McConnell calls for next president to be more ‘assertive’ on foreign policy

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called out President Obama on Sunday over his foreign policy, saying he’s responsible for a “reduction in American leadership” in the world. During a radio interview with John Catsimatidis on Sunday, McConnell blasted Obama for disengaging from the rest of the world. “I rarely quote Jimmy Carter, but Jimmy Carter said he couldn’t think […]

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How Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell took such different approaches to supporting Donald Trump

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s deepest ideological instincts were formed in the conservative movement of the 1980s. “You have to understand, I come from the conservative wing of the party, I’m a movement conservative,” the Wisconsin Republican told a small group of reporters soon after becoming speaker. Three weeks later Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) explained that his first […]

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Senator’s comments on court nominee stir up conservatives

A Republican senator’s remarks expressing support for Senate consideration of President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court pick have angered conservatives and underscored the passion the issue stirs in GOP and Democratic activists. The comments by Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran put him at odds with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other GOP leaders, who have said the chamber won’t hold […]

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Congress poised to end where it started

NEW: President Barack Obama signed the deadline extension early Friday morning Senate could vote on spending bill Friday, but have until Saturday before next deadline Congress narrowly averted another shutdown Thursday night, 14 months after the last one What’s new is that now Democrats don’t need their President Washington (CNN) — This Congress is going out just the way it […]

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McConnell: “There Will Not Be Another Government Shutdown”

Following the 16-day government shutdown, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky promised on CBS’ Face the Nation that there will not be another shutdown. Fellow Republicans joined the chorus of urging the party to move forward. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said on Fox News Sunday that Republicans need to “show a little self-restraint” in attacking Obamacare, and Republican Sen. John McCain said […]

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McConnell Campaign Seeks FBI Probe of Secret Tape

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign has asked the FBI to investigate how a liberal magazine obtained an audio recording of a private strategy meeting in which aides discussed how to defeat Ashley Judd if the actress ran against McConnell next year.   The tape, released Tuesday on the website of Mother Jones magazine, captures McConnell and a cadre of aides […]

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The Gentlemen from Kentucky: Inside the Partnership of Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell was watching a basketball game on TV at around 10 p.m. on March 6 when he flipped the channel to C-Span for an update from the Senate floor. At 11:47 that morning, McConnell’s Kentucky compatriot, Republican Senator Rand Paul, had launched an old-school filibuster to protest Barack Obama‘s nomination of counterterrorism official John Brennan as […]

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