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Country First: Why John McCain Must Dump Trump

“Country first” is not an easy ideal to uphold, especially in our polarized national politics. For years the former prisoner of war could claim, more plausibly than most American politicians, that he has tried to live by those words. Not any more.

August 6, 2016
Test tubes with blood samples from patients who have been tested for Zika are seen at the maternity ward of the Hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa, Honduras April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

Congress Missed Its Chance To Help Combat Zika

“By the time they get back, it’ll be really too late to have much impact,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “So whatever is going to happen, looks like it’s going to happen.”

August 3, 2016
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Cartoon: The McConnell Administration

Welcome your REAL next president.

July 16, 2016
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives to talks to the media after a weekly Senate Republican luncheon

McConnell To Trump: ‘Stick To The Script’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that while Donald Trump should “stick to the script,” he remains comfortable backing the presumptive Republican nominee. In an atypically candid interview with Bloomberg’s “Masters in Politics” podcast, McConnell expressed caution over Trump’s racist comments towards Judge Gonzalo Curiel.

June 10, 2016
An attendee holds a sign in support of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during a campaign rally in Santa Cruz, California, U.S., May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

5 Reasons It’s Going To Be Very Hard For Bernie Sanders To Concede

“I think the party of Lincoln wants to win the White House,” Mitch McConnell said Sunday morning, laying out his party’s cold calculation. “The right-of-center world needs to respect the fact that the primary voters have spoken.” It’s an inauspicious sign that Democrats at this point can’t even agree on a definition of what “primary voters have spoken” means.

June 6, 2016
People line up to visit the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

The Supreme Court Is Being Forced To Waste A Year

Since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February SCOTUS has balanced on a too-even keel, with four sitting conservatives and four liberals, and has deadlocked twice. The court’s punting likely stemmed from justices’ desire to avoid another 4-4 deadlock, which is an unfavorable outcome that leaves the law undefined and resolves nothing.

May 22, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump poses for a photo after an interview with Reuters in his office in Trump Tower, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., May 17, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Will Trump Cost Republicans The Senate?

Republicans hold a 54-46 majority in the Senate. But they are defending 24 seats in November compared with just 10 for Democrats — only a third of the Senate is up every two years — and they are in jeopardy of losing enough seats to lose control.

May 20, 2016
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The Lies Mitch McConnell Tells

The quality of a lie is a direct reflection of the respect the liar has for the person being lied to. That will seem counterintuitive, but consider: You put effort into a lie, work to make it plausible, credible, believable, when you have regard for the recipient, when his good opinion matters or his discovery of the truth would be disastrous. That being the case, what does it suggest when you put as little effort into a lie as McConnell has?

March 23, 2016
US President Barack Obama announces Judge Merrick Garland of the United States Court of Appeals as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court at White House in Washington

Who Is Merrick Garland?

If it matters to Senate Republicans: The 63 year-old Chicagoan has a sterling reputation of being compassionate and fair-minded.

March 16, 2016
Ryan holds a news conference after a Republican House caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Republican Leaders Condemn Bigotry, But Won’t Talk About Trump

Both Ryan and McConnell said they did not want to weigh in further on the presidential race, something they have declined to do for months.

March 1, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd R) meets with the bipartisan leaders of the Senate to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, at the White House in Washington March 1, 2016. From L-R: Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Vice President Joe Biden, Obama, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA). REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

No Breakthrough In Supreme Court Dispute Between Obama, Republicans

Republican leaders rebuffed President Obama during a face-to-face meeting that failed to budge them from their vow to block any nominee he offers.

March 1, 2016
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Late Night Roundup: Drone Strikes — ‘Precise’ And ‘Imperfect’

Trevor Noah and former CIA Director Michael Hayden discussed the complex moral issues of fighting against terrorism through the use of drone strikes.

February 26, 2016
Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV), official photograph.

Obama Weighs Republican Nevada Governor For Supreme Court

Brian Sandoval, a 52-year-old Mexican-American, is considered a moderate Republican, particularly on social issues.

February 24, 2016
U.S. President Obama delivers statement on plans to close the Guantanamo military prison at the White House in Washington

Obama To Proceed With Court Nominee Despite Republican Defiance

“I hope they’ll move quickly to debate and then confirm this nominee so that the court can continue to serve the American people at full strength.”

February 24, 2016
File photo of U.S. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walking past a portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S Supreme Court's Great Hall in Washington

Senate Republicans Move To Block Obama High Court Pick

Senate GOP declares they will not hold Supreme Court confirmation hearings, nor even meet with a nominee from President Obama.

February 23, 2016
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk of Illinois speaks to supporters after beating Democratic nominee Alexi Giannoulias, at an election night rally in Wheeling

Republican Kirk Breaks With U.S. Senate Leaders On High Court Seat

Kirk, who holds President Obama’s old Senate seat, is facing a tough re-election fight in Illinois.

February 22, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the close of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage

White House Rebuts Supreme Court Hypocrisy Charge Against Obama

Spokesman: Obama’s vote to block Alito “symbolic,” contrasted to “Republicans’ reflexive opposition” to Obama nominating new justice to replace Scalia.

February 17, 2016
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Late Night Roundup: Colbert Salutes Scalia — Really

Stephen Colbert paid a personal tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as a guy with a fun sense of humor.

February 16, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia during a statement delivered in Rancho Mirage

Obama Starts Work To Pick Supreme Court Justice Amid Political ‘Bluster’

White House: “This is not the first time that Republicans have come out with a lot of bluster, only to have reality ultimately sink in.”

February 15, 2016
Ryan arrives to meet with Obama and McConnell at the White House in Washington

Obama, Republican Leaders Seek Elusive Common Ground In White House Meeting

The Oval Office discussion was PresidentObama’s first formal face-to-face meeting with Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House.

February 2, 2016
Senate Republican leaders take questions from the media on upcoming budget battle on Capitol Hill in Washington

Heading Into Endgame, Mcconnell Declares ‘Dysfunction Is Over’

He may be fond of saying there’s no education in the second kick of a mule, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is plotting another run at a functioning appropriations process in 2016.

December 15, 2015
Senate Majority Leader McConnell talks to reporters after the Senate Republican weekly policy luncheon at the Capitol in Washington

When Will Corporate America Confront Republican Climate Denial?

What would forward-looking American corporations do if they really, truly, seriously wanted to stop climate change? They would do what they do whenever they want to influence any important policy change, of course.

December 4, 2015
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Obama Makes Pitch To Win Support For Pacific Trade Pact

The free trade deal faces objections from many sources in Congress, including Republicans worried about the impact on their home industries.

October 6, 2015
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Senate Bill Would Keep Federal Agencies Open Into December: McConnell

Senate Republicans initially will seek to pass a version of the spending bill that cuts off all federal funds to Planned Parenthood.

September 22, 2015
McConnell returns to his office after delivering remarks on the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Senate Democrats Block Move To Derail Iran Nuclear Deal

A Republican-backed measure to derail the Iran nuclear agreement was blocked in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, in a major foreign policy victory for President Obama.

September 10, 2015