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Just after the Senate blocked any new anti-violence legislation — in front of several Americans who lost family members in the Newtown massacre — Mitch McConnell posted this “meme” on his Facebook page.

Eighteen hours later it was still up.

While the Senate Minority Leader was unsuccessful in his primary goal — depriving President Obama of a second term — he was able to stand with the NRA to defeat expanded background checks, new gun trafficking laws along with bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

It’s with cynicism like this that McConnell hopes to fend off his greatest fear in life, a Tea Party primary challenge as he faces re-election in 2014.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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Kathy Barnette, a Trumpist conspiracy-peddling Republican candidate in the Pennsylvania Senate race who has been rising through the ranks, speeding even past big-spending rivals, is facing waves of criticism and public backlash for her past anti-Muslim tweets.

On Sunday, in an interview with Fox News Sunday host Shannon Bream, after bobbing and weaving on questions probing her military service, Barnette tried to downplay the gravity of Islamophobic tweets that she had penned.

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