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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R) with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (L) during a news conference on May 16, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R) with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (L) during a news conference on May 16, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

McConnell Features Rand Paul as Kentucky Primary Nears

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, making his closing case to Kentucky Republican voters, is invoking home-state colleague Rand Paul in two television ads that began running today. “On Tuesday, join with Rand Paul and vote for Mitch McConnell,” a narrator...

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Matt Bevin, republican Senate candidate for Kentucky, during the Knob Creek Gun Range Machine Gun Shoot Out in West Point, Ky.

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Matt Bevin, republican Senate candidate for Kentucky, during the Knob Creek Gun Range Machine Gun Shoot Out in West Point, Ky.

Bevin Loans $350,000 More to McConnell Challenge

Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin, in an uphill battle to dethrone Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a Republican primary next week, is turning again to his biggest donor: Himself. Bevin loaned his campaign $350,000 on May 8, raising the amount...

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Maritza Martinez, right, sits with, Jessica Adames, an insurance agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as she tries for the third time to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act at the kiosk setup at the Mall of Americas on Dec. 22, 2013 in Miami.

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Maritza Martinez, right, sits with, Jessica Adames, an insurance agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as she tries for the third time to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act at the kiosk setup at the Mall of Americas on Dec. 22, 2013 in Miami.

Democratic Ad: Obamacare’s `Skyrocketing’ Costs

A senator’s campaign ad refers to “skyrocketing costs in Obamacare” and touts a balanced-budget constitutional amendment. The television spot isn’t from a Republican opponent of President Barack Obama and his health-care and fiscal policies. It comes from a Democratic senator,...

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Coal on barges be pushed down the Ohio River in West Virginia.

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Coal on barges be pushed down the Ohio River in West Virginia.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 3,027

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and three groups aiding his re-election campaign in Kentucky have together aired pro-coal ads 3,027 times. On the Senate floor and on the hustings, Republican McConnell is emphasizing his efforts to protect the state’s struggling...

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U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), right, speaks at a press conference highlighting how veterans are being impacted by the government shutdown at the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 9, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), right, speaks at a press conference highlighting how veterans are being impacted by the government shutdown at the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 9, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Hospitals, Chamber Fuel Alaska Ad War

Two more groups are intervening in the Alaska U.S. Senate race on state television airwaves already clogged four months before the primary and six months before the general election. The American Hospital Association, the largest trade association for hospitals, is...

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