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  Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator says he thinks Merrick Garland should be the next

director of the FBI. Garland was nominated by President Obama last year to join

the U.S. Supreme Court.

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U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has appointed a Somerset judge to a national juvenile justice advisory board.

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In the wake of President Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says a special prosecutor is not needed to investigate Russia’s interference in last year’s presidential election.

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Retired miners will not lose their health benefits, as had been feared, thanks to last-minute action from Congress. However, Congress did not act on the miners’ faltering pension benefits fund, which supports some 43,000 retired miners in the Ohio Valley region.

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said President Trump’s decision to conduct air strikes in Syria sends a clear message to the Asssad regime that the use of chemical weapons on his own people won’t be tolerated.

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Senator Rand Paul has come out against President Donald Trump’s decision to attack Syria Thursday, calling it unconstitutional. During an interview on Fox Business, Paul said Trump should have gotten approval from Congress before attacking.

This is how the Senate changes — not with a bang, but with a motion to overturn the ruling of the chair.

By a simple majority vote, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., set a new precedent in the Senate that will ease the confirmation for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Friday, after 30 more hours of debate on the floor.

"This will be the first, and last, partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court justice," said McConnell in a closing floor speech.

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Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell has named a new chief of staff in his Senate office.

Updated at 7:15 p.m. ET.

Forty-one Democratic senators have now publicly announced that they will vote against ending debate this week on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. That means Republicans cannot at this time clear the 60-vote threshold needed to proceed to an up-or-down vote on the nomination. It also sets up an historic vote to end the Senate's filibuster rule for Supreme Court nominees.

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  The Senate has voted to confirm an eastern Kentucky judge for a seat on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

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