April 12, 2013 In the surreptitious recording, the top Republican and his aides disparage actress Ashley Judd. The liberal SuperPAC Progress Kentucky was created in December 2012 and, according to records, raised just $1,005 last year. It spent only $18.
November 7, 2012 With the election behind them, Congressional leaders are now facing automatic spending cuts and tax hikes that economists fear could plunge the economy back into recession. Can they work together to avert disaster?
August 27, 2012 The trash-talking continues when it comes to who's responsible for the nation's soaring budget deficits.
June 19, 2012 On Capitol Hill Tuesday, Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican and the Senate minority leader, told reporters he would let the all-but-official Republican presidential nominee first announce a position on Obama's decision before offering his own position publicly.
May 16, 2012 The descriptions of the White House lunch meeting from those on the opposing red and blue teams made it sound like yet another meeting featuring the nation's top policymakers that you could have accurately scripted beforehand.
December 22, 2011 Even as he defended his House GOP's increasingly isolated stance against a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut holiday, Speaker John Boehner on Thursday was finding the ground under his feet continuing to shift.
August 10, 2011 There were no real surprises among the GOP picks, just as with the Democratic selections announced Tuesday by Sen. Harry Reid. And just like Reid's choices, they don't exactly inspire optimism that the so-called super committee of 12 lawmakers, evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, will be able to reach an agreement on how to reduce deficits.
August 2, 2011 In choosing Biden to be his vice president, he apparently got even more, seemingly the only person in the Obama White House trusted enough by Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and minority leader, to make the debt-ceiling deal happen and prevent the nation from a first-time ever default.
July 15, 2011 With the Aug. 2 deadline approaching, lawmakers are also working on a plan that would give the president authority to raise the federal debt ceiling. The president is due to hold a news conference about the budget discussions later this morning.
July 12, 2011 In a proposal that appears to be mostly about finding a way to raise the debt ceiling while protecting his fellow congressional Republicans from having to vote to do so, Sen. Mitch McConnell has suggested that Congress could effectively give President Obama the power to raise the debt ceiling.
July 12, 2011 There was more evidence Tuesday that congressional Republicans' theme song could be The Who classic: "Won't Get Fooled Again."For it's a complete lack of trust on the part of GOP lawmakers, stemming from how earlier fiscal deals have gone, that helps explain why Republicans have so far refused Democrats' demands for tax-revenue increases as part of an agreement to raise the debt-ceiling.
June 30, 2011 Thursday was another day lost to the political stare down between the nation's most powerful Democrats and Republicans in the Great Debt-Limit Debate of 2011. Sen. Mitch McConnell invited President Obama to the White House to hear once more why Congress wouldn't approve any agreement that included tax increases. Obama, for his part, essentially said no and headed to Philadelphia fundraiser.
June 24, 2011 The White House press office announced that President Obama and Vice President Biden will talk with Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell next week in a bid to restart stalled debt-ceiling talks.
January 7, 2011 Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell again demonstrated they inhabit alternate ideological universes. In separate interviews on All Things Considered they pretty much didn't agree on anything.