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U.S. Republican Senator from Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader

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Mitch McConnell: U.S. Republican Senator from Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader
Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. is an American politician serving as Kentucky's senior United States senator and as Senate Majority Leader. McConnell is the second Kentuckian to serve as a party leader in the Senate, the longest-serving U.S. senator for Kentucky in history, and the longest-serving leader of U.S. Senate Republicans in history.

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Wearing a mask is 'not complicated': McConnell [Video]

Wearing a mask is 'not complicated': McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday in Louisville, Kentucky repeated his call for people to wear masks, saying it 'is not complicated' and those in public life should encourage it.

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McGrath Defeats Booker In Kentucky [Video]

McGrath Defeats Booker In Kentucky

Amy McGrath won the Democratic primary to face GOP Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. McGrath is a former fighter pilot and 2018 House candidate backed by the US Senate Democrats'..

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Should be 'no stigma' to wearing masks: McConnell [Video]

Should be 'no stigma' to wearing masks: McConnell

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday reiterated his call to wear masks, saying there should be 'no stigma' in doing so.

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Reduced voting sites, heated races in NY and KY [Video]

Reduced voting sites, heated races in NY and KY

New York, Kentucky were among the six states holding primaries Tuesday, with heated, key races and fewer polling sites due to social distancing restrictions. Lisa Bernhard has more.

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'We hear you' -Sen. Scott unveils police reform bill [Video]

'We hear you' -Sen. Scott unveils police reform bill

Senator Tim Scott, the Senate's only black Republican, who crafted a new police reform bill, said the legislation would create greater safety for both suspects and police. "We hear you. We're listening..

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McConnell: Senate Will Talk About Economic Relief To Americans In 'About A Month' [Video]

McConnell: Senate Will Talk About Economic Relief To Americans In 'About A Month'

Business Insider reports Americans will have to wait a bit longer to find out if they can expect another check from the US government. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that..

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Mitch McConnell Urges Americans To Wear Masks [Video]

Mitch McConnell Urges Americans To Wear Masks

Mitch McConnell reportedly urged Americans to wear a mask at a Wednesday event in Kentucky. Business Insider reports he is quoted as saying "you have an obligation." "There's no stigma attached to..

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Cuomo calls out partisanship on state and local funding [Video]

Cuomo calls out partisanship on state and local funding

During his daily briefing on Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo railed against partisanship in Washington when it comes to providing state and local funding following the devastating impact of..

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McConnell Pledges To Scrap Unemployment Boost [Video]

McConnell Pledges To Scrap Unemployment Boost

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to throw out the newly enacted $600 boost in weekly unemployment checks for laid-off Americans. Why? Business Insider says McConnell doesn't like the..

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Marco Rubio Will Be The Acting Intelligence Committee Chairman [Video]

Marco Rubio Will Be The Acting Intelligence Committee Chairman

Sen. Marco Rubio was chosen to serve as acting chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. According to Reuters, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the announcement. Sen. Richard..

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Mitch McConnell Apologizes For His Comments About The Obama Administration [Video]

Mitch McConnell Apologizes For His Comments About The Obama Administration

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he made a mistake with his comments about the Obama administration. Previously, McConnell said the Obama administration didn’t leave President Donald Trump..

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House votes on $3 trillion aid; Senate vows to reject it [Video]

House votes on $3 trillion aid; Senate vows to reject it

The U.S. House of Representatives is set on Friday to vote on a $3 trillion coronavirus aid package, but Senate Republicans have promised it will be “dead on arrival” in their chamber. Lisa..

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Sen. Burr Steps Down as Intelligence Committee Chair as FBI Probes Stock Trades [Video]

Sen. Burr Steps Down as Intelligence Committee Chair as FBI Probes Stock Trades

On Thursday, the Republican Senator from North Carolina informed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he would be stepping down.

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Burr to step down as head of Senate panel amid FBI probe [Video]

Burr to step down as head of Senate panel amid FBI probe

U.S. Senator Richard Burr is stepping aside as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee during an investigation of stock trades he made before the sharp market downturn triggered by the..

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Dems float $3 trillion U.S. coronavirus bill [Video]

Dems float $3 trillion U.S. coronavirus bill

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday unveiled a $3 trillion-plus coronavirus relief package with funding for states, businesses, food support and families, only to see the measure..

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McConnell Criticizes Obama For Comments On Trump's Coronavirus Response [Video]

McConnell Criticizes Obama For Comments On Trump's Coronavirus Response

Mitch McConnell talked about former President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump's daughter in law, Lara Trump. On a campaign live stream he said Obama “should have kept his mouth shut” about..

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McConnell Speaks Out In Support Of Coronavirus Liability Legislation [Video]

McConnell Speaks Out In Support Of Coronavirus Liability Legislation

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he is helping a broad legislative package related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The package would provide protection for businesses against coronavirus..

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What to Watch in Kentucky Election Results and Colorado Senate Race

A challenger to Senator Mitch McConnell should finally emerge, and John Hickenlooper is trying to win his Senate primary in Colorado, among other races unfolding on Tuesday.
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Lots of Drama But Little Certainty in Kentucky and New York Primaries

Democrats in Kentucky were deciding who would face Mitch McConnell for a Senate seat in the fall. But in both states, it was likely that the winners of close races would not be known for days.
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Senate Democrats Threaten to Block G.O.P. Police Reform Bill

Calling Republicans’ policing bill “woefully inadequate,” Democrats called on Senator Mitch McConnell to negotiate a new, more expansive bill both parties could support.
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Can AOC win again? Who will face Mitch McConnell? Here's what to watch in Tuesday's primaries

Several states have primaries and runoffs on Tuesday in the latest elections amid the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 120,000 in the U.S.
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Who will face Mitch McConnell? 3-way Kentucky Democratic primary comes to a head Tuesday

They all have the same goal: to persuade Kentucky Democrats they're the one who can dethrone Mitch McConnell and end his 36-year Senate career.
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U.S. Senate votes to confirm McConnell protege to influential appeals court

The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to confirm a federal judge who is a protege of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to an influential appeals court in Washington.
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McConnell 'OK' changing Confederate names of bases

McConnell 'OK' changing Confederate names of bases  
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McConnell says Democrats' policing bill 'going nowhere' in Senate

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday a police reform bill put forward by House Democrats would not succeed in the Republican-led Senate.
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Senate's only black Republican blasts critics of his police reform plan

U.S. Senator Tim Scott, the chamber's only black Republican, was thrust into the center of the national debate on policing when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put him in charge Tuesday of the caucus's..
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Tim Scott, the U.S. Senate's only black Republican, leads police reform push

South Carolina's U.S. Senator Tim Scott, the chamber's only black Republican, was thrust into the center of the national debate on policing when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put him in charge of the..
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Schumer hits GOP on police reform, COVID relief

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer criticized his counterpart, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, along with Senate Republicans for failing to move additional COVID relief legislation, as well as..
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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, addressing George Floyd protests, calls President Donald Trump 'deranged'

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich addresses George Floyd death, criticizes President Donald Trump and Senate leader Mitch McConnell.
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McConnell urges calm despite 'horrendous' events

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the latest cases of police brutality in Minneapolis and Louisville "absolutely horrendous," but he urged protesters to remain peaceful, saying senseless..
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U.S. Senate Republican leader threatens 'reexamining' U.S.-China relationship

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday threatened to reexamine the U.S.-Chinese relationship if Beijing pursues a "further crackdown" on Hong Kong, after China was set to impose new..
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Next U.S. coronavirus rescue package not too far off, McConnell says

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday another stimulus package to deal with the impact of the coronavirus was "not too far off."
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House expected to approve $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill as White House, McConnell push back

House Democrats are hoping to pass a $3 trillion coronavirus relief package that has been declared "dead on arrival" by President Donald Trump.
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Mitch McConnell says he was 'wrong' to say Obama left behind no pandemic plan

"I was wrong," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News. Obama "did leave behind a plan. So, I clearly made a mistake in that regard."
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Senate Intelligence Committee chairman stepping down during stock sale investigation

Republican Senator Richard Burr will temporarily step aside as chairman of the intelligence committee, effective at the end of Friday, during a federal investigation into whether he sold shares ahead..
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McConnell, With Majority at Risk, Returns to an Old Target: Obama

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U.S. Senate leader says will only consider narrow coronavirus bill

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, on Tuesday said that any new coronavirus-response legislation would have to be "narrowly targeted," as he criticized a $3 trillion plan..
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McConnell says he is spearheading broad coronavirus liability bill

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that he is helping to spearhead a broad legislative package that would provide protection against coronavirus-related litigation for..
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Senate leader expects vote soon on seeking China sanctions over Uighurs

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday he expects the chamber to move soon to pass a bill that would call on the Trump administration to toughen its response to China's crackdown..
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Fight brews in Congress over Republican push to protect business from coronavirus lawsuits

A key U.S. Senate Democrat pushed back on Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's drive to protect employers from coronavirus-related lawsuits when the economy begins to reopen, saying it would be..
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Democrats say Trump's pick for powerful U.S. court too inexperienced

A federal judge who is a protege of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is too inexperienced to sit on a powerful federal appeals court in Washington,..
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Democrats opposed to Trump's pick for powerful federal court

A federal judge who is a protege of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and ally of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is too inexperienced to sit on a powerful federal appeals court in..
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McConnell hits "pause" on more coronavirus aid

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday it's time to push "pause" on more coronavirus aid. (May 5)  
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Feinstein urges McConnell not to reconvene Senate: 'No way to do this without increased risk'

Feinstein said returning is dangerous and "sends the wrong message to the American people, most of whom are being asked or directed to stay at home."
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Senate Democrat says Republican leader's plan to resume work puts lives in danger

A U.S. Senate Democrat on Wednesday accused Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of endangering the lives of Senate staff if he brings them back to work next week without effective safeguards..
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Senate Republicans to Push Ahead on Judges Over Democratic Objections

The Judiciary Committee is poised to consider the nomination of a McConnell protégé to an influential appeals court, while Democrats say the focus should be on the pandemic.
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Amid coronavirus pandemic, bail out states but not irresponsible pension funds

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'The Marie Antoinette of the Senate': GOP Rep. King slams McConnell for suggesting states go bankrupt

Rep. Peter King said the suggestion that states hurt by the coronavirus outbreak go bankrupt "makes McConnell the Marie Antoinette of the Senate."
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26 Million Americans Have Filed for Unemployment: Live Updates

Senator Mitch McConnell said states should consider declaring bankruptcy. The discovery of an early death rewrote the timeline of the U.S. outbreak.
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Coronavirus News: Live Updates

Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate leader, said states should consider declaring bankruptcy. The discovery of an early death rewrote the timeline of the U.S. outbreak.
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Risky Strategy Has Produced Wins for Democrats in Fights Over Pandemic Aid

Now another struggle looms as Senator Mitch McConnell threatens a go-slow approach on the next round of economic stimulus, including aid to states.
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McConnell Says States Should Consider Bankruptcy, Rebuffing Calls for Aid

The majority leader’s comments drew a strong rebuke from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
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U.S. Senate's McConnell says to assess impact on debt before considering helping states

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday he would like to pause and assess the effects of the trillions of dollars in coronavirus stimulus spending so far before considering..
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McConnell says he favors state bankruptcy over more federal aid

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday opened the door to allowing U.S. states to file for bankruptcy to deal with economic losses stemming from the coronavirus outbreak that are..
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McConnell says Congress has reached deal to replenish halted coronavirus small business loan program

The Paycheck Protection Program, which provides loans to small businesses, was halted Thursday after it allocated all of its initial $349 billion.
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U.S. Senate's McConnell: reached bipartisan agreement on coronavirus bill

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell welcomed a bipartisan agreement on additional coronavirus relief on Tuesday and said he hoped the Senate would quickly pass it.
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Masked McConnell sets Tuesday U.S. Senate session for relief bill

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Talks drag on over U.S. small business aid; Senate sets Tuesday session

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday announced the scheduling of a session on Tuesday, as negotiators continue working on a coronavirus aid bill providing more money for small..
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As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell flashes back to an earlier crisis that gripped the nation, and his own life, when he was a boy. (April 10)  
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Trump administration seeks $250 billion more in aid for small U.S. businesses: Mnuchin

The Trump administration on Tuesday asked Congress for an additional $250 billion in emergency economic aid for small U.S. businesses reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, as Senate Majority Leader..
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Trump administration, U.S. Congress eye quick approval of more small business aid

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U.S. Senate leader hopes to OK more money for small businesses on Thursday

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U.S. Senate to pass massive coronavirus bill on Wednesday: McConnell

The U.S. Senate will move to pass a massive coronavirus bill on Wednesday aimed at providing economic relief for individuals and companies amid the ongoing outbreak, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch..
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Senators reach deal on $2 trillion stimulus bill aimed at coronavirus, bill will pass 'later today,' says McConnell

Sens. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer announced the deal early Wednesday. "We're going to pass this legislation later today," McConnell said.
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As talks drag on, U.S. Senate sets second vote on Monday on coronavirus bill

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, frustrated over the deadlock on a major coronavirus response bill, late on Sunday announced a procedural vote will be held early on Monday on a bill that..
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Senators Race to Reach Bipartisan Agreement on Economic Rescue Plan

Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, said he hoped to reach “an agreement in principle” by midnight.
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