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Mitch McConnell delivers some real talk to House Republicans

"I'm in a weaker position when the House can't act" said the Senate Minority Leader in a blunt new interview.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Oct 17, 2013
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Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager doesn’t love him. So?

It's hardly news that campaigns are composed of hired guns, many of whom don't love, and sometimes don't even like, the people they work for.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 8, 2013
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The Senate might go nuclear today. Here’s everything you need to know.

What Harry Reid means by the nuclear option.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 16, 2013
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One Senate staffer’s theory: Mitch McConnell actually wants to get nuked

A Senate Democratic staffer e-mails with an interesting -- and off-message -- theory.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jul 11, 2013
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Mitch McConnell’s problem: How can he threaten to obstruct the Senate even more?

Why does a Senate majority rarely push filibuster reform? The minority can make the aftermath hellish.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jul 11, 2013
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McConnell to conservatives: ‘It may not seem like it now, but we’re actually winning.’

He's right. It does not seem like that right now.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Mar 15, 2013
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Why Republicans think they’re winning the ‘fiscal cliff’

As some Republicans see it, they've broken the White House's hardline position on taxes and the debt ceiling. These fiscal cliff negotiations are going better than they possibly could have imagined.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Dec 31, 2012
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The best idea in American politics: Kill the debt ceiling

It's long past time to get rid of the debt ceiling, and the McConnell-Obama plan is as good a way as any to do it. It gives lawmakers more than a chance to avoid the fiscal cliff. It gives them a chance to end America's flirtations with fiscal suicide.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 30, 2012
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What Mitch McConnell fears

Harry Reid's proposed filibuster reforms are quite modest. If they pass wholesale, the 60-vote supermajority requirement will remain unchanged. So why's McConnell so steamed? I've asked Senate staff this question, and I've gotten, in general, three answers.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 27, 2012
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McConnell says Obama wants more revenue than Bowles-Simpson. It’s not so.

Contrary to popular belief, both Simpson-Bowles and Domenici-Rivlin are heavy on tax increases, moreso than Ryan's budget.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 15, 2012
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Does the White House want Mitch McConnell to be majority leader?

The Washington Post is reporting that Senator John Kerry is being seriously considered to head the Department of Defense. I cannot, for the life of me, understand why.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 13, 2012
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The big surprise of 2009-2012: How the Tea Party passed and protected Obamacare

By driving Arlen Specter out of the Republican Party and pushing pure conservatives over more electable Republican candidates, the Tea Party gave Senate Democrats the majorities they needed to pass and protect the key accomplishments of Obama's presidency.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 6, 2012
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Mitch McConnell and John Boehner’s strategy worked

In endorsement after endorsement, the basic argument is that President Obama hasn't been able to persuade House or Senate Republicans to work with him. If Obama is re-elected, it's a safe bet that they'll continue to refuse to work with him. So vote Romney!

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Oct 30, 2012
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Did last night’s tax vote count? Probably not.

One funny thing about the Senate's vote last night to extend the Bush tax cuts for income under $250,000: it was a vote of the Senate. Usually, taxing and spending bills originate in the House because of the "origination clause" in Article I of the Constitution. So Republicans think the bill's Senate origins mean it cannot become law.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 26, 2012
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