10:17 AM, Sep 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a speech delivered this morning, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell blasts President Obama's foreign policy for making America weaker.
"[W]e’ve all seen how eager the President was to declare an end to the War on Terror," McConnell said, according to a draft of his prepared remarks.
"But as the President was focused on unwinding or reversing past policies through executive order, the threat from Al Qaeda and affiliated groups only metastasized. Uprisings in North Africa and the broader Middle East resulted in additional ungoverned space in Syria, Libya, Egypt and Yemen. There were prison breaks in Iraq, and Pakistan, and Libya, and the release of hundreds of prisoners in Egypt. Terrorists also escaped from prisons in Yemen, a country that’s no more ready to detain the terrorists at Guantanamo today than they were in 2009."
McConnell blasts the president for responding to the growth of terrorism by drawing down. "The President’s response to all this has been to drawdown our conventional forces and capabilities, and to deploy Special Operations Forces in economy of force train-and-assist missions across the globe. Speaking at West Point in May, he pointed to a network of partnerships from South Asia to the Sahel, to be funded by a $5 billion counterterror partnership fund for which Congress has yet to receive a viable plan. And in those cases where indigenous forces prove insufficient, and a need for direct action arises, the President announced his intent to resort to the use of armed unmanned aerial vehicles for strikes, as has been done in Yemen and Somalia. By deploying Special Operations forces, the President hoped to manage the diffuse threat posed by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Boko Haram, terrorist networks inside of Libya that now threaten Egypt, the Al Nusrah front, the Taliban, ISIL and other terrorist groups."
And, as McConnell points out, Obama has been "consistent" regarding one aspect of his national security policy: "drawing down our conventional and nuclear forces, withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan, and placing a greater reliance upon international organizations and diplomacy."
11:25 AM, Sep 2, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Just before the start of the Labor Day holiday weekend, the reelection campaign for Mitch McConnell of Kentucky announced its campaign manager, Jesse Benton, was resigning. Benton was leaving the campaign, Politico reports, "citing potential distractions over renewed attention to a scandal from the Iowa 2012 caucuses."
4:49 PM, Jul 30, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and Kentucky's secretary of state, is turning heads with her confusing answer to a question about the military conflict between Israel and the Hamas-led government in Gaza. Asked by the Lexington Herald-Leader about American support for Israel's "Iron Dome" missile-defense system, Grimes had this to say:
5:00 PM, Jun 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama sought the advice of three initial supporters of the Iraq war on the current situation in Iraq. According to a White House readout of the meeting, the president this afternoon met with Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, and John Boehner, all of whom voted to authorize the Iraq war (except Pelosi, who supported intervening recently in Syria).
10:18 AM, May 21, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Alison Lundergan Grimes, the newly minted Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, is out with her first ad of the general election. The 60-second spot features Grimes speaking directly to the camera about how "no matter how many elections we have, nothing gets better in Washington--it only gets worse." She blames "people at the top in both political parties," not mentioning by name her opponent, Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell.
Watch the ad below:
Will face Democrat Grimes in general election.7:26 PM, May 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has won the Republican nomination, the Associated Press projects. McConnell held off a primary challenge from Matt Bevin, currently winning 60 percent of the vote to Bevin's 35 percent. The call was made shortly after polls in Kentucky closed at 7 pm.
On the Democratic side, secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes easily won her primary. Grimes is hoping to deny McConnell a sixth term in the Senate.
Can Sasse bridge the gap between the Tea Party and national Republicans? 12:10 AM, May 14, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Ben Sasse has just won a decisive victory in the Nebraska Republican Senate primary. As of this writing, the race has been called by the Associated Press and Sasse holds a 27 point lead over his nearest competitor, with 79 percent of precincts reporting. Having clinched the primary win, early polling suggests Sasse will be the likely victor in the general election in November. At 42 years old, Sasse is poised to become the youngest GOP senator.
3:05 PM, May 6, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Yesterday, I reported on how a super PAC -- Freedom Pioneers Action Network, started by Mitch McConnell's former campaign manager Justin Brasell -- was flooding Nebraska with outside money to take down Tea Party endorsed Senate candidate Ben Sasse. The primary is just a week away and the Sasse campaign said they expected more attacks this week. Well, here is one of them, and it's ugly:
4:01 PM, May 5, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
With the Nebraska Republican Senate primary a week from tomorrow, outside money is flowing into the state to take down the race's frontrunner, Midland University president Ben Sasse. And the provenance of the money attacking Sasse is especially curious--a super PAC with strong ties to senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.
1:11 PM, May 2, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, has issued a statement expressing support for Speaker of the House John Boehner's decision to have the House vote on forming a Select Committee on Benghazi.
"The Obama administration's ongoing reluctance to provide information and documentation voluntarily to the American people and their representatives has created the need for additional action by the House of Representatives," McConnell says in a statement released by his Senate office.
8:06 AM, Apr 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor has a 10-point lead in his race to retain his Senate seat, according to a new poll from the New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation. A two-term senator, Pryor has 46 percent support, while his challenger, Republican congressman Tom Cotton, has 36 percent support. Pryor also has 47 percent approval rating as senator, the poll found.
The Senate minority leader seeks majority opinions. Apr 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31 • By TERRY EASTLAND
"This is the best Supreme Court, if you’re interested in a free society and in the ability of Americans to participate in the political process with a minimum amount of government restrictions. In fact, this is a great Supreme Court.”
Of course, President Obama, this great Supreme Court’s greatest scold, didn’t say that. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell did, in an interview last week in the wake of the Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (FEC).
12:06 PM, Mar 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell opposes the nomination of Debo Adegbile as assistant attorney general.
“The Department of Justice in this Administration has too often put politics ahead of the law. The record of the nominee before us to head the Civil Rights Division strongly indicates that if he were confirmed, the politicization of the Justice Department would increase further. He has a long record of left-wing advocacy, marked by ideologically-driven positions and poor judgment," said McConnell on the Senate floor.
9:44 AM, Feb 26, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News: