Mitch McConnell

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NBC News political director and host of "Meet the Press" Chuck Todd says Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul will be a formidable candidate for president should he decide to seek the Republican nomination next year.

Todd spoke Tuesday on the campus of Murray State University before he delivered the school's 2015 presidential lecture. He said he thinks Paul could overcome a deep divide with his own party over issues like foreign policy and prognosticators should underrate Paul’s chances "at their own peril."

When Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) first entered politics in the 1960s, he started out as moderate — pro-abortion rights, pro-union, in support of the civil rights movement. With time, McConnell shifted to the right as the Republican Party shifted.

"I was just really startled by this when I started looking into it," Alec MacGillis tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I knew that he had started out as somewhat more moderate — but I didn't realize just how moderate he really was."

At 72, after 30 years in the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell has finally realized his life's ambition.

He never wanted to be president — he just wanted to be Senate majority leader. And when he ascends to that perch come January, McConnell will finally have a chance to shape the chamber he says he deeply loves. McConnell declared his first priority will be to make what's been called a paralyzed Senate function again. But the politician who became the face of obstruction over the past four years will have to persuade Democrats to cooperate.

The world’s two biggest emitters of carbon dioxide have reached an agreement on emissions reductions. The United States and China announced the deal yesterday, in a move that’s already being praised by environmental groups and panned by Congressional Republicans.

One day after GOP candidates gave their party control of both chambers of Congress, presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate "needs to be fixed" — and that he and his Republican colleagues are willing to work with President Obama on some issues.

We'll update this post with news from McConnell's appearance in Louisville, Ky.

Update at 2:25 p.m. ET: On Obama And The Veto Threat

With only a week left until the election, U.S. Senate candidates Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell have each launched run-up strategies to mobilize voters.

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell continues his campaign swing through the Commonwealth prior to next week’s general election with a series of stops in western Kentucky.  McConnell appears this afternoon at Trigg County Hospital in Cadiz before his stop this evening at Furches Farm in Calloway County. 

Election Day is a week away, and Republicans are holding out hope that their party can gain control of the Senate and keep control of the House. If that happens, it will give Republicans like current Minority Leader Mitch McConnell more leverage to take action on the Obama Administration’s environmental policies. These policies include proposed limits on greenhouse gases from new and existing power plants, and many others that McConnell has railed against over the past six years.

Clinton Campaigns for Grimes in Paducah

Oct 22, 2014
Lance Dennee

Former President Bill Clinton joined Allison Lundergan Grimes in Paducah Tuesday to help the Democrat campaign for the upcoming U.S. Senate election in Kentucky.

Grimes' father Jerry Lundergan lead Kentucky's Democratic Party when Clinton campaigned in the 90's and the families remain close. 

At the event, held at McCracken County High School, the former president criticized Grimes' opponent, Republican senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.

Mitch McConnell to Visit Murray, Paducah Tomorrow

Oct 14, 2014

As the November 4th elections come ever closer, Senator Mitch McConnell (R) plans to stop by Murray and Paducah tomorrow.