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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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Scoochie Smith #11 of the Dayton Flyers battles for a loose ball against Kasey Hill #0 and Dorian Finney-Smith #10 of the Florida Gators during the south regional final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the FedExForum on March 29, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Scoochie Smith #11 of the Dayton Flyers battles for a loose ball against Kasey Hill #0 and Dorian Finney-Smith #10 of the Florida Gators during the south regional final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the FedExForum on March 29, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Final Four Primary: Bush, Paul, Walker — and WWE’s McMahon?

Is it mere coincidence that much of the Final Four play is coming down to teams from states with potential Republican candidates for president in 2016? There’s Florida’s Jeb Bush: Final four! Way to go, Florida and @UFCoachBillyD! #MarchMadness —...

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The Michigan State Spartans bench late in the game against the Connecticut Huskies during the East Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2014 in New York City.

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The Michigan State Spartans bench late in the game against the Connecticut Huskies during the East Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2014 in New York City.

Obama’s Bracket Busted: UConn ‘Bandwagon’ Welcomes President

President Barack Obama’s bracket is busted. With Michigan State’s loss to the University of Connecticut in the NCAA basketball finals, so goes the president’s prediction for the tournament winner. This lowers the March Madness predictive record of the hoops-in-chief to...

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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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The Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski presents President Barack Obama with a copy of the NCAA bracket during an event in honor of the NCAA Men's Basketball Champion Duke Blue Devils.

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The Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski presents President Barack Obama with a copy of the NCAA bracket during an event in honor of the NCAA Men's Basketball Champion Duke Blue Devils.

Obama’s NCAA Picks: One for Five

Never mind Ukraine. Forget about Syria. And Edward Snowden? Long gone. Today, President Barack Obama addressed the issue gripping much of Washington and water-cooler crowds everywhere: He picked Michigan State to win the men’s championship in the annual ritual of...

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This sign posted at the northwest entrance gate to the White House in this 2007 file photo, dictates the proper dress code for visitors. Persons dressed in improper attire will be turned away. Those items include: jeans, sneakers, shorts, mini skirts, T-shirts, tanktops, and flip flops.

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This sign posted at the northwest entrance gate to the White House in this 2007 file photo, dictates the proper dress code for visitors. Persons dressed in improper attire will be turned away. Those items include: jeans, sneakers, shorts, mini skirts, T-shirts, tanktops, and flip flops.

No Flip Flops at White House Today

No flip-flops were spotted today when President Barack Obama welcomed college sports champs to the White House. Back in 2005, some of the students’ predecessors created a flip-flop flap for wearing the uber-casual footwear for a photo op with then-President...

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Center Stefanie Dolson, second left, gives the "bunny ears" to President Barack Obama while posing for a photo after he received a jersey and basketball from the team during an event in honor of the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Champions, the University of Connecticut Huskies, in the East Room of the White House on July 31, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Center Stefanie Dolson, second left, gives the "bunny ears" to President Barack Obama while posing for a photo after he received a jersey and basketball from the team during an event in honor of the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Champions, the University of Connecticut Huskies, in the East Room of the White House on July 31, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s ‘Bunny Ears:’ Huskie-Style

  A lot of winning sports teams get to have their pictures taken with the president. Not that many put “bunny ears” on the host. Kiah Stokes, a center for the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team did so, as...

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia and The Easter Bunny, cheer on as children race to roll eggs as they participate in the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 1, 2013.

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia and The Easter Bunny, cheer on as children race to roll eggs as they participate in the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 1, 2013.

Obama’s Hoops: Two for 22 — So Much For Home-Court Advantage

Updated at 1:15 pm EDT It was bad enough that President Barack Obama already was “busted” in his NCAA bracket. Most of his early tournament picks fell, and last week his No. 1 pick, Indiana, was defeated. Yet, under a...

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President Barack Obama speaks to the media after Vice President Joseph Biden administered the oath of office to Julia Pierson to become the Director of the United States Secret Service in the Oval Office of the White House on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama speaks to the media after Vice President Joseph Biden administered the oath of office to Julia Pierson to become the Director of the United States Secret Service in the Oval Office of the White House on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s NCAA Bracket: ‘Busted’

So how is President Barack Obama feeling about his NCAA bracket? “Busted,” he said today at the White House. “I think my women’s bracket’s done much better than my men’s bracket,” said the president, asked about his tournament picks after...

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