Fact-checker debunks Mitch McConnell’s claim that Republicans merit credit for stronger economy

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently claimed that the American economy suddenly improved when it became clear that Republicans likely would gain control of the U.S. Senate in the midterm elections. PolitiFact.com begs to DISAGREE: McConnell said a recent economic uptick appears to “coincide” with “the expectation of a new Republican Congress.” Even leaving aside the question of causation, key statistics show that the economic recovery was under way well before September, which is our best estimate for when...

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Will Ted Cruz make Mitch McConnell’s status as Senate majority leader a nightmare?

The photo above is perhaps the perfect characterization of the situation that awaits the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate come next year. Mitch McConnell seems optimistic, but Ted Cruz seems to be raising some prickly issue or another. There’s more on this matter HERE: The Kentucky Republican [McConnell] achieved his lifelong dream on Tuesday night in a massive victory for his party, and is positioned to move into Sen. Harry Reid’s ornate suite in the Capitol when the next Congress convenes on Jan. 3. But it is likely to be...

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A new political term arises: Vote No, Hope Yes

Republican lawmakers who don’t much like their Tea Party brethren but are afraid of them have unwittingly spawned a term for their craven charades. Joan Walsh EXPLAINS: [T]here’s more to be said about the debacle in the Senate this week, when GOP leaders were forced to vote to move forward with a bill to lift the debt ceiling after saboteur Ted Cruz filibustered it. Having made the world safe for Democrats to do the right thing and vote for the bill, all 43 Republicans then voted against it (two didn’t vote at all). I dislike Cruz as...

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Mitch McConnell says there will be no more shutdowns over Obamacare

THIS isn’t going to sit well with the Tea Party dude who’s mounting a primary challenge to the Mitch Man: Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says he will not allow another government shutdown as part of a strategy to repeal ObamaCare. McConnell (Ky.) told The Hill in an interview Thursday afternoon that his party learned a painful political lesson over the past 16 days, as its approval rating dropped while the government was shuttered. He said there’s no reason to go through the political wringer again in January, when the...

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Facing a far-right primary challenger, Mitch McConnell can do nothing to avert a government shutdown

THIS GUY‘s highest priority is political self-preservation: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election battle against a credible conservative opponent upends congressional politics in a way that makes it harder to avoid a government shutdown and debt default. In recent years, the Kentucky Republican has had a knack for cutting deals at the last minute to break impasses and avert fiscal crises. This time around — as federal government funding expires Sept. 30 and as the U.S. brushes up against the debt limit in the fall —...

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