McConnell: ‘Good Morning’ for Senate GOP, Trump ‘helpful’

Politics 11/07/18, 11:57

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it's a "good morning" for Republicans. He says President Donald Trump helped keep the Senate in GOP hands. The Kentucky Republican spoke Wednesday morning, hours after midterm election voters kept the Senate controlled by Republicans, even as they flipped the House to a Democratic majority. McConnell ...

Update: Trump urges supporters to vote, knocks media

Politics 11/05/18, 12:45

The Latest on President Donald Trump and midterm elections (all times local): 11:33 a.m. President Donald Trump is imploring his supporters to vote on Tuesday, saying the media will treat the midterm results as a referendum on his presidency. Trump is telling supporters on a tele-town hall organized by his re-election campaign that, ...

Update: McConnell terms shootings as hate crimes

U.S. 10/29/18, 12:30

The Latest on the shooting deaths of two people at a Kentucky grocery store (all times local): Noon U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre and Kentucky grocery store shooting fit the definition of hate crimes, and he says the death penalty should apply in such cases. The Kentucky ...

Ex-Kentucky senator who lost to Mitch McConnell in 1984 dies

U.S. 10/16/18, 08:28

Walter "Dee" Huddleston, a former two-term U.S. senator who lost his re-election bid in 1984 to Republican Mitch McConnell in one of Kentucky's most storied and pivotal political campaigns, died Tuesday. He was 92.Huddleston, a Democratic powerbroker in his home state before he went to Washington, died in his sleep ...

In Kentucky, Trump rallies voters while praising McConnell

Politics 10/14/18, 00:50

President Donald Trump heaped praise on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, crediting the veteran Kentucky lawmaker's political toughness and acumen during the ugly battle that concluded with Brett Kavanaugh becoming a Supreme Court justice."He's Kentucky tough," Trump declared Saturday night.Kavanaugh took his seat on the high court this week after ...

Congress heads toward postelection fight over border wall

Politics 10/13/18, 01:53

Congress is heading toward a postelection showdown over President Donald Trump's wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, as GOP leaders signal they're willing to engage in hardball tactics that could spark a partial government shutdown and the president revs up midterm crowds for the wall, a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign ...

Update: McConnell warns of backfire if Dems harass Trump

U.S. 10/10/18, 10:20

The Latest on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's interview with The Associated Press (all times local):10:10 a.m.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is warning Democrats to think carefully about "presidential harassment" if they win the majority of the House.The Kentucky Republican told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that Democratic ...

McConnell to : ‘Nobody’s going to beat’ Murkowski

U.S. 10/10/18, 05:17

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that "nobody's going to beat" Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska despite her opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.In an interview with The Associated Press, McConnell disputed President Donald Trump's prediction that Alaskans "will never forgive" Murkowski and that she'll "never recover" ...

How it happened: Procedural vote on Kavanaugh was critical

U.S. 10/08/18, 00:28

Mitch McConnell walked onto the Senate floor for the big vote to save Brett Kavanaugh's nomination with a secret: He didn't know how it would turn out.It wasn't supposed to be like this. The Senate majority leader is often seen as a masterful tactician. But he was watching and waiting ...

McConnell: Kavanaugh deserved an up-or-down vote

U.S. 10/06/18, 20:58

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he never would have pulled the plug on Brett Kavanaugh over the allegations of sexual misconduct because the Supreme Court nominee deserved an up-or-down vote — even if it failed.McConnell said in an interview Saturday with The Associated Press that Kavanaugh also wanted to ...

Key senators undecided as Senate poised to vote on Kavanaugh

U.S. 10/05/18, 01:59

The Senate is taking a crucial vote Friday to advance Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Key GOP senators remain undecided amid allegations of sexual misconduct and intense protests dividing the nation.Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks about the FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett ...

Initial Senate vote on Kavanaugh nomination set for Friday

U.S. 10/04/18, 01:52

The Senate braced for a crucial initial vote Friday on Brett Kavanaugh's tottering Supreme Court nomination after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set his polarized chamber on a schedule to decide an election-season battle that has consumed the nation. A showdown roll call over confirmation seemed likely over the weekend. McConnell, R-Ky., ...

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