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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), left, and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) at the U.S. Capitol.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), left, and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) at the U.S. Capitol.

McConnell, Boehner Ads Take Different Tacks

The top two Republicans in Congress have new campaign ads on television as they near primary elections next month. The spots for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio take different tacks. McConnell’s...

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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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Julius Randle #30 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates defeating the Louisville Cardinals 74 to 69 during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 28, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Julius Randle #30 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates defeating the Louisville Cardinals 74 to 69 during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 28, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

McConnell: What Plays in Kentucky Stays in Kentucky

Facing a tough re-election fight in a state where college basketball by his own account is “the hottest issue,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell last week avoided endorsing either Louisville or Kentucky before their Sweet 16 encounter in the NCAA...

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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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Mandatory vaccinations for school children against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and chickenpox .

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Mandatory vaccinations for school children against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and chickenpox .

Congress Tables Convention Cash, Offers to Kids’ Health Instead

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker: The Senate took a brief time out from partisan sniping to abolish public financing of the quadrennial Republican and Democratic National Conventions and authorize spending the savings for pediatric medical research. Senate Republican Leader Mitch...

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) during the American Conservative Union Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) during the American Conservative Union Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Cruz-ing for Gridiron Laughs: Texas Senator Wrote a Few Himself

Sen. Ted Cruz wrote the jokes about Sen. Mitch McConnell himself. Noting that Secretary of State John Kerry had arrived at the annual winter dinner of the Gridiron Club in white-tie and tails as the official representative for President Barack...

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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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Matt Bevin of Louisville, Ky., speaks during the 133rd Annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., on Aug. 3, 2013.

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Matt Bevin of Louisville, Ky., speaks during the 133rd Annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., on Aug. 3, 2013.

McConnell’s ‘Blank Check:’ — ‘It’s Not My Money,’ Rival Mocks

Sen. Mitch McConnell’s decision to support a “clean” increase of the debt-ceiling opened the door for Republican challenger Matt Bevin back home in Kentucky. He wasted little time. “Once again #McConnell caves to the left, and votes to break conservative...

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