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Mitch Mcconnell

  1. voting rights
    House Democrats Pass Landmark Voting Rights Bill on a Party-Line VoteBack when the original Voting Rights Act passed, support and opposition were bipartisan. Now the parties have polarized on this issue too.
  2. filibuster
    Democrats Should Trust Democracy and Resolve to Kill the FilibusterA lot of Democratic senators running for president won’t challenge the filibuster. That’s a problem for Democrats.
  3. national emergency declaration
    Trump to Sign Spending Bill, Declare National Emergency to Build the WallTrump avoids another shutdown and an admission of failure, but an emergency declaration over the wall could create a legal and political quagmire.
  4. green new deal
    McConnell Wants to Troll Democrats With Green New Deal VoteMcConnell hopes to get 2020 Democrats on the record about the policy moon shot, so Republicans can hit them with attacks mischaracterizing the deal.
  5. border wall
    For Lack of Anything Better to Do, Congress Resumes Border NegotiationsWheeling and dealing on border-security appropriations are pointless unless Trump gets involved or decides to take matters into his own hands.
  6. the national circus
    Frank Rich: Trump’s Big Speech Failed at Every LevelEven looking at the 80-minute-plus laundry list from Trump’s point of view, the State of the Union address seems to be a disaster.
  7. interesting times
    Andrew Sullivan: The Nature of SexThere are enormous dangers in trying to legislate away the differences between social constructs and biological realities on the question of gender.
  8. mitch mcconnell
    McConnell: Making It Easier to Vote Is UndemocraticThe GOP leader says that the Democrats’ plans to make Election Day a federal holiday is a “power grab.” There are some flaws in this argument.
  9. government shutdown
    Airport Workers Forced Trump to Cave (Like a Dog)Republicans are willing to condone a lot of awful things for the sake of political convenience – but personal inconvenience at the airport isn’t one.
  10. politics
    GOP Senators Are Acting Like a Bunch of BabiesA private luncheon for Republican lawmakers recently devolved into a squabble over who to blame for the government shutdown.
  11. government shutdown
    Republicans Signal They May Be Ready to End the ShutdownAfter six Republicans voted for a Democratic bill to end the shutdown, the GOP may be ready to negotiate before federal workers miss a second check.
  12. government shutdown
    The Government Shutdown (Probably) Isn’t Ending Any Time SoonTrump’s peace offering is full of poison pills. Democrats show few signs of caving — and the Supreme Court just gave them a reason to stand firm.
  13. mitch mcconnell
    In New Op-ed, McConnell Attacks Campaign Finance Reform and Voting RightsMcConnell jokes — and lies — his way through a Trump-friendly review of Democratic ethics and voting reforms.
  14. racism
    Steve King Faces Rebuke, Just as the GOP Doesn’t Need Him AnymoreGOP leaders removed the Iowa representative from his seats in the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees for claiming white supremacy isn’t offensive.
  15. government shutdown
    Democrats Say They’ll Shut Down the Senate Until It Reopens the GovernmentTrump’s got his “national emergency” alternative, but Democrats could stop regular Senate business until the chamber deals with the shutdown.
  16. politics
    Congress On Track to Put Off Spending Fight Until FebruaryThere’s a chance a spending deal can still be reached, but more likely, talks will drag on into 2019 — but with no government shutdown.
  17. lamar alexander
    Will Lame Duck Lamar Make Trouble for Trump and His Party?While Lamar Alexander represents a lost tradition of Republican bipartisanship and moderation, he’s probably too genteel and loyal to act as a gadfly.
  18. senate
    McSally Appointment Makes Arizona Sixth State With Two Women As SenatorsMcSally will have to run again in 2020, and if she wins and wants a full term, yet again in 2022. Four Western states now have two women as senators.
  19. criminal justice reform
    It Looks Like Trump Will Let McConnell Kill the Criminal-Justice Reform BillWith time running out, Trump’s not doing much to pressure the Senate leader to bring a bipartisan prison and sentencing-reform bill to the floor.
  20. 2018 midterms
    Total GOP Control in Washington Is About to End. What Did They Get Out of It?For two years Republicans have theoretically had the power to remake the federal government. How did that work out for them? It was a mixed bag.
  21. criminal justice reform
    Will Mitch McConnell Stand Tall for the Lock-Em-All-Up Racists of His Party?Trump could probably get his son-in-law’s prison-/sentencing-reform compromise through the Senate with a call to McConnell — but he may not even try.
  22. politics
    Martha McSally Lost Her Bid for Senate, But She Could Get There AnywayJohn Kyl may soon step down from the Senate seat he was appointed to in September, and Mitch McConnell wants Martha McSally to replace him.
  23. criminal justice reform
    Trump Finally Supports Kushner’s Compromise Criminal-Justice Reform BillIt’s not a done deal just yet, but Jared Kushner did get his father-in-law across the line after more than two years of delays.
  24. mitch mcconnell
    Mitch McConnell Blocks Bipartisan Bill to Safeguard Mueller ProbeJeff Flake threatened to block Trump’s pending judicial nominees in response.
  25. the national interest
    McConnell: The American People Didn’t Vote for What They Voted ForRepublican senator sees election as a mandate to continue policy of not investigating any Trump crimes.
  26. 2018 midterms
    Republicans Could Increase Their Senate Majority at MidtermsEven if there’s a Democratic “wave” sweeping the House, a favorable landscape could win Republicans Senate gains.
  27. food politics
    Mitch McConnell Is the Latest Politician to Get Heckled at a RestaurantA group of men confronted the politician while he was eating dinner with his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.
  28. the budget
    Please Stop Helping Mitch McConnell Lie About the DeficitThe Senate Majority Leader says that simple math requires the U.S. to cut Social Security and Medicare. Too many “objective” reporters agree.
  29. house democrats
    McConnell Warns Democrats That Investigating Trump Will Only Make Him StrongerThe senator advises House Democrats to avoid investigating Trump’s businesses because voters don’t like “presidential harassment.”
  30. the kavanaugh confirmation
    Republicans Are Suggesting Brett Kavanaugh Sue His AccusersNothing says “victory lap” like spiteful litigation.
  31. politics
    McConnell Says Outrage Will ‘Blow Over’ and GOP Takeover of Courts Will ContinueThe Senate Majority leader has been enjoying his Kavanaugh confirmation victory lap, and says more conservative court stacking is on the way.
  32. 2018 midterms
    Democratic House, Republican Senate Now the Likeliest Midterm ScenarioHere’s what a newly divided government would mean.
  33. the kavanaugh hearings
    Republicans Approach Kavanaugh Victory As Collins and Flake Signal ApprovalIt seems a cursory look at allegations against Kavanaugh was enough for two crucial Republican senators.
  34. 2018 midterms
    Why New Jersey’s Menendez Could Be Democrats’ Midterm Achilles’ HeelNew Jersey is a very blue state, but Bob Menendez is in some peril against a deep-pocketed opponent after a long corruption trial.
  35. the kavanaugh hearings
    Flake Forces Delay in Senate Floor Vote on Kavanaugh; Trump Approves FBI ProbeFlake supported Kavanaugh’s confirmation but successfully pushed for a one-week delay in the Senate vote pending an FBI investigation.
  36. the kavanaugh hearings
    How Will a One-Week Delay Affect the Supreme Court Confirmation Timeline?If it doesn’t change any votes, the delay for the FBI investigation may not matter that much to the GOP. But that could depend on election results.
  37. 2018 midterms
    Here’s What Happens If Republicans Dump KavanaughIt’s unlikely, but if Trump pulls the plug on Kavanaugh he’ll have time to nominate someone else in time for confirmation later this year.
  38. the kavanaugh confirmation
    An FBI Investigation Could Become GOP’s Backup Plan on KavanaughAfter fighting an investigation of allegations against Kavanaugh, Republicans may need one to shore up his credibility and satisfy their own senators.
  39. the kavanaugh confirmation
    McConnell Goes For Broke on KavanaughThe wily Senate leader has probably decided that risking a defeat on Kavanaugh is preferable to a withdrawal.
  40. the national interest
    Guess Who’s Blocking ‘Due Process’ for Brett Kavanaugh?Mitch McConnell is demanding a speedy hearing without an FBI investigation or testimony from the chief witness.
  41. 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.
  42. 2018 midterms
    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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.”
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
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