Tag: McConnell, Mitch

Trump Says ‘Hong Kong Is Not Helping’ in Trade War With China

HONG KONG — In his most extensive comments on the months of unrest in Hong Kong, President Trump said on Wednesday that China should “humanely” settle the situation before a trade deal is reached. His comments, delivered on Twitter, for the first time tied the fate of pro-democracy protesters to a trade deal with China, […]

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Trump’s Pile of Rubble

WASHINGTON — One of the most totemic pictures of the Obama era was a White House photo showing the president bowing to let a 5-year-old black boy touch his hair. As Jackie Calmes reported in The Times, the boy, the son of a departing National Security Council staffer, had shyly told Barack Obama, “I want […]

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Trump Wants ‘Intelligent Background Checks’ and Says McConnell Is ‘On Board’

WASHINGTON — President Trump said the time was now for lawmakers to come together and pass new laws for “meaningful” background checks on gun purchasers as he left the White House on Friday for a political fund-raiser in Southampton, N.Y., followed by a vacation at his golf club in New Jersey. “We need intelligent background […]

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McConnell Expresses New Willingness to Consider Background Check Bill

WASHINGTON — Under intense pressure to take action on gun safety in the wake of two weekend massacres, Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, expressed a new willingness Thursday to consider a measure expanding background checks for all gun purchasers, saying it will be “front and center” in a coming Senate debate on how to […]

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Twitter Locks Out Mitch McConnell’s Campaign for Posting Video of Protest

Senator Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign remained locked out of its Twitter account Thursday morning after posting a tweet that included a video of people making violent threats against the majority leader in front of his Louisville, Ky., home. The tweet, in which the campaign labeled the protesters an “angry left-wing mob,” is no longer visible […]

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Late Night Gets Serious About Mass Shootings

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. If you’re interested in hearing from The Times regularly about great TV, sign up for our Watching newsletter and get recommendations straight to your inbox. The Neverending Gun Show […]

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Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul Are Recovering From Medical Procedures

Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, Republicans of Kentucky, are recovering at home from medical procedures they had over the weekend, their teams said. Mr. McConnell, the majority leader, fractured his shoulder at his home in Louisville, while Mr. Paul underwent surgery to remove a portion of his lung. “This morning, Leader McConnell tripped at […]

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How McConnell Can Ditch ‘Moscow Mitch’

To the Editor: Re “Pressure Mounts on Senate Leader to Secure Ballot” (front page, July 31): Too bad that Mitch McConnell is upset about his new nickname, Moscow Mitch. Instead of feeling slighted, he should do what any other patriot would do: Use his good will and prominent office to prevent the Russians from again […]

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‘Moscow Mitch’ Tag Enrages McConnell and Squeezes G.O.P. on Election Security

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell is usually impervious to criticism, even celebrating the nasty nicknames that have been bestowed on him by critics. But Mr. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is incensed with his new moniker, “Moscow Mitch,” and even more miffed that he has been called a “Russian asset” by critics who accuse him […]

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Heading Into Long Recess, House Democrats Take Home a Mixed Record

WASHINGTON — On their 100th day in power, they squabbled about spending as President Trump assailed one of the first Muslims in Congress with a video of the Sept. 11 attacks. On the 200th day, they fought privately over impeachment as they completed a landmark budget deal that added hundreds of billions of dollars in […]

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What Will It Take for Congress to Protect America’s Elections?

Testifying before Congress this week about his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, Robert Mueller, the former special counsel, seemed eager — desperate, even — to drive home one message: foreign adversaries are intent on undermining American democracy, and the United States is still vulnerable to them. Even as Mr. Mueller declined to […]

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McConnell Doesn’t Want the Senate to Talk About Trump’s Tweets. Here’s a Way Around Him.

There was no question that the Democrats who control the House of Representatives would pass a resolution condemning President Trump’s racist tweets last week. But there was also no question that the majority leader, Mitch McConnell, would quash any attempt to even discuss a similar motion in the Senate, despite the fact that Democrats hold […]

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Senate Approves Tax Treaties for First Time in Decade

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve updates to international tax treaties, some of which were negotiated in the early years of the Obama administration, in a bipartisan victory for multinational companies. The so-called treaty protocols with Switzerland, Japan and Luxembourg were approved a day after senators passed a protocol with Spain. […]

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Amy McGrath, Running to Unseat Mitch McConnell, Raises $2.5 Million in 24 Hours

Amy McGrath, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel and combat pilot who is seeking to unseat Senator Mitch McConnell in 2020, raised $2.5 million in the first 24 hours of her campaign, her campaign manager said Wednesday. The fund-raising haul eclipsed the first-day total raised by some heavyweight contenders for the Democratic nomination for president, like […]

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Amy McGrath Opens Campaign to Oust Mitch McConnell in 2020

WASHINGTON — Amy McGrath, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel and combat pilot whose star power in the Democratic Party in 2018 failed to capture her a House seat in Kentucky, announced Tuesday that she would seek to take on Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, for his seat in 2020. Ms. McGrath, 44, made […]

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Amy McGrath Opens Challenge to Mitch McConnell in Kentucky

WASHINGTON — Amy McGrath, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel and combat pilot who was a star Democratic candidate in 2018 but failed to capture a House seat in Kentucky, announced Tuesday that she would seek to take on Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, for his seat in 2020. Ms. McGrath, 44, made her […]

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It’s Nancy Pelosi’s Parade

SAN FRANCISCO — Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump have a lot in common. Neither one drinks, yet they have family vineyards. They both love big bowls of ice cream. Their last names are — depending on the shade of the state — curse words. Pelosi was once dubbed “Mussolini in a skirt,” while she has […]

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Is Joe Biden 2020’s Jeb Bush?

Gail Collins: Bret, the president’s been putting on quite a performance. Cavorting with Kim Jong-un in the DMZ and joking with Vladimir Putin about Russian interference in our presidential election, hehehe. Next, he’s planning to expropriate the traditional Independence Day celebration in Washington and turn it into some kind of Donald Does Democracy personal extravaganza. […]

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Hey, Democrats, What About the Senate?

Round 1 of the Democratic presidential primary debates is history, leaving the public with much to chew over. So many candidates. So many promises. So many governing visions for where to take the nation. Here’s the stark reality: Regardless of who captures the Democratic nomination, and possibly the White House, next year, his or her […]

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The Court Mitch McConnell Built

Mitch McConnell openly celebrated the Supreme Court’s landmark 5-to-4 ruling on Thursday that declared the court had no power to interfere in excessively partisan gerrymandering. He had earned his victory lap. After all, Mr. McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and Senate majority leader, created the current court to deliver precisely that sort of outcome. His audacious […]

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