Mitch McConnell

Morning Cram
8:32 am
Thu November 15, 2012

The Morning Cram [the first time edition]

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From NPR: When President Obama sets off to Asia this weekend to highlight his so-called pivot to the region, he will make a bit of history: Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar. The country, also known as Burma, was a pariah state for decades, ruled by a ruthless military dictatorship. That is changing, and the Obama administration has encouraged a dramatic reform process in the country. But it may be too early for a victory lap.

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Politics
8:13 am
Thu November 15, 2012

McConnell Re-Elected to Lead Senate Republicans

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Kentucky's U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell has been re-elected as leader of that body’s Republicans. Colleagues unanimously chose the Commonwealth’s senior senator yesterday to lead the GOP team.  McConnell was nominated by Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. 

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Politics
7:16 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Rand Paul Promotes Compromise As GOP Senate Takeover Chances Dwindle

Whitney Jones

As Election Day nears, it’s becoming less clear who will hold the Senate majority next year. Earlier this year, most pundits were ready to hand over the keys to the U.S. Senate to Kentucky’s senior senator, Mitch McConnell. But now, a GOP takeover looks less likely.

“I know there are four or five seats we think we can pick up, there are two or three we have to hang onto. We might lose one or two of the ones we have to hang onto, but then we might pick up three or four," says Senator Rand Paul.

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Government
10:48 am
Tue September 11, 2012

McConnell, Whitfield Remark on 9/11 Anniversary

Senator Mitch Mcconnell
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Kentucky's Washington D. C. legislators made statements today in commemoration of the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following remarks at the Congressional 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the U.S. Capitol:

“More than a decade later, most of us still remember 9/11 like it was yesterday: the initial confusion, the horrifying realization of what was happening, the watching, the waiting, the grief, the anger, the resolve.

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Afternoon Update
4:20 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 8/27/12

In March 2006, Fareba Miriam became the first woman to enroll in a para-veterinarian training program that USAID is running in Afghanistan.

Today on NPR: Women in Afghanistan are, in general, better off today than when the Taliban ruled. But activists say there has been backsliding on the gains of the past decade.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Revised RNC Schedule Still Gives Kentuckians Speaking Slots

The schedule shuffling at this year’'s Republican National Convention won'’t cost any Kentucky politicians their speaking slots.

With the first day'’s events canceled due to Tropical Storm (soon to be Hurricane) Isaac, at least two Kentucky speakers were in danger of being knocked off the schedule.

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Politics
11:50 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Yarmuth Says Several Democrats Could Unseat McConnell in 2014

John Yarmuth
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One of Kentucky'’s two Democratic Congressmen believes his party has a good shot at unseating U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014.

So far, many of the state’'s top Democrats have announced plans to avoid challenging the Senate Minority Leader.

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Politics
4:29 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Despite Akin Controvers​y, McConnell Still Says GOP Chances at Senate Majority Are "50-50"

A recent controversy over a Missouri Senate candidate’'s comments on rape has not diminished U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell'’s outlook for November.

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Politics
2:21 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Conway Won't Run Against McConnell, Edelen "Highly Unlikely, " in 2014

Jack Conway
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Two of Kentucky's highest profile Democrats say they are not interested in taking on U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014.

Attorney General Jack Conway, who ran for Senate in 2010 against Republican Rand Paul, tells Kentucky Public Radio he isn't interested in running for the chamber again.

“I cannot forsee a scenario where I would run for the Senate in 2014, because I stated on several occasions when I ran for re-election as attorney general that I would finish out that term as attorney general,” he says.

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Politics
2:49 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

At Rally, Paul Says Republican​s Will Replace Health Care Law With 'Health Care for Everyone'

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Kentucky'’s two U.S. Senators say they both want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but wouldn’'t elaborate on reforms to replace the measure. The senators headlined a Tea Party rally held today in Frankfort.

This was Senator Mitch McConnell’'s biggest Tea Party event to date, and his message wasn'’t a surprise. Both he and Senator Rand Paul rallied the crowd around the idea of repealing the federal health care law, which they call "Obamacare."

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