little Senators Get Recess CanceledDarn it!
  15. Washington May Love Mitch McConnell, But His Constituents Don’tYes, the Senate Majority Leader is wily and resourceful. But his Achilles’ heel is that he cannot take reelection in Kentucky for granted.
  16. the national interest
    How McConnell Stole Obama’s Court Seats and Gave Them to TrumpThe Senate Republicans broke all the judicial rules, and have been richly rewarded. Now George Will repeats an outright lie about it.
  17. At the End of the GOP’s Immigration Battle Stands Stephen Miller With a Veto PenThe already long odds against passage of an immigration bill face the additional problem of a White House that may prefer outrage to accomplishment.
  18. Can Kushner’s Patchy Prison-Reform Bill Survive the Senate?A House-passed bill backed by the Trump administration at the behest of Jared Kushner could succumb to bipartisan crossfire in the Senate.
  19. Is Pennsylvania Still Trump Country?Republicans are about to find out, in the form of highly #MAGA Senate candidate Lou Barletta. They aren’t hopeful.
  20. McConnell May Cancel August Recess to Keep Democrats From Going Home to CampaignMcConnell knows there are more incumbent Democrats than Republicans in competitive races. Threatening to keep them in D.C. could make them malleable.
  21. Trump Demands More Stringent Work Requirements for Food Stamps RecipientsIt’s a great way for Trump to demagogue about shiftless welfare bums without actually making major changes in a popular program.
  22. Blankenship Sunk in West Virginia After Giving National GOP a ScareBoth Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump worked to take down the eccentric ex-con who was beginning to look like another Roy Moore.
  23. the national interest
    McConnell Won’t Say If Blankenship Is Racist Until He Knows Election ResultOnce again, McConnell isn’t pretending to have any actual principles.
  24. The GOP Candidate Testing the Limits of TrumpismHow Don Blankenship, the ex-con West Virginia coal baron, has turned a personal rebranding project turned into a Senate run.
  25. GOP Senate Candidate in West Virginia Calls McConnell ‘Cocaine Mitch’Don Blankenship is now adding Mitch McConnell to the list of conspirators — including Barack Obama — he says are trying to keep him out of the Senate.
  26. Conservatives Plan One More Obamacare Repeal Effort Before the Midterm WaveGOP congressional leaders have mostly packed it in for 2018. But conservatives, with White House support, may try one last time to repeal Obamacare.
  27. A Bill to Protect Mueller From Trump Took Its First Step Toward PassageBut McConnell says he’s not going to let the bill come to the floor for a vote, since he doesn’t think Trump will fire Mueller anyway.
  28. Corker Offers Incredibly Tepid Endorsement of Republican Running to Replace HimIt’s always a bad sign when you won’t even repeat your supposed ally’s name.
  29. the national interest
    Mitch McConnell Gives Trump Green Light to Fire MuellerMcConnell sees “no indication” Trump will fire the special counsel, Trump’s repeated public and private threats to do so notwithstanding.
  30. After Ryan’s Exit, Big-Money Donors Turn to War for Senate“McConnell has said, ‘The House is lost, we have to hold the Senate,’” says a Republican operative.
  31. Denying Merrick Garland a Hearing Biggest Accomplishment of McConnell’s CareerMcConnell knows conservatives will forgive him — and Trump — almost anything in exchange for Supreme Court appointments.
  32. GOP to Push for More Tax Cuts — and a Balanced Budget AmendmentSources say Republicans will follow this act with legislation allowing all Americans to have their cake, and eat it as well.
  33. Alexander and Murray’s Bipartisan Obamacare Alliance DisintegratesWhen Obamacare stabilization measures reached their moment of truth, bipartisanship ceased and the GOP agenda took over.
  34. The 8 Zaniest Things About Trump’s Flipping and Flopping on the OmnibusWhether or not Trump is just pitching a fit, or blowing up months of negotiations, it’s all very … wacky.
  35. GOP Rushes Omnibus Spending Bill Through HouseAfter the near defeat of the rule for passage of the bill, the House whipped it through unread, though the Senate may not be able to do likewise.
  36. Mitch McConnell Issues Strong Defense of Robert MuellerBut not strong enough to guarantee his job security.
  37. Hopes Fade That Congress Will Stabilize ObamacareThe threat to the stability of Obamacare markets is greater than ever. Too bad Congress probably won’t do anything about it.
  38. Trump Endorses Another GOP Senator Facing a Perilous Primary BattleTrump unsuccessfully backed Alabama’s Luther Strange against a field of more Trumpian rivals. Now he’s making a similar play in Mississippi.
  39. Team Trump Fighting Immigration CompromiseEven as a bipartisan bill emerges that might get 60 Senate votes, the administration is opposing it stridently.
  40. Paul Ryan’s Suicide MissionThe Speaker of the House has promised to stick with conservatives on immigration. Will he trade his gavel for a breakthrough deal?
  41. Will Trump Make or Break an Immigration Deal?The odds of any legislation making it through the abattoir of both houses of Congress is limited at best — unless Trump gives Republicans cover.
  42. Senate Reaches a Budget Deal That Lets Everyone WinExcept for Dreamers and deficit hawks.
  43. The Dispute Dividing the GOP in the Debate Over ImmigrationSenate Republicans are resisting the House–Trump effort to force restrictions in legal immigration into a deal with Democrats. But maybe not for long.
  44. McConnell Pitched a Scheme to Fill an Ailing Senator’s Seat: ReportIt involved the governor of Mississippi appointing himself to the Senate.
  45. Missing From Trump’s Big Speech: Small GovernmentIt’s significant how little lip service Trump paid to conservative fiscal policy.
  46. Cruz Wants to Launch One More Harpoon at the Great White Whale of ObamacareWithout the budget reconciliation process, the GOP can’t pass party-line legislation. McConnell would prefer to stand pat.
  47. the national circus
    Washington Can Indulge Its Bipartisan Fantasies for 3 More WeeksBut things are going to get ugly again.
  48. Vulnerable Democratic Senators Mostly Above Water; a Wave Could Keep Them ThereApproval ratio numbers for senators show a predictable erosion of support for Democrats running in red states. But they’re hanging in there.
  49. Government to Reopen After Senate Democrats Back DownDems can still prevail in the larger battle over immigration policy — but ending the shutdown Monday definitely wasn’t a victory.
  50. Government Shuts Down After GOP Spending Bill Fails in the SenateLawmakers said they’re still talking, but the midnight deadline passed without a deal on spending or DACA.
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