Mitch McConnell

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As Impeachment Looms, McConnell Starts Planning

Reports: If things head toward Senate trial, there would be hearings 6 days a week

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledges that President Trump's impeachment by the House is rather likely, and he has a plan in place. "There's great motivation to get this done by Christmas," North Dakota GOP Sen. Kevin Cramer tells CNN of the expected trial in the... More »

McConnell Says in Ad He'll Stop Impeachment

Majority leader had said Senate would have to take up the issue

(Newser) - In a new Facebook video ad, Mitch McConnell seems to provide a unsubtle clue to how he would handle an impeachment trial of President Trump in the Senate. "The way that impeachment stops is a Senate majority with me as majority leader," McConnell says, adding, "But I... More »

McConnell: Senate Will Consider a Gun Bill, on One Condition

Majority leader says President Trump must signal he'd sign it into law

(Newser) - In the wake of the most recent mass shootings in Dayton , Ohio, and the Texas cities of El Paso and Odessa , Republican Mitch McConnell finds himself once again under pressure to bring some sort of gun legislation to the Senate floor, including measures that have a thumbs-up from both the... More »

Team Mitch Proclaims 'Victory' in Twitter Tiff

Kentucky senator's campaign sees account reinstated after multiday lockdown

(Newser) - Team Mitch is back—on Twitter, that is. Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign was effectively taken offline Wednesday on the social media platform after Twitter locked the account , claiming it had violated the site's "violent threats policy." The offending post that led to the lockdown was a... More »

McConnell Open to Considering New Gun Laws

But he doesn't want to bring Senate back early

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't want to bring the Senate back early from its August break to debate gun legislation, and he won't commit to supporting measures like expanded background checks—but he is at least willing to consider new legislation. McConnell told a Kentucky radio station... More »

McConnell Campaign Put in 'Twitter Jail' Over Video

Team Mitch says expletive-filled protest footage led to online lockdown

(Newser) - Team Mitch had another Twitter glitch . The Louisville Courier Journal reports the @Team_Mitch account was put in "Twitter jail" after the campaign posted a video of an expletive-filled protest outside of McConnell's Louisville home. The Monday night protest involved, among others, local Black Lives Matter leader Chanelle Helm,... More »

AOC Asks McConnell About Photo of 'Team Mitch' Boys

Image shows the males poised to manhandle a cutout of her

(Newser) - Amy McGrath isn't the only one with a bone to pick with Mitch McConnell over a tweet . Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted at the Senate majority leader Monday night, hours after a photo posted to social media showing seven males clad in "Team Mitch" shirts poised to manhandle a... More »

McConnell's Campaign in Hot Water Over Tombstone Tweet

Campaign tweets photo showing fake gravestones featuring his opponent's name, and others

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell appeared at Fancy Farm, an annual Kentucky picnic featuring political speeches, on Saturday—and afterward, his campaign tweeted a photo from the event that proved to be controversial. "The Grim Reaper of Socialism at #FancyFarm today," read the tweet, which appeared alongside one photo of the... More »

McConnell Trips, Breaks His Shoulder

Senate majority leader will work from home for now, rep says

(Newser) - US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is recovering at home in Kentucky after suffering a shoulder fracture in a fall Sunday, a spokesman said. McConnell tripped on his outdoor patio at his Louisville home Sunday morning, and has been treated and released after getting medical attention, said David Popp, a... More »

Trump, McConnell Are Fighting MSNBC, Washington Post

Inside the latest Trump vs. the media mess

(Newser) - A skirmish (or two) involving President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Washington Post, and MSNBC has escalated into unusual personal bitterness this week, with election security legislation and Trump's attacks on US Rep. Elijah Cummings as the triggers. The AP explains :
  • The McConnell arm of the drama
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Hours Later, Candidate Flips on Confirming Kavanaugh

Amy McGrath now says she would have voted against nominee

(Newser) - Hours after saying in an interview that she probably would have voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh for a spot on the Supreme Court, Amy McGrath had a change of heart. She tweeted later Wednesday that she would have opposed the newest justice, Roll Call reports. She had told the Louisville ... More »

Amy McGrath's First 24 Hours Were Extremely Lucrative

When it comes to Democratic Senate candidates, the most lucrative ever

(Newser) - On Tuesday, Democrat Amy McGrath announced she was going toe-to-toe with Mitch McConnell. On Wednesday, her campaign announced it pulled in $2.5 million in the first 24 hours—a record for a Democratic Senate campaign by a long shot. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says the previous record-holder was... More »

McConnell: Obama and I Both Have Slave-Owning Ancestors

He says they're the same in that way, and on subject of reparations

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell is opposed to reparations, a stance that he says is unchanged by some digging NBC News did. On Monday, it published a report based on 1850 and 1860 census records that showed two of his great-great-grandfathers were Alabama slave owners, having at least 14 slaves between them. CNN... More »

New McConnell Foe Recalls Letter She Wrote Him at 13

Democrat and former fighter pilot Amy McGrath is running for his seat in Kentucky

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell may have a much tougher fight on his hands for re-election in 2020. Democrat and former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath said Tuesday she will challenge the Republican Senate leader, reports the Louisville Courier Journal . Make no mistake: McConnell, first elected to his Kentucky Senate seat in 1984,... More »

McConnell: Jon Stewart Is 'Bent Out of Shape' on 9/11 Fund

'Many things happen at the last minute,' he says

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell sounded bemused Monday when he addressed Jon Stewart's criticism of his alleged foot-dragging on the 9/11 victims' fund . "We have never failed to address this issue, and we will address it again," McConnell told Fox and Friends, per the Washington Post . "I don’t... More »

Stewart: Mitch McConnell Is 'White Whale' of 9/11 Funding

'He has always held out until the very last minute'

(Newser) - Jon Stewart kept up the pressure on Congress to pass funding for 9/11 first responders in a Fox News Sunday appearance—and slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as the "white whale" of the issue. "I want to make it clear that this has never been dealt with... More »

McConnell Has New Position on High Court Vacancies

Senate leader blocked Obama pick, but wouldn't stop Trump's

(Newser) - If a vacancy opens up on the Supreme Court next year during the presidential campaign, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he'll try to win confirmation for President Trump's nominee. During the last campaign, McConnell blocked confirmation for Merrick Garland, who was nominated by President Obama. On Tuesday,... More »

New DC Flashpoint Centers on Trump Jr.

President's allies want GOP Sen. Richard Burr to drop his committee's subpoena

(Newser) - The newest point of friction in DC is the Senate Intelligence Committee's decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. The panel is conducting its own investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and it wants the president's son to answer more questions. What sets this apart from the... More »

'Cocaine Mitch' Wants You to Join His 'Cartel'

He's selling campaign T-shirts with cocaine dust

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell is embracing the "Cocaine Mitch" nickname given to him last year, going so far as to sell T-shirts featuring a faceless man (ostensibly McConnell) beside a dusting of white powder. "A year ago, a legend was born. Own your piece of history. #CocaineMitch," McConnell's... More »

McConnell: Stop This 'Groundhog Day'

He says Mueller report is 'case closed,' and Democrats should move on

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell summed up his view of the Mueller report in two words on Tuesday: "case closed." The Senate majority leader criticized Democrats for wanting to continue related investigations and issued a plea to "finally end this Groundhog Day spectacle," reports NBC News . “Remember, Russia... More »

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