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Sen. Mitch McConnell, facing perhaps the toughest reelection fight of his career, is obscuring his position on a number of policy issues, some of which he previously staked out aggressively and strictly enforced party discipline over.

The latest forecasts by the New York Times and FiveThirtyEight rate the minority leader as the most vulnerable GOP incumbent in the November Senate races, where Republicans have a considerable advantage. And although Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has an uphill climb in bright red Kentucky, the Republican leader is taking no chances — even if it means backing away from some key policy positions he's taken that are unpopular with moderates.

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U.S. officials have apprehended more than 52,000 undocumented children at the Southern border since October, up nearly twofold from the previous year. Most of the children are coming from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala — all of which have experienced horrific gang violence and poverty as of late.

The influx of child migrants has surged to the No. 1 national issue for Americans. While the crisis has been months in the making, there are a handful of key events that helped elevate the story to wall-to-wall national news.

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Sen. Ted Cruz intends to use a bill mitigating the humanitarian crisis at the border to push for the deportation of undocumented youth who have been in the country for years, a move that is inflaming the already rancorous immigration debate.

The Texas Republican will fight to attach language to the bill calling for an end to President Barack Obama's program to defer deportation for qualified young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children (known as DACA), his office tells TPM.

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As Republicans made their case for suing President Barack Obama during a House hearing Wednesday, Democrats warned that they were embarking on a dangerous new precedent that could dramatically enhance the power of the judiciary.

The Rules Committee, where Republicans have a 9-4 split, is expected to vote next week on the measure to sue Obama for unilaterally delaying the Obamacare employer mandate. From there it'll go to the House floor, where Speaker John Boehner has promised a vote this month. Aides in both parties widely expect it to pass the full House.

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Establishment Republicans and allies of Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) have scoffed at state Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R) claims of rampant voter fraud in the runoff election between the two for U.S. Senate. But, ahead of a press conference on Wednesday where McDaniel plans to discuss the evidence he's found, Cochran's campaign and the Mississippi Republican Party have also taken steps to prepare for some kind of lawsuit.

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Sarah Palin, your wish is not granted.

A panel of the House's staunchest conservatives on Tuesday rebuffed the former Alaska governor when asked about her call last week for impeaching President Barack Obama. Some said impeachment was impractical, some said it would hurt the GOP politically and others cautioned that Obama hasn't committed high crimes and misdemeanors.

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