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Republican senators are attacking GOP challengers earlier and more aggressively than in past elections, including using opposition research to try to knock out upstart rivals before they become serious threats.  Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

GOP Senators Using ‘Opposition Research’ To Fend Off Tea Party Challengers

Republican senators are attacking GOP challengers earlier and more aggressively than in past elections, including using opposition research to try to knock out upstart rivals before they become serious threats.

02/25/2014

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has challenged Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes to three debates.   (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Left And Right Both Battle To Boot McConnell From Senate

Democrats dream of driving U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell into retirement this year, ridding President Barack Obama of one of his fiercest opponents. Tea partyers have the same dream, but they say the Senate’s Republican leader actually is too accommodating to Democrats.

02/15/2014

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, addresses the Heritage Action for America's Conservative Policy Summit on Feb. 10, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Cruz: Verdict On McConnell ‘Is Ultimately A Decision For The Voters In Kentucky’

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz sat with eyes glued to his mobile device as the chaos he provoked ensnared his Republican leaders on the Senate floor.

02/13/2014

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has challenged Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes to three debates.   (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

McConnell Takes Shot At Reid: Senate Being Run Into The Ground By ‘One Person’

Senate Republicans accused Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) of trying to “jam” through legislation and nominations as some members of Congress look to head home before the Christmas holiday.

12/18/2013

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., delivers a speech titled, "Renewing the Opportunity for Prosperity: Economic Freedom Zones" at the Detroit Economic Club on Dec. 6, 2013 in Detroit, Mich. (credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Sen. Paul: EPA Has ‘Overzealous, Anti-Coal Agenda’

Kentucky’s U.S. senators and its five Republican congressmen joined Monday in a legal fight before the U.S. Supreme Court, filing a brief that challenges environmental regulations on coal-fired power plants.

12/17/2013

Sen. Charles Schumer speaks at a press conference on the nomination of Nina Pillard, one of U.S. President Barack Obama's judicial nominees, on Nov. 12, 2013 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Schumer: House Budget Bill ‘A Breakthrough’

A leading Senate Democrat says its “safe to say” a compromise budget bill avoiding a government shutdown will pass the Senate this week.

12/16/2013

Republican senators are attacking GOP challengers earlier and more aggressively than in past elections, including using opposition research to try to knock out upstart rivals before they become serious threats.  Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Ongoing Health Care Troubles Give GOP A Much-Needed Boost

The health care law’s seemingly endless problems are giving congressional Republicans a much-needed boost of energy, helping them to move past the government-shutdown debacle and focus on a theme for next year’s elections.

11/10/2013

The Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday began a long-shot bid at a constitutional amendment that would limit deep-pocketed political campaign donors' influence.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

GOP Fights To Make Sure Obamacare Fees Stick As Democrats Look To Delay

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., proposed delaying the fee in recent budget talks with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. McConnell and other Republican senators objected; the fee was left intact.

10/27/2013

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 16, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

McConnell: ‘Only 2 Percent Of Kentuckians Thought I Was Liberal’

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday brushed off criticism that he has turned into a liberal following his role in a budget compromise with Democrats to end a partial shutdown of the federal government.

10/21/2013

"A visit to the website is kind of like a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles in your state. ... We're going to do everything we can in the future to try to repeal it. But that requires a Republican Senate and a different president." — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, on CBS' "Face the Nation." (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

McConnell: Obamacare Website ‘Like A Trip To The Department Of Motor Vehicles’

“A visit to the website is kind of like a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles in your state. … We’re going to do everything we can in the future to try to repeal it. But that requires a Republican Senate and a different president.” — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

10/20/2013

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