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Alex Poythress #22 of the Kentucky Wildcats goes up for a shot as Sam Dekker #15 of the Wisconsin Badgers defends during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at AT&T Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.

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Alex Poythress #22 of the Kentucky Wildcats goes up for a shot as Sam Dekker #15 of the Wisconsin Badgers defends during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at AT&T Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.

Kentucky Playing for NCAA Trophy, No Time Out for McConnell

Another year, another April Monday, another NCAA men’s basketball championship featuring a Kentucky school. Unlike last year, however, the biggest night in college hoops isn’t affecting the Senate’s vote schedule. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2013 arranged for the...

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Senator Scott Brown, a Republican from Massachusetts, in Washington, D.C. on July 15, 2010.

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Senator Scott Brown, a Republican from Massachusetts, in Washington, D.C. on July 15, 2010.

Democrats on Brown: Every Senator Doesn’t Get Two States

Senate Republicans got a blast from the recent past when former — and potentially future — colleague Scott Brown joined them for lunch today at the Capitol. Brown, who won his Massachusetts Senate seat in a January 2010 special election,...

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Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), right, speaks next to (L-3rd L) Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) during a news conference March 26, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), right, speaks next to (L-3rd L) Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) during a news conference March 26, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

‘Kochtopia:’ Reid on Ryan’s Budget

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has accused Republicans of being “addicted to Koch.” Money from the billionaire Koch brothers, that is. Today on the Senate floor, Reid continued his crusade to cast Republicans as puppets of the brothers via another...

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Members of youth honor guard take part in the changing of the guard ceremony at the Soviet-era World War II memorial in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on March 27, 2014.

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Members of youth honor guard take part in the changing of the guard ceremony at the Soviet-era World War II memorial in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on March 27, 2014.

Russian Sanctions ‘Just the Beginning’: Reid

As the Senate and House move today toward passage of bills sanctioning Russia for its incursion in Ukraine and offering about $1 billion of aid for Kiev, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calls this “just the beginning.” “This bill is...

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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) holds up a University of Louisville Cardinal's magazine during a brief news conference outside the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol on July 23, 2013.

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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) holds up a University of Louisville Cardinal's magazine during a brief news conference outside the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol on July 23, 2013.

McConnell Mum on Bluegrass Showdown

This isn’t the first politician whose school loyalty is tested at a critical time in the life of his team — and his own political existence. Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader from Kentucky, is a big fan of alma...

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A housing development above the smog-filled valley of Salt Lake City in Utah.

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A housing development above the smog-filled valley of Salt Lake City in Utah.

Senate’s Climate Change All-Nighter: Look Who’s Skipping the Party

Bring out the cots! A group of Senate Democrats will stage an all-night session of the Senate tonight to discuss a matter the party has no plans to touch legislatively in this election year: Climate change. The group, led by...

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The Dalai Lama, left, meets with U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner at the U.S. Capitol on March 6, 2014.

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The Dalai Lama, left, meets with U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner at the U.S. Capitol on March 6, 2014.

Dalai Lama to Senate: ‘With Our Thoughts, We Make Our World’

It’s rare for the prayer that opens each day’s session of the Senate to draw a packed house, even though Senate Chaplain Barry Black has become a bit of a celebrity. Yet senators, staffers and members of the media all...

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Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes's campaign event on Feb. 25, 2014 in Louisville.

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Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes's campaign event on Feb. 25, 2014 in Louisville.

McConnell Welcomes Clinton, Again

Mitch McConnell says he’s happy to have Bill Clinton in Kentucky. The former president has gone there to campaign for the Democrat hoping to unseat the Senate’s minority leader in November, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. He went...

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Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, left, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, second left, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, make their way to the front of the chamber ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

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Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, left, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, second left, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, make their way to the front of the chamber ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

McConnell Hit for Debt Ceiling Votes

Updated at 10:02 am EST A new web ad out today accuses Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the chief Republican architect of the last several accords raising the debt ceiling, of voting “like a Democrat” on fiscal issues. The ad...

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A Tea Party Internal Revenue Service demonstration on May 21, 2013 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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A Tea Party Internal Revenue Service demonstration on May 21, 2013 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Republicans Press IRS on ‘Free Speech’

Updated at 3:40 pm EST On both sides of the Capitol, Republicans are pushing legislation that would — in the words of the party’s Senate leader — “prevent the Internal Revenue Service from enacting regulations that would permit the suppression...

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