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Shutdown Wars Return?

Mitch McConnell seems to be ready to go to the mat to oppose Obama — even risking a government shutdown with riders on must-pass bills — if he wins Majority Leader in a future Republican Senate.

McConnell: Expect More Gov’t Shutdowns Challenges in GOP Senate

6 hours agoNews : Mediaite

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told Politico's Manu Raju that if he got a title change in the 2014 midterms, President Barack Obama should expect the Senate to pass confrontational legislation that could spell a repeat of last fall's government shutdown.

Mitch McConnell’s Plan To Shut Down The Government Again

Politico profiles the Senate Minority Leader’s plan, should he become the Senate Majority Leader. …the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if Republicans gain control of the chamber. The emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills that would limit Obama policies on everything from the [...]

Mitch McConnell: Expect more shutdown brinkmanship if Republicans take the Senate

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says that if the GOP emerges from the midterms with control of both chambers of Congress, he'll give Obama a choice: Pass bills you don't like, or risk another government shutdown. In an...Show More Summary

The Paper of Record helps frantic Democrats distance themselves from Obama

After relating a highly amusing incident in which a crestfallen Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was brusquely told by President Obama to deal with Republican leader Mitch McConnell on his own (just try to imagine the expression onShow More Summary

GOP Obstruction Is Making It Harder To Catch Rapists—Mitch McConnell Would Rather Not Talk About It

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will not say if he will stop blocking a major spending bill in the Senate that contains funding to help identify and prosecute rapists—or whether he would support a separate bill to break...Show More Summary

Grimes Counts on Clinton Magic for a Kentucky Win

6 days agoNews : The Newsroom

Alison Lundergan Grimes, the would-be Democratic successor to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), has a clever way of dismissing her rival’s efforts to link her to an unpopular President Obama. “The senator seems to thinkShow More Summary

Top Kentucky coal advocate bends over backward to defend McConnell family’s connection to anti-coal group

6 days agoNews : The Newsroom

The trade group representing the Kentucky coal industry is defending Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s wife’s work on the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies, despite its role in funding one of the most aggressive anti-coal initiatives in the country.

Exclusive–Mitch McConnell: Harry Reid Must Allow Votes on House's Anti-Executive Amnesty Bills

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow the U.S. Senate to vote on the two House-passed border crisis bills that would block President Barack Obama from continuing or expanding his executive amnesty via the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Show More Summary

Mitch McConnell's re-election bid is gaining steam

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) doesn't appear to be going anywhere. After trailing or running dead even for months with Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, McConnell posted a modest four-point edge over her in the latest PPP survey, released Tuesday. Show More Summary

Speaker Of The House John Boehner To Make Fundraising Stop In North Dakota

Earlier this month Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell visited Bismarck, invited there by Senator John Hoeven. Now I’m told Speaker of the House John Boehner will be in Bismarck, fundraising for Rep. Kevin Cramer. The event will be happening this Friday, August 15th, at former NDGOP Chairman Gary Emineth’s home in Lincoln (just south of...

Political Operative Tweets Racially Charged Messages About Mitch McConnell’s Wife

A Democrat political operative has engaged in race-baiting about the wife of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader. This is the second time that Kentucky Democrats have made Elaine Chao’s ethnicity an issue on social media. Elaine Chao, who has been married to McConnell for more than two decades, is the distinguished former

Daily Beast: McConnell Fails to Heal Tea Party Wounds

Editors note : The spring primary between Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevins caused a breech with grassroots groups because of the vitriol. The Daily Beast reports on the ongoing divide. The Senate minority leader, long reviled among many...Show More Summary

Mitch McConnell, five-term Senate incumbent, says he's the 'change' candidate in Kentucky

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is facing what is expected to be a tough re-election battle against Democratic challenger Allison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state. She has made the incumbent's long tenure...Show More Summary

“I could kick his butt”: Why Mitch McConnell is in serious trouble

At Kentucky's Fancy Farm picnic, GOP minority leader tested out a tricky strategy: Make his campaign not about him

#DirtyDenier$ Day 1: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

The Senate is (sadly) full of climate deniers, but none of them is more dangerous than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). That's because Sen. McConnell possesses that dangerous combination of denialism and power. As the leader...Show More Summary

Kentucky event features BBQ, heckling and Grimes and McConnell

(CNN) – Kentucky's two U.S. Senate candidates traded pithy barbs Saturday at a dual campaign stop in the midst of a race with national implications. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his opponent, Democrat Alison Grimes, appeared in western Kentucky's Fancy Farm Picnic, where they each criticized the experience level of the other candidate. "Thirty-five […]

Leaked Memo: Top Tea Party Group Says Mitch McConnell Only Opposed the Stimulus Because It Leaned on Him

As he seeks another six years in office, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has touted his reputation as a true conservative and an unwavering opponent of President Barack Obama. But a newly leaked document written by one...Show More Summary

First on CNN: New Grimes TV ad hits McConnell on women's issues

The female Democratic candidate who hopes to topple Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is out with a new television ad hitting him where Democrats think he is highly vulnerable - with women voters. The ad is the latest in a series in which Alison Grimes uses real voters to pose questions for McConnell. In this […]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Coming To North Dakota Next Week

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will be in North Dakota next week attending a fundraiser for Republican candidates. The Bismarck Area Republican Council today sent out an email revealing that McConnell was the “special guest” Senator John Hoeven would be bringing to annual R-100 Reception to be hosted at the home of state Rep. George Keiser....

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