Mike Pompeo

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 28: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing titled “Evaluating the Trump Administration’s Policies on Iran, Iraq and the Use of Force,” in Rayburn Building on Friday, February 28, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Where Things Stand: This Should Change The Narrative
This is your TPM early-afternoon briefing.

But it probably won’t.

I wrote last week about my fascination with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s months-long crusade to use the media to pressure the secretary of state to run for Senate in Kansas. McConnell views Mike Pompeo as the ideal candidate: He has enough establishment support to unite the party in the key state that’s about to dive into a messy GOP primary over the open seat, where a top contender is polarizing, even in Republican circles.

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WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES - JANUARY 28 2020: U.S. Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY) speaks about the recent bipartisan Congressional trip to Poland and Israel for the commemoration of 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz.
Where Things Stand: McConnell Is Desperate To Maintain His Grip

It’s not the most important news of the day, but I am endlessly fascinated by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) seemingly endless campaign to prod the secretary of state into running for an open senate seat in Kansas.

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Pompeo Says A State Department Official Has Died From Coronavirus
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 28: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing titled “Evaluating the Trump Administration’s Policies on Iran, Iraq and the Use of Force,” in Rayburn Building on Friday, February 28, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for the director of the CIA, Rep.ÊMike Pompeo(R-KS) testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mr. Pompeo is a former Army officer who graduated first in his class from West Point.
BUSHNELL, UNITED STATES - JANUARY 23, 2020:United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo smiles as he greets attendees after delivering remarks on U.S. foreign policy at the Sumter County Fairgrounds.
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