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Senate Minority Leader Sen Mitch McConnell shakes hands with Sen. Rand Paul during a news conference on May 16, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

McConnell, Paul Forge Alliance

To cover his political flank, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has forged an alliance with Tea Party darling Rand Paul, picked up support from other national Tea Party leaders and brought in a campaign manager from the upper echelons of the tea party movement.

07/07/2013

The Senate's Republican leader is telling major league sports: Don't play with "Obamacare." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

GOP To Sports Leagues: Don’t Play With ‘Obamacare’

The Senate’s Republican leader is telling major league sports: Don’t play with “Obamacare.”

06/28/2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks after a weekly Senate Republican caucus meeting on May 21, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

GOP Leader Warns Of Attacks On Free Speech

The Senate Republican leader, who last year accused the Obama administration of Nixon-style dirty tricks, said Friday the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups is part of a broader government assault on free speech.

06/21/2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks after a weekly Senate Republican caucus meeting on May 21, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

McConnell: White House ‘Institutionalized Practice Of Pitting Bureaucrats’ Against People They’re Serving

The Senate Republican leader, who last year accused the Obama administration of Nixon-style dirty tricks, says the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups is part of a broader government assault on free speech.

06/21/2013

Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference on June 13, 2013 at the Capitol Hill Club on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Rand Paul: ‘Here A Scandal. There A Scandal. Everywhere A Scandal.’

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell took political potshots Saturday at President Barack Obama, saying his expertise at “the blame game” allowed him to win re-election to a second term even though he did a “very poor job” in the first.

06/17/2013

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)

McConnell: NSA Programs Are Legal, Snowden Should Be Fully Prosecuted

The Senate Republican leader says the National Security Agency programs are legal and subject to rigorous oversight as he questioned the motivation of the private contractor who leaked information about the surveillance operations.

06/11/2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves his office for the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill on March 22, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

McConnell Aides Discuss Ashley Judd On Recording Being Investigated By FBI

The FBI has been asked to look into whether Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign headquarters was bugged after a recording of a private campaign meeting surfaced in a liberal-leaning magazine.

04/09/2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to his office following a press conference after a Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 26, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

McConnell Cozying Up To Tea Party To Head Off Primary Challenge

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is gearing up for a tough re-election fight next year in Kentucky.

03/04/2013

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell raised the possibility of a filibuster against defense secretary Chuck Hagel's nomination. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Sen. McConnell Raises Possibility Of Filibuster Against Chuck Hagel

The Senate Republican leader is raising the possibility of a filibuster of President Barack Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary.

02/04/2013

GOP Senators have vowed to reject President Obama's consumer oversight nominee unless the office itself is changed. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

GOP Senators Vow To Reject Obama’s Consumer Protection Nominee

Renewing a 3-year-old fight over bank oversight, Senate Republicans said Friday they will oppose President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unless the office created after the 2008 Wall Street financial meltdown is significantly changed.

02/01/2013

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