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Shutdown Almost Over as Senate Passes Bill

Measure passes as McConnell agrees to take up DACA bill; House expected to follow suit

(Newser) - It's almost over: The Senate passed a short-term spending bill Monday afternoon that will end the government shutdown as soon as the House follows suit. The House is expected to do so in a matter of hours, reports the Washington Post . The development toward ending the three-day shutdown came... More »

GOP Senator Blames Trump Aide for Impasse

Government shutdown stretches into Monday

(Newser) - A deal to end the government shutdown before the beginning of the workweek failed Sunday night, meaning the first shutdown since 2013 will stretch into Monday—and possibly much longer. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Sunday night that a vote on a deal to fund the government through Feb.... More »

What to Expect If Government Shuts Down

Mail and Social Security checks would be OK, and maybe the national parks on a limited basis

(Newser) - The looming government shutdown has had one tangible effect so far: President Trump has put plans for a trip to his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort on hold, reports NBC News . "The President will not be going to Florida until the CR passes," the White House said, referring to a... More »

Bill Passes House, but Shutdown Still Looms

Senate Democrats are expected to kill it

(Newser) - A government shutdown starting midnight Friday is looking like a strong possibility: A short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown was passed by the House Thursday evening, largely along party lines, but the measure appears unlikely to pass the Senate, Reuters reports. After a last-minute deal with the conservative... More »

If a Shutdown Happens, McConnell Has a Plan

Politico reports he'll keep Senate in session, try to foist blame on Democrats

(Newser) - If he were a betting man, it doesn't sound like President Trump would be betting on a short-term budget agreement passing Congress by Friday. In brief comments to reporters outside the Pentagon Thursday, Trump said there "could very well be" a shutdown. "We'll see what happens.... More »

McConnell Will 'Let the People of Alabama' Decide

The Senate leader changes his tune on Roy Moore

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell is now saying voters in Alabama should decide if they want Republican candidate Roy Moore to be their new senator, Politico reports. Appearing on ABC's This Week, the Republican Senate majority leader said, "I'm going to let the people of Alabama make the call" when... More »

Another Woman Accuses Roy Moore of Sexual Assault

Beverly Young Nelson says she was just 16 when Moore attacked her

(Newser) - Just hours after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore to "step aside" in Alabama's special election, another woman accused Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager. At a press conference Monday with attorney Gloria Allred, Beverly Young Nelson said... More »

McConnell Calls for Moore to Step Down, Moore Fires Back

Senate majority leader steps up his stance on Moore

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is stepping up his official thoughts on Roy Moore. "I think he should step aside," he said of the GOP Senate candidate during a presser Monday, the Hill reports. Asked more specifically about allegations that Moore, running in a special Dec. 12 election... More »

Steve Bannon Sees One Big Lesson From Tuesday

'You can't fake the Trump agenda,' he says of Ed Gillespie's loss in Virginia

(Newser) - Lots of pundits are calling Tuesday's election results a defeat for President Trump and his agenda. One-time senior aide Steve Bannon has a different take: Losing candidates weren't Trumpian enough. "One of the things about the Gillespie campaign is that you can't fake the Trump agenda,... More »

Super PAC Declares War on Bannon

Group allied with Mitch McConnell hopes to thwart his plans

(Newser) - Steve Bannon's campaign to replace mainstream Republicans in Congress with individuals adhering to his anti-establishment message won't go unimpeded. Per the Washington Post , a super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has "declared open warfare" against the former White House chief strategist, who's reportedly... More »

McConnell Says Vote on Bipartisan ACA Fix Is Possible

McConnell says he'll bring the bill to the Senate floor if the president promises to sign it

(Newser) - The battle over the future of the Affordable Care Act continued on the Sunday morning news shows, with Senate leaders from both parties offering some hope for bipartisan legislation. On CNN's State of the Union, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would be willing to bring the bipartisan... More »

Trump: My Relationship With McConnell Is 'Very Good'

He insists that despite reports, they are 'closer than ever before'

(Newser) - Relations are reportedly chilly between President Trump and Mitch McConnell, but after their private meeting Monday, Trump told reporters he and the Senate majority leader have "been friends for a long time" and are now, "despite what we read ... closer than ever before. And the relationship is very... More »

Cold Lunch? Trump, McConnell to Meet Monday

They'll talk fall agenda after nasty public sniping

(Newser) - President Trump blames the Senate's GOP leader for the health overhaul's failure, hints at tantalizing deals with Democrats, and watches his former strategist work to bulldoze the Republican establishment on Capitol Hill. There's no need for air conditioning at the White House with that chill in the... More »

McConnell's Task: Recover From Worst Day of Political Life

The big question: Can he rebound?

(Newser) - As has been widely noted , Mitch McConnell had a truly awful Tuesday. The Senate majority leader had to surrender on ObamaCare repeal, ally Bob Corker announced he was retiring , and, perhaps worst of all, the Senate candidate that McConnell strongly backed in Alabama got trounced by one backed by the... More »

Trump Likes Image of Him 'Eclipsing' Obama

He also tweets about Mitch McConnell and James Clapper

(Newser) - It's been another busy morning for President Trump on Twitter . He's hit a wide range of topics, but one tweet in particular drawing attention is actually a retweet of a supporter's eclipse joke. It shows an image of Trump gradually coming closer to one of President Obama,... More »

McConnell: Trump and I Are Speaking

Anyone suggesting otherwise is just 'not part of the conversation'

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he and President Trump are in regular contact about "shared goals" and working together to advance them. He says people suggesting otherwise are "clearly not part of the conversation." McConnell says priorities include tax overhaul, spending, and other bills. The Kentucky... More »

Trump, McConnell Aren't Speaking After Angry Call

Elaine Chao: 'I stand by my man—both of them'

(Newser) - President Trump and Mitch McConnell have taken potshots at each other in public of late, but that's nothing compared to what's going on in private, reports the New York Times . A lengthy story describes their relations as of the "Cold War" variety, and it says the two... More »

McConnell Condemns Statements but Not Trump

'There are no good neo-Nazis'

(Newser) - "There are no good neo-Nazis," Sen. Mitch McConnell said Wednesday. “We can have no tolerance for an ideology of racial hatred," the Hill quotes the Senate majority leader as saying. "Those who espouse their views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms." McConnell... More »

Alabama Senate Race a Tough One for Trump's Favorite

Luther Strange trails candidate Roy Moore

(Newser) - The fight for the Alabama Senate seat previously vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions looks poised to go to a Sept. 26 runoff election. But the path there officially kicks off Tuesday with a special election primary in which three candidates will be weeded down to two. President Trump and... More »

Trump Steps Up Fight With McConnell in New Tweets

'Get back to work' on health care, president urges

(Newser) - President Trump isn't ready to wrap up a new public feud with Mitch McConnell. The president's first tweet of the day on Thursday called out the Senate majority leader, marking the second straight day he has done so. "Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed... More »

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