Mitch McConnell

He requires a spending offset for unemployment insurance, but not corporate tax extenders.

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Mitch McConnell Bleeds Red. Why Can’t He Admit It?

An only-in-Kentucky college basketball gaffe reveals the senator’s true problem

A Mitch McConnell web video accidentlly used Duke instead of Kentucky players. The superficial gaffe has become a huge political issue, and revealed deep truths about the Senate minority leader.

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Republicans who want to do something about poverty and the unemployed? That's so last week.

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Republicans are so outraged by the Democrats' use of the "nuclear option," they're threatening to nuke back.

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“Here are my words for the EPA,” a speaker at a Sierra Club event, Laura MacLeery, shouted into a mic in a packed room Thursday morning. “Be bold, brave, creative, visionary! Carpe diem!” She was rallying a troop of volunteers from green groups like the League of Conservation Voters and the National Wildlife Federation to walk the few blocks to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, where the public had been invited to weigh in on proposed standards for carbon pollution.

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New bipartisan negotiations over fiscal policy are underway, as a result of the deal that ended the government shutdown. But don’t expect these negotiations to produce a “grand bargain” in which Democrats and Republicans each make major concessions.

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Scarcely had Mitch McConnell ceased stating his support on the Senate floor for a deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling than the Beltway press was already singing his praises as a veteran legislator willing to deal with the Democrats to save the country at the last instant even if hurts him back home. From the Washington Post’s online Fix column:

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Americans who want jobs or mortgages will suffer because John Boehner didn't have the guts to stiff the Tea Party

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The Inevitable Republican Collapse That Will End the Shutdown

The grim, angry, loopy, and predetermined conclusion to Washington's crisis

The crisis in Washington is grinding, miserably, to a close. Here's who wins, and how it shakes out. 

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Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate Republicans, approached Democrats with a new offer over the weekend: He and his colleagues would vote to open the government and increase its borrowing authority, as long as Democrats would agree to accept the depleted spending levels of budget sequestration. Harry Reid, leader of the Senate Democrats, said no thanks. It was the third time in less than a week Democrats had spurned a Republican overture.

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