7:25 AM, Nov 12, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Late last night, the White House announced a carbon deal with China. As the Washington Post explains:
Chinese leader Xi Jinping and President Obama struck a deal Wednesday to limit greenhouse gases, with China committing for the first time to cap carbon emissions and Obama unveiling a plan for deeper U.S. emissions reductions through 2025.
China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, pledged in the far-reaching agreement to cap its rapidly growing carbon emissions by 2030, or earlier if possible. It also set a daunting goal of increasing the share of non-fossil fuels to 20 percent of the country’s energy mix by 2030.
Senator Mitch McConnell, who will likely be Senate majority leader next year, immediately blasted the deal.
"Our economy can’t take the President’s ideological War on Coal that will increase the squeeze on middle-class families and struggling miners. This unrealistic plan, that the President would dump on his successor, would ensure higher utility rates and far fewer jobs. The President said his policies were on the ballot, and the American people spoke up against them. It’s time for more listening, and less job-destroying red tape. Easing the burden already created by EPA regulations will continue to be a priority for me in the new Congress," said McConnell in a prepared statement released just after midnight.
With Mitch McConnell.3:46 PM, Nov 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama said he'd "enjoy having some Kentucky bourbon with Mitch McConnell:"
"Are you going to have the drink with Mitch McConnell now -- that you joked about at the White House Correspondents Dinner?" the president was asked.
7:40 AM, Nov 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a live interview late last night on CNN, Texas senator Ted Cruz refused to commit to supporting Mitch McConnell for majority leader in the Senate.
"You are now going to be in the majority in the United States Senate," said CNN host Wolf Blitzer. "Quickly, will you support Mitch McConnell as your leader in the United States Senate?"
7:22 PM, Nov 4, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Despite the quick victory, it's obviously too early to tell whether this is a good omen for Mitch McConnell's chances of becoming Senate Majority Leader. Looking at the map, a few key things jump out. It looks like McConnell overperformed in coal country compared to his 2008 victory in the state, which is likely a consequence of the Obama administration's so-called "war on coal." And his Democratic challenger Allison Lundergan Grimes underperformed in key Democratic areas relative to 2008.
Will Unpopularity of Obama Hand Senate to GOP?5:50 PM, Oct 9, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost on the 2014 elections.
2:43 PM, Oct 9, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In a few minutes, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky will meet with the editorial board of the Courier-Journal in Louisville.
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.
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: