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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)

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would like to increase the amount of troops left in Afghanistan after the 2014 withdrawal. (Photo credit KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Sen. McConnell Looks To Expand Troops In Afghanistan After 2014 Withdrawal

The United States should keep a residual force of about 10,000 in Afghanistan after combat forces leave at the end of 2014, the Senate Republican leader said Monday after a series of meeting with military leaders in the country.


Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks to the media during her weekly news conference, on Jan. 4, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Pelosi: I Would Use 14th Amendment To Automatically Raise Debt Ceiling

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she would use the 14th Amendment to automatically raise the debt ceiling if she were president.


Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel is President Obama's pick for defense secretary. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Obama Picks Former GOP Sen. Hagel For Defense Secretary

Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel is President Barack Obama’s pick to be the next defense secretary.


Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee ranking member Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., questions a witness during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill on June 9, 2011 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Shelby: Republicans Who Voted For Fiscal Cliff Bill ‘Will Rue The Day’

Republicans in Congress who took the politically risky step of voting to raise taxes now find themselves trying to fend off potential primary challenges next year from angry conservatives.


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves the Senate floor and walks back to his office, on Capitol Hill on Dec. 31, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

McConnell: Obama Refuses ‘To Lead On The Pressing Issues Of The Day’

A new Congress opened for business Thursday to confront long-festering national problems, deficits and immigration among them, in an intensely partisan and crisis-driven era of divided government. “The American dream is in peril,” said House Speaker John Boehner, re-elected to his post despite a mini-revolt in Republican ranks.