Mitch McConnell

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 26: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) heads into the Republicans Policy Luncheon on October 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. It is expected that the Senate will vote on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court later in the day. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mitch McConnell
Where Things Stand: All But Certain Prime Badge
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Vice President Mike Pence won’t be around for tonight’s confirmation vote in the Senate. Republicans are clearly unconcerned that they will need him to break any sort of tie.

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Where Things Stand: Different Standards Are McConnell’s Favorite Cop-Out Prime Badge
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The Senate majority leader’s hazy statements distancing himself from the administration’s missteps are a staple of his leadership in the Trump era.

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So What Is The ‘McConnell Rule,’ Really?
McConnell has always honored a straightforward principle when it comes to judicial selection.
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President Trump wasted no time declaring when his SCOTUS nomination announcement will be because the Senate majority leader wasted no time — literally no time, maybe minutes after the late justice’s death broke news Friday night — to declare he’d bring him or her to the Senate floor.

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UNITED STATES - AUGUST 24: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., questions Postmaster General Louis DeJoy during the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing titled “Protecting the Timely Delivery of Mail, Medicine, and Mail-in Ballots,” in Rayburn House Office Building on Monday, August 24, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Pool)
Where Things Stand: Congress Back In Session Today, Expectations Low Prime Badge
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Congress is back in session and if lawmakers are able to band together to pass some sort of COVID-19 relief package in coming weeks, it might be the last major piece of legislation we see before the 2020 election.

Which means: things could get ridiculous. There’s too much at risk to expect any different.

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UNITED STATES - MAY 13: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives for the Senate Republican luncheon in Hart Building on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
The empty courtroom is seen at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington as the justices prepare final decisions of the high court's term, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The Cost To Save Our Democracy Is $4 Billion. McConnell Is Refusing To Pay It.
This chaos and voter suppression are entirely preventable. Secretaries of States and election officials should be doing everything in their power to expand mail-in voting, guarantee no-excuse absentee ballots, and expand early voting. And Congress should be providing them the resources to do so.
Where Things Stand: This Alleged ‘Double Standard’ Prime Badge
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stood on the Senate floor this morning, nobly calling out the “double standard” he thinks is being applied to protests amid COVID-19.

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