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GOP Senators Make Unannounced Trip to Kyiv

Zelensky welcomes display 'of bipartisan support'

(Newser) - The latest unannounced trip to Ukraine by US politicos was made Saturday by four Republican senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the visit as "a strong signal of bipartisan support for Ukraine," the Washington Post reports. The meeting was announced Saturday by Zelensky's...

Audio Clip on Trump Appears to Contradict McCarthy's Claim

He talks about calling then-president after Capitol riot to recommend Trump resign

(Newser) - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy might be in some hot water politically over a newly released audio clip. On Thursday morning, the New York Times reported that McCarthy told other House GOP leaders a few days after the Capitol riot that he would call then-President Trump and encourage him to...

Mitch McConnell's Decision on Ketanji Brown Jackson: No

The Republican says he will vote against her Supreme Court nomination

(Newser) - The Senate is on track to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman on the Supreme Court in April, with the Wall Street Journal reporting GOP senators signaled on Thursday that they don't intend to make any moves that would seriously delay or block her confirmation. But...

McCarthy, McConnell Slam Fellow GOPers Over America First Event

'Unacceptable,' McCarthy said of Gosar, Taylor Greene's appearances at white nationalist forum

(Newser) - Marjorie Taylor Greene has already received a slap on the wrist from the chairwoman of the RNC for her appearance Friday at a white nationalist conference. Now, the Georgia congresswoman—and fellow GOPer Rep. Paul Gosar, of Arizona, who appeared virtually at the America First Political Action Conference—are on...

McConnell Breaks With RNC on Capitol Riot
Trump: McConnell Does Not
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Trump: McConnell Does Not Speak for the GOP

McConnell had criticized RNC resolution censuring panel members

(Newser) - Update: Former President Trump issued a lengthy statement Wednesday slamming Mitch McConnell a day after the Senate minority leader's comments on Jan. 6. "Mitch McConnell does not speak for the Republican Party, and does not represent the views of the vast majority of its voters," Trump said....

After Graham Balks at Pardons for Rioters, a Trump Slam

'He's a RINO,' former president tells Newsmax

(Newser) - Donald Trump has added another Republican to his list of supposed RINOs : his ally Lindsey Graham. The former president lobbed the insult—that's "Republican in name only"—at the Republican senator from South Carolina on Tuesday after Graham refused to back the idea of presidential pardons for...

Mitch McConnell Contrasts Black Voters, American Voters

Senator's rep says he misspoke, critics disagree

(Newser) - Asked Wednesday to respond to voters of color concerned that they will be unable to vote in the midterm elections without passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, Mitch McConnell put it this way : "The concern is misplaced because if you look at the statistics, African American...

Only 3 Federal Officials Viewed Favorably by Most in US

John Roberts, the Fed's Jerome Powell, and Anthony Fauci

(Newser) - Gallup put the names of 11 federal officials in front of Americans in a new survey, and only three registered positive ratings from the majority of respondents. The clear No. 1 was Supreme Court Justice John Roberts (60%), followed by Fed chief Jerome Powell (53%) and Dr. Anthony Fauci...

Senate Hopeful Falsely Claimed He Finished College

Herschel Walker didn't get his degree

(Newser) - Herschel Walker's campaign proudly touts the Senate hopeful's small town roots, Olympic accomplishments, and business credentials. It also used to say Walker graduated from the University of Georgia, which he was attending in 1981 when he won the Heisman. However, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution story following up on that...

Trump's Push to Oust McConnell Is Misfiring
Trump's Push
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McConnell
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Trump's Push to Oust McConnell Is Misfiring

Politico: Not a single Republican senator is on board

(Newser) - Donald Trump has escalated his attacks on Mitch McConnell of late, but Politico reports that the former president's push to oust McConnell as Senate Republican leader is fizzling. Not a single GOP senator has expressed support for the idea, and the story notes that only two GOP senatorial candidates...

McConnell Tried to Bar Trump From Inauguration, Book Says

Former president responds by calling senator 'old crow'

(Newser) - Sen. Mitch McConnell wanted to shut Donald Trump out of President Biden’s inauguration, a new book claims. ABC News Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl says in Betrayal that the Kentucky Republican was more concerned with the danger of giving the outgoing president an opportunity to disrupt the peaceful transfer of...

Voting Rights Bill Hits GOP Wall
GOP Turns Back
Voting Rights Bill

GOP Turns Back Voting Rights Bill

Democrats to lobby each other on changing filibuster rule after another loss

(Newser) - Republican senators put a stop Wednesday to Democratic legislation to overhaul elections. The Freedom to Vote Act needed 60 votes; the count was 49-51, the Hill reports. "For every two steps forward, sometimes there are those who try to pull us one step back," Sen. Chuck Schumer said....

Schumer Confirms Agreement on Debt Ceiling, for Now
Debt Ceiling
Deal Clears
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Debt Ceiling Deal Clears Senate

We're good until December

(Newser) - Update: The Senate dodged a US debt disaster Thursday night, voting to extend the government’s borrowing authority into December and temporarily avert an unprecedented federal default that experts warned would devastate the economy and harm millions of Americans. The vote of 50-48 in support of the bill to raise...

Democrats Say They'll Take Deal on Debt Limit

Mitch McConnell offered short-term extension

(Newser) - Update: Both sides claimed victory Wednesday after Democratic senators agreed to accept Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's offer of a short-term deal on raising the debt limit, Politico reports. After a closed-door caucus meeting, Senate Democrats said they were prepared to accept the Republican's offer of an emergency...

Biden Tells GOP to 'Get Out of the Way' on Debt Limit

McConnell says Dems must handle issue alone

(Newser) - President Biden on Monday urged Republican senators to “get out of the way” and let Democrats suspend the nation’s debt limit, hoping to keep the US government from bumping dangerously close to a credit default as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to lend his party’s help....

Colbert Needs Top Hat, Song to Explain Congress
Colbert Uses Willy Wonka
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Colbert Uses Willy Wonka to Explain Congress

He sings about 'reconciliation' in a top hat

(Newser) - Congress is nearing the end of a monumental week , one in which lawmakers are trying to avert a shutdown as they consider two huge pieces of legislation that could decide the fate of President Biden's legislative agenda. Stephen Colbert attempted to explain all this Wednesday night, in particular the...

Trump, McConnell's Icy Relationship Just Got Icier

'WSJ' report says former president is seeking GOPers to challenge the ex-Senate majority leader

(Newser) - If you've been wondering about Sen. Mitch McConnell's standing in the eyes of former President Trump—well, it doesn't appear to be too high. The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump has been gunning for the Senate minority leader from Kentucky, working behind the scenes to find...

McConnell: 'There Isn't Going to Be an Impeachment'

'The way these behaviors get adjusted in this country is at the ballot box'

(Newser) - Some Republicans are calling for President Biden to be impeached over his handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan—but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says it's not going to happen. For starters, he noted at an event in Kentucky on Wednesday, Republicans do not control Congress. "The president...

Urging Vaccinations, McConnell Brings Up Polio

Senator survived that disease as a boy, before a vaccine was developed

(Newser) - Sen. Mitch McConnell, who would have benefited from a vaccine for another disease decades ago, is urging his constituents to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. The Senate minority leader has recorded a 60-second radio commercial that began airing Thursday on 100 stations in Kentucky, CNN reports. When he was a...

McConnell Asked to Pick 'Desert Island' Democratic President

Not Jimmy Carter

(Newser) - It's a twist on the stranded-on-a-desert-island question. On Tuesday, Mitch McConnell wasn't asked what book or movie he'd want to be stuck with, but rather which living Democratic president he'd want to be saddled with. How the question was posed at a Kentucky Chamber of Commerce...

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