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Mitch Mcconnell

  1. last night on late night
    Jon Stewart Stops by Late Show to Yell at Mitch McConnell Over 9/11 SurvivorsIf we’re being honest, Jon Stewart does seem “bent out of shape” about the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
  2. politics
    Mitch McConnell Calls Statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico ‘Full-Bore Socialism’The quote is certainly consistent with Mitch McConnell’s block-anything-blue legacy, but not all Republicans agree with their leader in the Senate.
  3. 9/11
    McConnell on Jon Stewart: ‘He’s All Bent Out of Shape’ Over NothingThe Senate majority leader says 9/11 first responders will be taken care of and Stewart is “looking for some way to take offense.”
  4. the national interest
    McConnell Is Blocking Any Plan to Prevent Russian Election Attack in 2020The threat of foreign interference is actually quite severe. Why is he so blasé about it?
  5. mitch mcconnell
    Mitch McConnell: ‘Oh, We’d Fill’ Potential Supreme Court Vacancy in 2020The majority leader laughed as he rejected the argument he used to block Obama Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in 2016.
  6. impeachment
    Senate Republicans Say They Would Kill Trump Impeachment Charges InstantlyIf the House impeaches Trump, Senate Republicans are serving notice that the constitutionally required trial will be brief.
  7. public health
    McConnell Wants to Raise Tobacco Age to 21, in Rare Good GOP Public Health MoveMcConnell’s bill appears to be a step in the right direction to cut smoking, which makes it a departure from standard GOP policies on public health.
  8. mitch mcconnell
    McConnell Selling ‘Cocaine Mitch’ Shirts in KY, State With Third Highest OD RateThe t-shirts play off the momentum of an absurd political moment, but ignore the on-the-ground reality for an alarming number of Kentucky residents.
  9. the national interest
    Putin Accomplice Mitch McConnell Says Case ClosedThe Senate Majority Leader again denies that Russia was trying to help Trump win.
  10. vision 2020
    2021 Could Be a Nightmare For Democrats — Even If Trump LosesIf you want a picture of the future, imagine a GOP-controlled Senate stamping on a human face – forever.
  11. mitch mcconnell
    Mitch McConnell’s New Campaign Ad Is Brazenly Anti-DemocracyThe McConnell campaign’s first campaign ad is about insisting that his various subversions of democracy are instances of “letting the people decide.”
  12. vision 2020
    Echoing Trump, McConnell Calls for Making 2020 a ‘Referendum on Socialism’When conservatives cannot tout their own agenda, launching a Red Scare is a handy perennial approach.
  13. vision 2020
    Manchin Torments Democrats Some More With Endorsement of Susan CollinsThe sort-of-Democratic senator from West Virginia is doing everything he can to undermine his party’s drive to regain control of the upper chamber.
  14. the democrats
    Senate Democrat Apologizes for Putting Too Little Trust in Mitch McConnellMichael Bennet suggests that McConnell’s conscience would have stopped him from nuking the filibuster, if only Democrats hadn’t done so first.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. mitch mcconnell
    Mitch McConnell Blocks Bipartisan Bill to Safeguard Mueller ProbeJeff Flake threatened to block Trump’s pending judicial nominees in response.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.”
  44. the kavanaugh confirmation
    Republicans Are Suggesting Brett Kavanaugh Sue His AccusersNothing says “victory lap” like spiteful litigation.
  45. 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.
  46. 2018 midterms
    Democratic House, Republican Senate Now the Likeliest Midterm ScenarioHere’s what a newly divided government would mean.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
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